As Heathrow expansion moves one step forward with the launch of a public consultation, information events are due to be held across west London.
People will be able to speak to Department for Transport officials or ask them any information on the third runway plans outlined in the government's draft national policy statement, which favours the north-west runway option .from February 13.
The all day weekday events will run from 11am to 8pm and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
The proposals are outlined in a draft airports national policy statement (NPS) which sets out the need for additional airport capacity and reasons why the government believes a north-west runway at Heathrow is the best option.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has highlighted the importance of a new runway to the post-Brexit economy, but the proposal continues to attract wide-spread criticism.
|Monday, February 13||Southall||St George’s Community Centre, 8-12 Lancaster Road, Southall UB1 1NW|
|Saturday, February 18||Ealing||Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 2BY|
|Tuesday, February 14||Uxbridge||Uxbridge Community Centre, 32b, The Greenway, Uxbridge UB8 2PJ|
|Saturday, March 4||West Drayton||Yiewsley and West Drayton Community Centre, Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton UB7 9JL|
|Monday, February 27||Hounslow||Hounslow Civic Centre, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN|
|Wednesday, March 15||Isleworth||Isleworth Public Hall, South Street, Isleworth TW7 7BG|
|Wednesday, March 1||Kensington||Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 7NX|
|Monday, March 6||Hammersmith||Assembly Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9JU|
KINGSTON & RICHMOND
|Wednesday, February 15||Kingston||Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE|
|Thursday, February 23||Twickenham||York House, Richmond Road Twickenham TW1 3AA|
|Friday, March 10||Richmond||RACC, Parkshot, London TW9 2RE|
|Thursday, February 16||Bracknell||Carnation Hall, 29 Chavey Down Road, Winkfield Row, Bracknell RG42 7PU|
|Friday, February 17||Wimbledon||Everyday Church, 30 Queens Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8LR|
|Monday, February 20||Staines-upon-Thames||The Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines TW18 3HD|
|Friday, February 24||Putney||Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, London SW15 1BL|
|Tuesday, February 28||Stanwell Moor||Stanwell Moor Village Hall, Stanwell Moor, Staines TW19 6AQ|
|Friday, March 3||Windsor||Windsor Youth and Community Centre, 65 Alma Road, Windsor SL4 3HD|
|Tuesday, March 7||Maidenhead||Sportsable, Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1BN|
|Saturday, March 11||Gerrards Cross||Colston Hall, 8 East Common, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AD|
|Monday, March 13||Slough||The Curve, William Street, Slough SL1 1XY|
Heathrow executive director for expansion, Emma Gilthorpe, said: “The launch of the government’s national policy statement consultation is an important milestone in the delivery of Heathrow’s expansion plans."
MP for Ealing Southall, Virendra Sharma, added: “The need for additional airport capacity has become even more critical following the decision to leave the European Union."
Campaign group HACAN (Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) has urged ministers to "be bold enough" to reject the additional runway if the consultation reveals 'real problems' with the proposal.
HACAN chairman, John Stewart, said: “There is no way that a quarter of a million extra planes a year cannot but have a severe impact on many people’s lives."
The consultation closes on May 27 2017.
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