Hillingdon Council is urging residents to take part in the re-launched government consultation on Heathrow Airport's expansion.

The council was one of four to challenge the government's first National Policy Statement for airports consultation.

There are now five weeks left for those living around Heathrow to voice their opinions on whether a third runway should go ahead.

Lobbying from Hillingdon, Richmond , Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils has pressured the government into including information on long-term aviation forecasts and the new national air quality plan – both were missing from the original consultation.

Hillingdon Council also says the government has been forced to admit for the first time that Gatwick Airport's bid makes financial and environmental sense.

The council is urging all residents, including those who responded to the first consultation, to get online and make their voices heard before the December 19 deadline.

Cllr Ray Puddifoot , leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “As we have said from the very beginning, Gatwick is a more sustainable option and one which can be delivered at a much reduced cost to the taxpayer, with far less damage to the environment and wellbeing of people.

“The previous consultation was a sham, and the government has finally admitted that expansion at Gatwick would be more economically beneficial.

"A third runway at Heathrow would be disastrous for Londoners, and I’d encourage all residents to have their say in the latest consultation now.”

You can respond to the government consultation online here .

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