Airport expansion (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
December 12, 2007
Question By: 
Peter Hulme Cross
Organisation: 
One London Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

If I might say so, Mr Mayor, that is a typical 'New Labour' attitude: legislate and tax.

Supplementary To: 

Answer

Answer for Airport expansion (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Airport expansion (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You say anything like that, I will sue you! I am old Labour here. The other problem is that when you do have the opening of Crossrail and you can get from Canary Wharf or Liverpool Street down to Heathrow in 30 minutes, you would be mad to go out to City Airport. Also you have to bear in mind this; each demand for the expansion of City Airport will make conditions for the people living there more and more intolerable. We have just been talking on the previous question about another 300,000 people coming to live in the Thames Gateway. When you are down there and those planes are taking off and landing it is, I think, intolerable for people that live around there. What are we going to do? We are going to triple the number of flights in and out of City Airport, whilst we are trying to persuade a third of a million people to move into the area? It will not be long before they are demanding the airport is closed. In the short term and until the Crossrail opens, you can have some case for it. We do not want to see ourselves facing a situation where it has grown so massively in a decade's time that we do not have the option of closing it because that would then be a really good site for more housing, more employment, and by that stage people will have had all they need of noisy air flights and pollution.