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Council responds to Heathrow decision

by James Renoux-Wood Wed 2 November 2016, 4:59 pm

Hounslow’s council leader, Steve Curran, has reacted to news that the government is supporting plans to expand Heathrow by adding a third runway.

Hounslow Council's leader, Steve Curran

Curran, who was elected as leader of the council in 2014, spoke of how the decision would have a “huge impact on the residents and businesses of Hounslow”.

"It will have significant long-term implications for our borough and I can guarantee residents and businesses that we will make sure their voice is heard in the National Policy Statement [NPS] consultation on the new runway," he said. "Our position as a council has not changed – we want a better, not bigger Heathrow Airport.

"We will however, work with Heathrow on behalf of our residents and businesses, many of whom are employed directly at Heathrow or are part of the supply chain, to ensure the best possible outcome and to reduce any adverse effects of the decision. We have already achieved some local improvements, particularly for our schools – this work must continue."

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