Heathrow: Local support for airport expansion remains strong
New Populus polling shows support for Heathrow expansion remains strong in communities surrounding the airport, with an increase of local residents continuing to stay favour of the project than opposed. The polling email address details are published at the close of Heathrow’s largest public consultation on expansion yet, where in fact the airport’s preferred plans for expansion were open and revealed for further scrutiny over a 12-week period.
Results released by Heathrow show that local support for expansion remains high, with an increase of local residents supporting the project than opposing, in 16 of the 18 Parliamentary constituencies closest to the airport – including in the Prime Minister’s own constituency, South and uxbridge Ruislip.
Regular polling since 2015 shows that the project has local support consistently, with new figures maintaining this sentiment since Parliament (including most local MPs) voted towards the project this past year. Heathrow expansion will generate thousands of new apprenticeships and jobs for residents, with potential to get rid of youth unemployment in local boroughs. The once in a generation project may also inject vast amounts of economic benefits into local communities whilst making certain expansion is delivered consistent with strict mitigation and environmental commitments.
The polling results come as Heathrow’s statutory Airport Expansion Consultation closes today. The 12-week consultation has been Heathrow’s largest & most innovative consultative exercise up to now, holding over 40 local events supported by a thorough publicity campaign encouraging 2.6 million households in the footprint of the airport, to possess their say on the airport’s proposals.
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Following the close of the consultation, Heathrow shall analyse the feedback and utilize it to shape its final plans for expansion. Heathrow shall then submit this within its application to the look Inspectorate in 2020, kickstarting the approvals process. Your choice on whether to grant the DCO will undoubtedly be created by the Secretary of State for Transport carrying out a public examination period led by the look Inspectorate.
Emma Gilthorpe, Executive Director of Heathrow Expansion said:
“It really is great to note that local support for expansion continues to stay high. A large number of residents recognise the huge benefits this project shall bring, including new jobs, apprenticeships, improved green space, better transport networks and enhanced environmental mitigation programs.
“The neighborhood community will continue steadily to play a pivotal role in assisting us to shape and improve our plans, in order that we are able to deliver an expanded Heathrow we are able to all be pleased with.”
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