A delegation of campaigners are heading to Strasbourg today to warn EU chiefs of the dangers of air pollution if Heathrow expansion gets the green light.

Hounslow councillor Barbara Reid will be among council leaders who will tell the EU environment commissioner Stavros Dimas that the government's plans to increase the number of flights using Heathrow by up to 60,000 will make air quality even worse.
 
The airport already exceeds EU limits on air pollution but the 2M group of local authorities will present evidence to Dimas showing that theGovernment has no plans to ensure that the area around Heathrow meets EU limits on air pollution before 2015.

Cllr Reid said: “The government is planning to add an extra 1,000 flights a week to Heathrow next year, but has absolutely no intention to make Heathrow play by the rules on air pollution.
 
“People living in west London experience some of the worst air pollution in Europe and the government’s answer is to allow more planes to fly over our homes. Everyone knows that more planes means more pollution, so it is clear that the government’s actions will mean more pollution for local people.
 
“It is little wonder that so many people are fighting the government’s plans to expand Heathrow. The say NO campaign has gathered huge momentum across London and the UK and we must build on that support. Taking our fight to Europe will help us build more support for our campaign against Heathrow expansion.”