Heathrow Consultation

UPDATE!

Our next street stall consultation will be as follows:

Outside South Ruislip Tube Station: Saturday 17 August, 11-2pm.

If you’d like to help us at this stand, please email me at: elizabeth@hillingdonlibdems.org.uk. Thanks!

We provide simple forms upon which you can write your concerns about the 3rd runway anonymously*, and we will raise them on your behalf on the Consultation Day detailed below. Johnson has let us all down on this; let’s make our collective voices heard.

*For our Privacy Policy, see below.

Uxbridge Street Stall, Saturday 10 August – what a fantastic response!

We had a great time chatting with residents about their thoughts and concerns about the Heathrow Expansion. Many people came to find out about the Consultation Day to be held at Brunel University on 20 August, and about the details of proposed works.

We were delighted to be able to provide residents with an opportunity to give anonymous feedback, which included many people who cannot attend the Consultation event and/or don’t want to provide personal data on the Consultation website.

All data collected at our stall was anonymous, and we heard a wide range of views – from concerns about environmental and noise pollution, to the prospect of more work and increased financial security for some.

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20 June 2019

We all know that a week can be a long time in politics at the moment, and that Brexit is taking media coverage away from other constituency and national issues. But the issue of the Heathrow expansion is NOT going away – certainly not in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

(C) http://www.heathrowconsultation.com Heathrow Airport, aircraft landing, microwave landing system (MLS) in foreground, Nov 2001, SB (CHE810)

A major constituency concern

Since becoming PPC at the end of March 2019, one of the key issues being raised time and again when I talk to constituents is how let down – and angry – they are at Boris Johnson’s duplicity and disinterest in the impact the third runway will have on their quality of life, house prices, and so forth.

Johnson the consumate con artist

Oh, Johnson is big on words – he told LBC listeners how he would ‘lie down “in front of bulldozers”‘ if the project went ahead. But what Johnson says and what he does, as so many now realise, are two very different things. All he would do – and has done – is get as far as yet another lie.

Leaving Heathrow out of the Conservative Manifesto in 2017, when Johnson was Foreign Secretary, was a predictable move, since it was well known that it was a contentious issue they could ill-afford to raise at the time. When the time to vote on the issue arrived in 2018: Johnson scarpered; he considered a trip to Afghanistan preferable to supporting constituent concerns. Mr Predictable-No-Show couldn’t even be bothered, therefore, to turn up for the vote. He remains curiously silent about those bulldozers.

Chris Grayling (two words that strike fear and dread into the heart when mentioned in the same sentence as any form of transport) gave the go-ahead, and now the consultation phase is upon us. And it has – like Brexit to date – been facilitated by Labour, who continue to appear split on the issue.

Want to discuss this with your current Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP? Expect a wait of around 9 months… Want to talk to the Lib Dem’s about this? We are here and we are listening NOW!

What will a third runway mean for Hillingdon residents?

The Airspace & Future Operations Consultation document on Heathrow’s Airspace Design Envelopes for Expansion can be downloaded here.

It makes for grim reading. In short:

Flight paths over Uxbridge, Ruislip, Pinner & Northwood =

17 flights per hour, 18 hours a day.

Aircraft proximity =

Pages 18-19 – Pinner D1 – 2,000-9,000ft

Pages 30-31 – Ruislip/Pinner D7 – 2,000-9,000ft, Uxbridge 4,000-15,000ft

Pages 32-33 Uxbridge D8 –  6,000-21,000ft

Pages 36-37 Uxbridge /Ruislip D10 – 4,000-15,000ft 

The detrimental effects on health caused by noise pollution are well documented (see here, for example).

Consultation Process – how to get involved

The consultation process has now opened (18 June – 13 September 2019) for individual and collective comment, with a list of topics available to which you can respond here.

Worryingly, for the whole of Uxbridge & South Ruislip constituency there is only one consultation event: 20 August, at Brunel University, 2pm-8pm.

For the full list of consultation days, see here. Note there is NO consultation offered for Ruislip – one of the areas set to be most affected in North Hillingdon.

Lib Dem support for concerned constituents

So what can we do to help? We will be running a series of opportunities for you to work with us to organise responses in advance of the 20 August event.

Further details will appear on this page shortly, so look out for updates but we will be offering you opportunities to let us know directly about your concerns.

  1. A brief questionnaire and free-text feedback, which we will then raise with the appropriate parties – particularly if you are unable to attend on 20 August. (These will be available on this page in due course, and will be available in hard copy at #2 below.)
  2. A weekend street stall (one in Uxbridge, one in South Ruislip – details to follow), where you can come and speak to me directly about your concerns, and provide me with any information you’d like me to impart on your behalf.

We need (and will have) a strong Lib Dem presence at this consultation meeting, and I will be there for the entire duration. I will also seek to ensure our voices are heard in the mainstream media on this issue.

In the interim, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and/or our local party here.

We are here, and we are listening. #DemandBetter

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