Daniel Moylan considers it possible there will be no decision on a new runway any time soon
Daniel Moylan, one of whose tasks is advisor to the Mayor of London on aviation, has said it is quite possible there will be no decision on a new runway any time soon. Daniel Moylan and Boris are resolutely against a Heathrow runway, preferring a mega-airport in the Thames estuary instead. Daniel Moylan, speaking at a conference in London, said: “I’ve reached a rather gloomy conclusion….I don’t think that as a result of the Airports Commission anything determined will happen. It’s quite possible no decision will be taken.” Having no idea who will form the next government he said: “I don’t doubt the government can force through a policy against opposition. But it has to be a priority for them….I don’t see any of the parties has that level of commitment, and I don’t see the Commission has generated that level of commitment.” He warned that the next London Mayor would oppose expansion at Heathrow ….”all the evidence is that there will be cross-party opposition to expanding Heathrow….So whoever is Mayor after Boris is likely to oppose expanding Heathrow.” The Mayoral election will be on 5th May 2016 and the nominations must be completed by the end of March 2016.
Mayor’s adviser ‘gloomy’ on new runway
No decision on a new runway “is quite possible” and whoever is London Mayor will oppose Heathrow expansion, a senior advisor to Boris Johnson has warned.
Daniel Moylan, advisor on aviation to the London Mayor ruled out expansion at Heathrow yesterday and hit out at the Airports Commission which will make recommendations to the next government.
Moylan told an industry forum on The Future of UK Airport Capacity in London yesterday: “I’ve reached a rather gloomy conclusion.
“I don’t think that as a result of the Airports’ Commission anything determined will happen. It’s quite possible no decision will be taken.”
Moylan said: “I’ve no idea who will form the next government. I don’t doubt the government can force through a policy against opposition. But it has to be a priority for them.
“I don’t see any of the parties has that level of commitment, and I don’t see the commission has generated that level of commitment.”
He warned that the next London Mayor would oppose expansion at Heathrow, saying: “A year after the Commission reports there will be an election for London Mayor.
“Boris [Johnson] is unlikely to be a candidate. He believes in aviation. He tried to work out a political alternative as he believes Heathrow expansion is undesirable and undeliverable.
“You have to ask yourselves – airport expansion will be a major topic in the election for Mayor and all the evidence is that there will be cross-party opposition to expanding Heathrow.
“So whoever is Mayor after Boris is likely to oppose expanding Heathrow.”
Moylan said: “The Commission has not taken account of this [and] of the responsibility of the Mayor for planning in London.”
He added: “The Davies Commission has largely ignored the Mayor in this process. It is great mistake but it fits a pattern. The commission could have sought some sort of consensus and has failed to build one.”
Moylan was speaking at a Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum in central London.
As one comment below the article says:
“Lot of vested interest in no change. And a lot of Tories and LibDems in loseable seats. And the Queen. No one talks about the Queen in Windsor and flightpaths over the royal seat. Hey ho.”
Mayoral elections in 2016
The incumbent Conservative Party Mayor Boris Johnson is not running for re-election for a third term in office; he is instead the Conservative Party candidate for MP of Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the 2015 general election. If he wins a seat in Parliament, he will remain mayor until his term ends in May 2016 (if he resigns more than six months before that it will trigger a by-election).
Some of the likely candidates for Mayor are:
Stephen Greenhalgh, businessman and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
Ivan Massow, financial services entrepreneur, gay rights campaigner and media personality.
Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Dame Tessa Jowell, former Cabinet Minister and MP for Dulwich and West Norwood
David Lammy, former Universities Minister and MP for Tottenham
Christian Wolmar, journalist, author and railway historian.
Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrats on London Assembly
……. and many others speculated about …..
On 5 May 2016 there will be elections for: the Mayor of London, London Assembly Constituency Members, and London Assembly London-wide list Members.
The nominations period will run from 21 to 31 March 2016.