Revised Draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS)

Closing date: 19th Dec 2017

Dear Resident,

A third runway would be an environmental disaster and a blight on our local community, without delivering anything like the promised economic benefits.

The newly revised figures put Gatwick marginally ahead of Heathrow in terms of economic benefits, and more or less equal in terms of connectivity. It is even harder now to understand why the Government is still wedded to the option that is most disruptive, will impact the most people, will make it hard if not impossible for us to stay within air pollution limits, is surrounded by uniquely complex financial, planning, legal and political risks and that will cost the taxpayer billions.

The Government's consultation on its draft National Policy Statement on expansion runs until 19th December, and it is vital that as many opponents of the third runway as possible let ministers know that this is the wrong approach. I ask that you add your voice to the consultation and call on this misguided project to be dropped once and for all.

You can visit the consultation website here: LINK

Please do not be put off by the technical language or references to the consultation that the Government ran on this earlier in the year. You are able to write what you want about why Heathrow expansion is wrong.

You may find the following documents provided by anti-expansion group HACAN useful in completing your response:

- The key points of the consultation: LINK

- A shorter summary factually outlining the key points of the consultation: LINK

Some points you may wish to make in your response: LINK

The website of Richmond Heathrow Campaign is also useful in detailing some of the local concerns about the runway: LINK

Finally, this link to the No Third Runway Coalition is full of useful information: LINK

I hope that you will share your views and say no to the third runway.

Best wishes,

Zac Goldsmith
Contact Information phone: 020 8878 7866
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The Revised Draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) asks you 5 questions (you dont have to answer all of them):-
1. How effectively do Government policies take account of the health and environmental impacts of poor air quality?
2. Do these plans set out effective and proportionate measures to achieve necessary emissions reductions as quickly as possible?
3. Are other nations or cities taking more effective action that the UK can learn from?
4. Is there enough cross-government collaboration to set in place the right fiscal and policy incentives?
5. How can those charged with delivering national plans at local level be best supported and challenged?

Here is an example:- TAG Response to Transport Select Committee on Air Quality.

NEWS: Stand up against Heathrow - have your say

Friday, November 17, 2017 12:09 PM

From: "Zac Goldsmith"

Dear Resident,

I wanted to share the following message from the Council. It encourages you to join them in letting the Government know you oppose Heathrow expansion.

A third runway would be an environmental disaster and a blight on our local community, without delivering anything like the promised economic benefits. The newly revised figures put Gatwick marginally ahead of Heathrow in terms of economic benefits, and more or less equal in terms of connectivity, so it is even harder to understand why the Government is still wedded to the option that is most disruptive, most expensive, most polluting and which - because it is surrounded by uniquely complex financial, planning, legal and political risks - least likely to be delivered.

If you have time, please do take part.

I want to put on the record my gratitude to this Conservative Council for the leadership it has provided in challenging the case for expansion - both in Government and in the courts.

Best wishes,
Zac Goldsmith
MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston


MESSAGE FROM RICHMOND COUNCIL: Stand up against Heathrow - have your say

Residents have just five weeks left to let the Government know that expanding Heathrow should be off the table for good in the latest consultation on the future of the airport.

Last month the Government was forced to launch a consultation for a second time on its proposed 'National Policy Statement' (NPS) for airports. This followed complaints from councils, that they had withheld important new information back from the public.

Now, thanks the lobbying and legal efforts from four local councils, the latest consultation finally includes information on long-term aviation forecasts and the new national air quality plan - both missing from the original consultation. In addition, for the first time, the Government has been forced to admit that expanding Gatwick airport makes financial and environmental sense.

Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils have been campaigning against Heathrow expansion for more than a decade. They argue that expanding the airport will have a major impact on West London. The expansion will cause irreconcilable damage to the environment and people's health. It will cost tax payers as much as 20bn.

Residents are encouraged to go online and have their say, even if they took part in the consultation earlier this year. The deadline for feedback is the 19 December 2017.

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

"As we said at the time, the Government's left out key information in their first consultation that sheds new light on whether expanding Heathrow is the best option. So, they have to re-open the consultation.

"This time around they have been forced to admit - there is evidence which confirms that an extra runway at Gatwick provides greater economic benefit and less damage to health and the environment. This isn't just about residents under the flight path. Why should people around the country pay higher prices to a near monopoly, which would also require more public investment that should be used elsewhere? This is all about having a single trophy airport, instead of a network of airports that brings greater benefit.

"Over the past ten years people in Richmond upon Thames have voiced their concerns about the possible expansion of Heathrow in their thousands.

"We must not stop telling the Government that Heathrow expansion is the wrong choice. There are better options. This cannot be dragged out any further. I encourage everyone, go online now and have your say."

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said:

"We have been very clear from day one about our objection to this expansion. The facts speak for themselves and aren't going to change - the people of Wandsworth are not prepared to stand idly by and allow a scheme to take place that is going to have such a serious impact on the environment of our borough and the health of our residents.

"It is clear that expansion at Gatwick would cause less damage than Heathrow and it's now time for all of us to have our say through this latest round of consultation, and ensure that the message goes out in no uncertain terms that Wandsworth is firmly against these proposals."

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, added:

"As we have said from the very beginning, Gatwick is a more sustainable option and one which can be delivered at a much reduced cost to the taxpayer, with far less damage to the environment and wellbeing of people.

"The previous consultation was a sham, and the government has finally admitted that expansion at Gatwick would be more economically beneficial. A third runway at Heathrow would be disastrous for Londoners, and I'd encourage all residents to have their say in the latest consultation now."

Cllr Simon Dudley, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said:

"We have always said we believe Gatwick is the best place for airport expansion in the south east and this has been confirmed in the re-opened consultation.

"Not only would a third runway at Heathrow blight our residents' lives but it is clearly not the best option on the table.

"I would encourage residents to once again make their voices heard during this extended round of consultation."

Have your say online, go to: LINK

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