Adam Afriyie
MP for Windsor
Fighting against insensitive overdevelopment
The UK needs new houses to meet the needs of a growing population, but building and planning must be done in coordination with local communities. Berkshire, Windsor and the surrounding areas have beautiful parks and green spaces. We must conserve these for future generations. Once they're gone, they're gone.
I believe
  1. Residents must have a strong voice in local planning decisions
  2. We must protect our beautiful local areas for future generations
  3. Planning must not be a top-down process driven only by the Council in the face of local resistance
Actions undertaken in Parliament
  1. Asked 7 written questions to Ministers
  2. Published over 10 articles in the national and local media
  3. Replied to as many as 1,650 letters from constituents about local development
Recent activities
The Airports Commission is stuck in the past

While it is disappointing that the Commission’s first recommendation for a third runway at Heathrow reflects a backward looking view of aviation world, there is good reason for optimism. Gatwick remains on the table as a credible and commercially viable option.

With the door open for Gatwick we may finally be closer to a decision and I will be urging the Government to take the opportunity of a generation to choose Gatwick.

It is frustrating that Sir Howard’s main recommendation is destined to join the long list of reports left gathering dust on the shelves of Whitehall. Heathrow expansion is politically undeliverable and I am confident that residents, local authorities and MPs will put a halt to it.

The scale of the noise, congestion and pollution issues associated with a third runway make it unrealistic to think they can ever be overcome. Particularly when 27 times more people will be affected by flight paths and noise from an expanded Heathrow compared to a two-runway Gatwick.

A third runway at Heathrow would be this generation’s Millennium Dome. An embarrassing grand projet, which proves both costly and counter-productive for residents, consumers, taxpayers, the economy and our environment. 

Where next for the fight against the Third Runway?

Heathrow Noisy AirplaneWhile the debate on Britain’s aviation future won’t start in earnest until the final report from the Airport Commission is released in the summer, the fight against the third runway continues.

During the recent election campaigns, local MPs from the main parties won their seats on the back of a pledge to fight Heathrow expansion. This is good news because newly elected MPs must now live up to those pledges in Parliament by making the case that any airport expansion must not include a third runway at Heathrow.

A number of constituents have been in touch with me in the weeks following the Election asking what they can do to help.

What can you do to help?

To do your bit please:

Adam Afriyie keeps fighting for flood defences

The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie was behind a recent Parliamentary Question, asking how many homes would be protected by new flooding defences.

The Minister who replied, Dan Rogerson, said that the Government’s plans would protect 400 homes in Windsor and Maidenhead and up to 3,000 in total around the Thames Valley.

Mr Afriyie commented:

“Phase one of The River Thames Scheme is underway and it’s great to have the funding in place from Government for the whole scheme, which will protect 15,000 homes between Datchet and Teddington.

“But I want to keep flooding on the political agenda as the election approaches and that’s why I continue to raise the issue in Parliament and work with our local councillors and campaign groups.

Adam Afriyie blasts Heathrow expansion plans at huge rally

The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie was among a group of speakers from several political parties and campaign groups to speak at a rally set up to oppose plans for a third runway at Heathrow.

The rally took place at the Church House conference centre in Westminster and brought together hundreds of campaigners to support the fight against Heathrow’s plans for a third runway.

The event titled “Rally against the Third Runway” was organised by campaign group HACAN and welcomed Conservatives Adam Afriyie, Zac Goldsmith, Mary Macleod, Steven Norris, Liberal Democrat Business Minister Vince Cable, Labour MPs John McDonnell and Andy Slaughter as well as representatives from the Green Party and UKIP to speak.

Mr Afriyie said after the event:

“The breadth of speakers from all major political parties at the Rally against the Third Runway shows that Heathrow’s plans are completely politically undeliverable.

Windsor MP welcomes the early end to the Heathrow flight path trials

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has praised local residents for their victory in ending the Heathrow flight paths trials ahead of schedule.

Following the news that Heathrow is planning to end its flight path trials over Ascot, Windsor and Binfield ahead of schedule, Mr Afriyie emphasised that the fight was not over and that all residents must make their voices heard to ensure that the Windsor constituency would not be affected by flight path trials or the proposed Third Runway.

Adam Afriyie said:

“It’s a relief for me, and I’m sure for other Windsor residents, to hear that the Heathrow’s flight path trials will be coming to an end earlier than planned, on the 12th November.

“It’s a victory for common sense and for the many constituents who have been left angry and frustrated by these trials.