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 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.