Runaway Misery

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The Government is pressing ahead with plans for a third runway at Heathrow despite warnings that at least 2.2m people could be affected by noise from an expanded airport.

The Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia said: “You wouldn’t buy a house without checking if it was going to be overflown or affected by toxic fumes. Now ministers expect Parliament to give a blank cheque to Heathrow for a third runway affecting more than 2.2m people without knowing where the planes will fly.”

A report warns that a third runway could have a ‘seriously damaging effect on communities living under and adjacent to flight paths.’

Richmond Council leader Cllr Gareth Roberts said: “We are no further forward on air quality. Ministers have a duty to protect people living and working in the area around Heathrow from the ill—health consequences of poor air quality.

“Ministers still seem set on backing a new runway which would damage the health of 121,000 people in the area and in some cases cause premature death.”

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