The Davies Airports Commission will report in June 2015: A Labour Government will not be pressured into any hasty decisions, no matter what Davies reports. First and foremost there will be public consultation on the outcome and only when that is complete will a Labour Government consider the options fully to make a decision.
If elected as you MP I will make sure that the public consultation is comprehensive and appropriate. Residents living close to any further proposed airport expansion deserve to be able to both inform and strongly influence the Government decision in a consultation process designed to meet the needs of residents.
Noise pollution has been at the forefront of resident’s concerns about expansion and rightly so: Sleep disruption is known to be linked to heart disease, stress and depression. Fewer people mention air pollution, perhaps because it is largely invisible. However we live in the Bermuda triangle of air pollution from aircraft, from slow moving traffic on the M4. A4 and M25 and also the Colnbrook incinerator which burns rubbish from all over London and the South East. There is little air quality testing, particularly in Windsor constituency.
The 70,000 new homes needed in the area for the incoming workers and the resultant pressure on GP surgeries, schools, hospitals, water treatment, the flood plain etc is not acceptable when local children already cannot get school places and people queue for GP and hospital appointments.
The ConDems and RBWM have pulled the wool over the eyes of local people with their posturing on Heathrow expansion, whereas I will open their eyes to the need for strong and effective consultation and campaigning.