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Expansion of Heathrow could 'destroy Windsor' according to councillor

Expansion of Heathrow could 'destroy Windsor' according to councillor

Philip Dewey

Cllr George Bathurst

The expansion of Heathrow Airport could 'destroy Windsor' according to a Windsor councillor and chairman of the Royal Borough's Aviation Forum.

The comments were made by Cllr George Bathurst (Con, Castle Without) at a meeting of the forum last night, discussing the Airports Commission's options for expanding airport capacity in the UK.

Two of the options open to the commission include the building of a new runway to the north west of Heathrow or the expansion of the existing northern runway, as well as a new runway at Gatwick Airport.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Bathurst said: "If the expansion of Heathrow Airport is given the go ahead, it will destroy Windsor and the reason why people want to come here. It will affect the ability to hold state functions at Windsor Castle and the north-western option will affect Eton.

"It would see an increased level of noise for our residents and will affect our world heritage sights, which the commission have seemed to overlook."

The Royal Borough are now drafting a submission to the Airports Commission before it sits down to consider the options, outlining their concerns about Heathrow and their backing of the Gatwick option.

Chris Nash, the Royal Borough's team leader for Environment Protection, has been tasked with drafting the submission.

He said: "The Airports Commission's paper is one of the biggest things the borough has had to respond to and the implications are enormous, so we are trying to put together a salient response.

"We will be making it very clear that the Royal Borough would not support expansion at Heathrow Airport under any circumstances."

The deadline for the Royal Borough’s submission to the Airports Commission is Tuesday, February 3.

The Aviation Forum meeting took place at Windsor Guildhall.

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