The Davies Commission (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2168
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you think it acceptable that on the afternoon of Wednesday 1st May, Heathrow hand delivered letters to a number of homes to inform them that should a third runway go ahead they would be compulsorily purchased?

Answer

Answer for The Davies Commission (4)

Answer for The Davies Commission (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Those whose homes are threatened by Heathrow's third runway proposals must be treated fairly and with respect. At best, Heathrow Airport Limited's (HAL) handling of this comes across as inept.

HAL's current proposals for expansion have been on the table for over a year and I would have hoped that the airport had properly engaged with and consulted these residents during this period about the scope of its plans and their implications. If so, it is not clear why HAL should choose to write to these residents on the day of the Airports Commission announcement, which is, after all, merely a recommendation with no legal force and one which follows a deeply flawed process.

I would strongly urge HAL to improve its engagement with local communities significantly and to ensure it deals with those affected with dignity, sensitivity and care.

I remain committed to fighting a runway which has dire environmental consequences and which does not even meet the economic need. I hope that, working together, we can ensure that the people who received these letters will never need to be forced from their homes and their communities.