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Council reiterates strong position against the expansion of Heathrow Airport

Council reiterates strong position against the expansion of Heathrow Airport

Tom Roddy

Council reiterates strong position against the expansion of Heathrow Airport

The strong position of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead against the expansion of Heathrow Airport was reiterated at its cabinet meeting last night (Thursday).

The Royal Borough is set to provide a second robust response to a consultation on the Airports Commission, stating that it is strongly against a third runway being introduced.

It believes Gatwick Airport should receive the funding for a second runway as Heathrow 'can be better without being bigger.'

Cabinet member for environmental services, Cllr Carwyn Cox (Con, Hurley and Walthams), praised Chris Nash, team leader for environmental protection, for setting out an 'excellent response' in a short amount of time.

Cllr Cox said the response had stated that it would be 'wholly unacceptable' to increase the pollution in the area.

He said: "We set out the need for an air quality assessment to be undertaken so that our residents will know what life will be like if Heathrow is expanded."

Cllr Malcolm Beer (Old Windsor Residents' Association, Old Windsor) raised concern about the way in which the commission put 'a value on lives'.

He said: "They are putting a value on the lives which will be shortened by pollutions.

"I think it is totally wrong that a commercial value can be put on lives"

He said it would not be worth the economic benefits if lives were shortened.

Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside), deputy leader of the council, agreed with the comments from Cllr Beer and asked Cllr Cox to 'beef' up the council's objections to the balance between social interests and economic interests in the consultation.

He added: "Any organisation that wants to trade off how long people live should be completely discredited.

"We are and we continue to be one hundred percent against the expansion of Heathrow. We are pro-Gatwick."

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