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CALL ON COUNCILLORS TO UNITE AGAINST AIRPORT EXPANSION 'MENACE'

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A leading aviation campaigner has called on councillors across west London to unite against the menace of airport e...
A leading aviation campaigner has called on councillors across west London to unite against the menace of airport expansion 'before it's too late'.

The call to arms from Hounslow LBC's lead member for aviation issues, Ruth Cadbury, comes in the wake of a controversial campaign launched by supporters of expansion targeting councillors in the boroughs around Heathrow.

Ms Cadbury said: 'There are plans in the pipeline that will see Heathrow grow by 50% in the next ten years. Expansion on that scale will be disastrous for the residents of west London. As their local representatives, we have a duty to protect their future and ensure the needs of our communities come before the needs of the airport.'

Ms Cadbury was responding to media reports that Future Heathrow (a campaign group that supports and encourages sustainable capacity growth at Heathrow Airport) has been encouraging airport employees to send postage paid cards in support of expansion to their local councillors. The cards acknowledge that 'constituents complain about noise and pollution' but urge councillors to focus on the economic benefits instead.

Ms Cadbury said: 'Local people will be horrified by Future Heathrow's suggestion that economic gain is more important than protecting our communities from noise and pollution. The aviation industry needs to strike a balance between all the social, environmental and economic factors, but that does not mean that profits come first.

'The airport is a proven economic success, so the suggestion that it will suddenly fall into decline if it is not allowed to expand relentlessly is highly irresponsible. Future Heathrow should not be promoting scare stories about job losses and economic disaster, it should be working with local councils to ensure airport employees living near Heathrow can enjoy a good quality of life and a decent night's sleep.

'Local councillors recognise the contribution the airport has made to the local economy, but that does not mean it can keep on expanding at any cost. We need to act on behalf of our residents to ensure they are protected from the menace of airport expansion before it's too late.'

Ms Cadbury will be approaching councillors across west London and urging them to present a united front in responding to Future Heathrow's controversial campaign.

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