London Councils speaks out


London Councils, which represents the capital’s local authorities, has spoken out against the further development of Heathrow Airport.

Its announcement comes in response to the government’s consultation on the airport’s proposed third runway and sixth terminal.

However, it has little faith in the consultation process. The Council’s chairman, Councillor Daniel Moylan, said that "arguments against expanding Heathrow far outweigh any that could be made in favour of the scheme".

"At best this consultation is pointless because the government has already said they are in favour of expansion. At worst it is loaded because it is clearly seeking to make people believe expanding Heathrow is the only option."

The group believed that little thought was given to improving local rail connections, which supporters claim could cut flights by around 100,000 a year if they were improved.

In addition, it was frustrated by the lack of information on the airline’s noise reduction policies and has pressed for details on how more flights could leave from local airports.

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