Hounslow residents ‘want better, not bigger Heathrow’

11:09 21 May 2013

Initial results of a consultation have found that 72 per cent of residents in Hounslow are against expansion of Heathrow Airport. File picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Initial results of a consultation have found that 72 per cent of residents in Hounslow are against expansion of Heathrow Airport. File picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Almost three quarters of residents in Hounslow are against expanding Heathrow Airport.

Initial findings from a consultation by Hounslow Council found that while 72 per cent of residents said they are against expansion, 64 per cent said they did not want to see a new hub airport built if it meant losing Heathrow.

Of those who responded to the consultation, 83 per cent are in favour of a ban on night flights between 11pm and 7am, and 94 per cent want better noise insulation for schools and residents living under the flight path.

Results show that 87 per cent of respondents think the airport is very or slightly important to the economy of the borough, and 55 per cent of respondents said that Heathrow was beneficial to their families.

Cllr Colin Ellar, deputy leader of Hounslow Council and cabinet member for environment, said: “Hounslow residents have spoken and they are saying loud and clear, we don’t want a bigger Heathrow - we want a better Heathrow.

“It’s now time for Heathrow and all stakeholders to grasp the nettle and make a decision in the interests of our residents and the nation.”

Leader of Hounslow Council, Jagdish Sharma, said: “Hounslow is the borough most affected by Heathrow in terms of noise and the economy – our findings reflect these facts.”

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