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Hounslow Chamber of Commerce 'extremely happy' over decision to expand Heathrow Airport

On Tuesday (October 25) Government approved a third runway for Heathrow Airport and the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce has backed the decision

A CGI of an expanded Heathrow(Image: Heathrow Airport)

The Hounslow Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind the Government's decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

On Tuesday (October 25) the Government voted to approve a third runway at the airport, sparking a wave of criticism from campaigners .

Former candidate for the Mayor of London and Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, resigned on the same day in protest at the decision .

But the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce has listed its reasons as to why it is 'extremely happy' with the decision.

Chief executive, Stephen Fry, said: "The approval of the third runway and Heathrow expansion is the right choice for business.

"Moreover it is the right choice for the UK and will play a pivotal role in ensuring our post Brexit economy is a success.

"We look forward working with Heathrow, Hounslow Council, & Regional and Central Government to ensure that local businesses play a key role in the economic growth that expansion will bring.

"We also look forward to working with other regional Chambers of Commerce to ensure that an expanded Heathrow secures the expected benefits for the whole of the UK.

"The Government has demonstrated that it is not afraid of big infrastructure projects and is signalling to the world that a post Brexit UK is open for business."

The Chamber said the two main reasons it believes the decision to expand is a success is because it mean businesses in Britain can plan for a post-Brexit economy, and that the decision sends out a message that says "come and trade with us."

Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, added: "The announcement by the government to support expansion at Heathrow Airport with a new runway, will obviously have a huge impact on the residents and businesses of Hounslow.

"It will have significant long term implications for our borough and I can guarantee residents and businesses that we will make sure their voice is heard in the National Policy Statement [NPS] consultation on the new runway.

"Our position as a Council has not changed, we want a better, not bigger Heathrow Airport.

"We will however, work with Heathrow on behalf of our residents and businesses, many of whom are employed directly at Heathrow or are part of the supply chain, to ensure the best possible outcome and to reduce any adverse effects of the decision.

"We have already achieved some local improvements, particularly for our schools, this work must continue."

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