Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, is encouraging the public to join the collective response by the No 3rd Runway Coalition (N3R Coalition) opposing expansion at Heathrow. The N3R Coalition are an umbrella group representing nearly every major anti-3rd Runway pressure group.
The N3R Coalition is asking members of the public to download and sign a document expressing their opposition to a 3rd Runway at Heathrow. Anyone can let the government know about their concerns by downloading the template here, signing it and emailing it to RunwayConsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk.
Heathrow’s greatest weakness has always been the number of people it affects due to its archaic location.
It already affects more people than any other airport in Europe. Indeed, 24% of people in Europe affected by aircraft noise are under Heathrow.
The Windsor MP welcomes the Government for delaying its decision on airport expansion.
The Government has said that it will wait to hear more evidence before choosing which airport will be given permission to build a new runway but that at the moment it is leaning towards expanding Heathrow.
Adam has been a long-term opponent of Heathrow expansion and has run a campaign against a third runway since he first became an MP in 2005.
Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP, commented:
“I very much welcome the Government’s decision not to authorise a third runway at Heathrow given the cost to the taxpayer, the pollution and carbon emissions and the fact that 68 times more people are affected by expansion at Heathrow compared to a second runway at Gatwick
“If we are going to limit our ambitions to a single new runway in the South East then the Government would do well to rule out Heathrow expansion today and allow Gatwick to proceed. This would cost the taxpayer nothing and it can be built straight away without the risk of legal holdups.
“Gatwick is clearly the better of the two available short-term options environmentally, economically and politically
“Despite concerns over delay, it is better to make the right decision than an early decision. This pause for thought will give the Government to reflect on the titanic body of evidence against Heathrow expansion, which is not in the national nor local economic interest and would entrench the existing market dominance of Heathrow Airports Ltd when Gatwick would deliver a cleaner environment, lower cost flights and blight far fewer people with noise
Notes to editors:
- Adam has been fighting against the third runway since he was first selected as the Conservative candidate for the Windsor constituency. Find details of his activity here;
The recent decision on airport expansion is deeply disappointing. Yet in some ways it’s understandable given the groupthink surrounding a third runway to which the Airport Expansion sub-committee has been subjected.
We need new airport capacity and we need it fast. But it needs to be introduced in the most cost-effective and least environmentally damaging way possible.
We are getting closer and closer to a decision on airport expansion.
The argument against expansion at Heathrow, when there are so many preferable alternatives, has been made time and time again. As someone who has campaigned against Heathrow for more than a decade, I can’t even count the number of debates I have spoken at, petitions I have signed and local community groups that I have visited. Now, more than ever, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. That is why I have decided to support an Early Day Motion (EDM) proposed by my colleague Zac Goldsmith; someone who has likewise campaigned against expansion at Heathrow for many years.