Isle of Grain Feasibility Funding

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2170
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given that you spent £3.2m of taxpayers money on arguing unsuccessfully to have your estuary airport shortlisted within the Davies Commission, does the additional £2m of taxpayers money you intend on spending to, to quote you at your visit to Hillingdon, "pluck from the waste paper bin" represent value for money?

Answer

Answer for Isle of Grain Feasibility Funding

Answer for Isle of Grain Feasibility Funding

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Aviation is an important issue that touches a wide range of my strategic responsibilities, the economy, housing, quality of life, transport, and culture. I want the Government to develop a long-term aviation policy which can best meet London and the UK's needs. The budget that I have allocated to aviation represents value for money.

A significant proportion of this money is being used to understand the current and future effects of existing airports (most notably Heathrow) on Londoners and their city, as would be expected by a strategic authority affected by the proposals. Opposing Heathrow expansion is a stance on which I am pleased to have the support of the Assembly, as well as London Councils and MPs.

I am proud to support the case for a new hub airport. The positives of such a project would be extremely large, supporting as it would nearly 400,000 jobs across the country, with the benefits from extra connectivity alone forecast to boost GDP by £7bn a year. This is in addition to the benefits that could be gained from redeveloping a vacated Heathrow site, which could support 90,000 jobs and 80,000 homes.