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Heathrow Airport expansion: Hounslow residents encouraged to have their say on third runway proposals

The revised draft statement includes information on long-term aviation forecasts

Hounslow residents are being reminded they have just over six weeks left to share their views on the expansion of Heathrow Airport .

Locals can put forward their opinions to new evidence in the government's revised draft Airports National Policy Statement which includes information on long-term aviation forecasts.

The statement also sets out the impact of changes arising from updated noise analysis, a new air quality plan, government policy changes and responses to the first consulation.

The consultation is open until December 19, so residents will have to ensure their views are submitted online before that date.

The Department for Transport has said it is still on track to submit its final proposals to Parliament in the first half of next year, after which MPs will vote on the proposals.

If approved, work on the expansion is expected to begin at the beginning of 2021.

'Huge impact on Hounslow'

Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, said: "Our position on Heathrow Airport remains, as it has always been, that we’d like to see a better not bigger airport.

"The government’s recommended expansion at Heathrow will have a huge impact on the residents and businesses of Hounslow.

Artist's impression of the expanded Heathrow Airport, including the third runway(Image: Heathrow Airport/PA Wire)

"The council wants to ensure that issues of noise, pollution and additional congestion are properly addressed.

"This Department of Transport consultation is an important step towards a final decision and I strongly urge all Hounslow residents and businesses to make sure they have their say online.


"Have a look at all the information and put your views across.

"The consultation is open to everyone and we want to ensure voices from our borough are heard."

Following the reopening of the consultation on October 24, a spokesman for Heathrow Airport said: "The forecasts show expanding Heathrow, the UK's only hub airport, is even more important than previously realised.

"A third runway will ensure Britain's place in the world as an outward-looking trading nation.

"That's why the government has committed to a final vote on expansion in the first half of 2018."

More information about the planned expansion can be found on the government's website .

To have your say, click here .

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