A new anti-airport expansion group has been set up by residents of Hounslow and Brentford.

Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion (BASHR3) has been launched in the wake of the government's consultation on proposals for a northwest runway at Heathrow Airport.

The news of the government's preferred scheme has rattled many cages in the borough with major concerns over noise, traffic and air pollution.

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Brentford resident Dave Waller has helped set up the new campaign group as many more lives will be blighted by another flightpath, urging people to attend the consulatations.

He said: "My partner is suffering severe asthma because of the level of air pollution in the area.

"If the third runway goes ahead, it is sure to get worse and we will be forced to move out of the area.

"Our lives will also be blighted by an increase in noise caused by the new flightpath, which will cut across Brentford.

"I urge everyone who is concerned about the health impact of these plans to join the Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion campaign and fight these environmentally destructive proposals."

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The group has the full support of MP for Brentford and Isleworth Ruth Cadbury who claims a third runway will "affect everyone in the borough" with almost 50% more flights.

Ms Cadbury added: "I'm pleased a new resident's campaign group Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion has been set up and I urge local people to join them.

"The third runway approach will go over the parts of Brentford Chiswick and Isleworth not currently overflown and will mean less respite for those under the existing flight paths.

Ruth Cadbury MP backs new ant-airport expansion group BASHR3

"It will mean more traffic as our roads will have to cope with 50% more freight and flight servicing traffic, even if more passengers and staff arrive by rail or bike as the government are suggesting".

The MP has urged her constituents to attend the consultation and to ask questions and submit comments.

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Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: "The government’s recommended expansion at Heathrow will have a huge impact on the residents and businesses of Hounslow, with noise, pollution and additional congestion our main concerns.

"The Department of Transport’s consultation on a new northwest runway is an important step towards a final decision and I strongly urge all Hounslow residents and businesses to attend a consultation event."

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The first consultation event for Hounslow residents will be held on Monday (February 27) at Hounslow Civic Centre from 11am to 8pm.

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