Wandsworth to help support the coalition against Heathrow’s 3rd runway
Wandsworth Council has provided the No Third Runway Coalition with much needed funds , £5,781, to help continue to campaign and provide effective and influential opposition to the Heathrow’s 3rd runway plan and the airport’s negative impact on local communities. Wandsworth has long argued against the case for a third runway and the huge impact it would have on the local environment, noise levels and residents’ overall health and well-being. It joined forces with five local councils, Greenpeace and others to legally challenge the Government’s decision to allow the runway and in 2020 the Court of Appeal ruled that this decision was unlawful, as it was at odds with commitments to limit rises in global temperatures. However this ruling has since been overturned by the Supreme Court meaning the campaign to stop the runway continues. As well as the noise impacts of Heathrow, Wandsworth also has significant concerns about the air quality and climate impacts of allowing any expansion. Council leader, Ravi Govindia said “Wandsworth will work with the No Third Runway Coalition to do everything we can as a council to stop this happening.”
Wandsworth to help support the campaign against Heathrow’s third runway
February 10, 2022 (Wandsworth council)
Wandsworth Council has provided the No Third Runway Coalition with much needed funds to help continue to campaign and provide effective opposition to the plan to build a third runway at Heathrow.
Wandsworth has long argued against the case for a third runway and the huge impact it would have on the local environment, noise levels and residents’ overall health and well-being.
It joined forces with five local councils, Greenpeace and others to legally challenge the Government’s decision to allow the runway and in 2020 the Court of Appeal ruled that this decision was unlawful, as it was at odds with commitments to limit rises in global temperatures.
However this ruling has since been overturned by the Supreme Court meaning the campaign to stop the runway continues.
The council is providing £5,781 to the No Third Runway Coalition in support of its ongoing core costs and to ensure their work in providing effective and influential opposition to Heathrow’s expansion and its impact on local communities can carry on.
Wandsworth Council Leader Ravi Govindia said: “For two decades when the third runway at Heathrow was first suggested this council has opposed it because we knew it would blight the quality of life for our residents.
“We know the devastating impact that flight paths will have, with noise being concentrated for longer periods in some areas, whilst other communities will see flights over their homes for the first time. And we also have significant concerns about the air quality and climate impacts of allowing this expansion to go ahead.
“I’m very happy to be able to help fund the brilliant work being done by the No Third Runway Coalition who are hugely influential in highlighting the impact of aircraft noise on residents’ everyday lives and giving a voice to those who are most affected. The threat of a third runway being operational within the next decade is very real and we are determined to stand alongside our partners and work with the No Third Runway Coalition to do everything we can as a council to stop this happening.”
Chair of the No Third Runway Coalition steering group, Paul McGuinness, said: “We are very grateful for this contribution from Wandsworth Council which will go towards our running costs. Wandsworth has been there from the start campaigning against the third runway because it knows the impact it will have on its residents. The No Third Runway Coalition will continue to campaign and research and with the help of councils like Wandsworth we are determined to stop a third runway ever being built.”
Councils that legally challenged Heathrow expansion say Supreme Court Heathrow ruling ‘changes nothing’
The group of Councils deeply opposed to Heathrow expansion said the Supreme Court ruling, that the ANPS is legal, changes nothing and called on the airport to abandon once and for all its bid for a 3rd runway. Residents in all these boroughs are badly affected by noise of Heathrow planes. Wandsworth Council urged Heathrow to concentrate on working with the aviation industry to achieve zero carbon emissions and an end to night flights. The Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, said: “The ruling does not give Heathrow a green light for a third runway. It says nothing about how expansion could be delivered in the face of legally binding emissions targets. The world has changed since Chris Grayling’s decision in 2018. Heathrow will never be able to build a third runway. It’s time for the airport to admit defeat and put all its energy into working with the aviation industry to achieve the net zero goal. The Government must now as a matter of urgency produce a new aviation strategy for the UK which properly takes account of its legal commitment on emissions reductions. And Heathrow could put an end to the early morning arrivals, the noise of which causes so much upset, disturbing the sleep of thousands, putting their health at risk.
Wandsworth Council, and the other councils, to challenge latest efforts by Heathrow to revive plans for 3rd runway
Wandsworth Council is poised to support fresh legal efforts to cement its recent victory over plans to expand Heathrow Airport. The airport’s owners and the construction company involved are trying and rescue the plans with an appeal to the Supreme Court. So Wandsworth has indicated it wishes to join other councils and environmental groups in guaranteeing the Supreme Court judges hear both sides of the argument. The council is seeking permission to intervene as “an interested party” due to the importance it attaches to the outcome – and the negative impact a 3rd runway would have on tens of thousands of Wandsworth residents. Being represented at the hearing would mean the council and its allies can ensure that the strong arguments against Heathrow expansion are fully aired. The government has not sought to overturn the Appeal Court ruling. The councils that brought the case – Hillingdon, Wandsworth, Richmond upon Thames, Hammersmith & Fulham and Windsor & Maidenhead, together with the Mayor of London and Greenpeace – are working together on the Supreme Court case.
Wandsworth Council Leader criticises Heathrow Public Consultation event – just one for the borough, in a difficult location
Wandsworth Council Leader, Ravi Govindia, has urged residents concerned about the impact of a 3rd runway at Heathrow, to attend a Heathrow consultation event that the airport is hosting in the borough this week. They need to make their voice heard. He has criticised Heathrow for having just one such event in Wandsworth, at a location that will be difficult for many residents to access. That is even though the increased aircraft noise would affect hundreds of thousands of Wandsworth residents. The event is being held on 30 January and is open to residents from 2pm to 8pm at the University of Roehampton, SW15 5PH. Councillor Govindia said residents know that a 3rd runway would have a serious impact on the borough. It would produce an unacceptable rise in noise and air pollution, damaging the environment and posing a risk to people’s health and well-being. The Council believes that the impact from additional flights would be felt most keenly in West Hill, Southfields, Earlsfield and Tooting. Currently most aircraft noise from is concentrated over the north of the borough including Putney, Wandsworth and Battersea. Many people will get intense plane noise for the first time.