Heathrow third runway consultation takes off today

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By Teddington People | Monday, February 03, 2014, 09:12

140,000 households and businesses will receive their consultation booklets from Heathrow Airport this week to share their views on the building of a new north west runway, shortlisted by the Airports Commission at the end of last year. Anyone who does not receive a booklet can still take part at drop-in sessions and online as part of the 6 week consultation.

However, while the airport has said it would like to encourage participation and questions, it has also made clear that it will not ask for views about whether the new runway should be built at all.

A spokesperson said: "This is not a consultation about whether there should be a third runway at Heathrow or not. That is a decision for the Government and the Airports Commission, not for us as the operators of Heathrow. Our responsibility is to work out the best way of delivering a new runway if the Government decides that the project should go ahead."

" We will be asking local communities for their views on how to improve the shortlisted runway proposal to the north west of the airport. The results of the consultation will help Heathrow understand what is most important to local residents and will be used to refine the runway proposal before it is resubmitted to the Airports Commission in May."

Chief Executive Colin Matthews said, “We believe our proposal to expand Heathrow is the right way to deliver the capacity Britain needs to connect to fast growing economies around the world. This consultation is to make sure we correctly understand what local people value and that we can take their views into account as we refine our proposal. The more people that tell us their views, the more successful the process will be. We know that opinion is divided locally about whether a third runway should go ahead or not, but everyone has an interest in making sure that if a third runway does happen it is developed in the best way possible.”

The results of the consultation will be used to refine the runway proposal before it is resubmitted to the Airports Commission, in charge of making decisions over the UK's growing airport capacity needs, in May.

For more information, details of where the consultation events will take place and how you can submit your views, visit the website.

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