DIGEST: Reaction has emerged from some of the councils affected by the Airports Commission’s decision to reject plans to build a new airport in the Thames estuary.
All three political leaders on Medway Council – which sits on the south side of the estuary – welcomed the announcement and said the plans for the airport had led to “misery for residents”.
Council leader Rodney Chambers (Con), said: “We have said all along that it should never have even been considered. The cost to the taxpayer was never fully explained and it would have resulted in the mass destruction of habitat and wildlife that could never be replaced.
“This scheme has been a distraction we could have done without as we worked on our existing regeneration plans to bring new jobs and homes to Medway.
“We have known from the start that this plan was wrong but still had to fight until the end to ensure it never got off the ground.
“This has never been about ‘nimbyism’; this has been about fighting for what is right for Medway and the environment.”
There was also a reaction from Hounslow LBC, which is adjacent to the airport and houses many of its employees.
Amrit Mann, deputy leader of Hounslow LBC (Lab), said: “We, like most people, thought Boris Island was a flight of fancy and now that it has been sunk, Heathrow won’t have to close.
“This makes many of the tens of thousands of jobs reliant on the airport more secure in the long term.
“We’re proud to have Heathrow on our doorstep and want to see it prosper.
“But we want a better not bigger Heathrow, and a better deal for the people of Hounslow. We want the best quality of life possible for our residents now.
“This means better protection from aircraft noise in our homes and schools and better public transport like a massively improved Piccadilly line and a new rail link from the south.”