Ministers ‘ignored’ Heathrow dissent – 86% were opposed
than the government ever admitted, according to a Tory analysis of its consultation.
call for comments were strongly opposed to the runway. The government, however,
said only 37% of those who contributed were clearly opposed.
it was designed to create the appearance of a democratic process when ministers
had made their decisions in advance.
shadow minister for London, said: "These figures show that there was overwhelming
opposition and the government systematically ignored it.
It proves that however many members of the public had their say, they were never
going to be listened to by this government. It had made its mind up already."
transport secretary. It would increase the number of flights using Heathrow from
about 480,000 a year to 702,000 by 2030.
at Heathrow Airport: Report on Consultation Responses”, which suggested 37% of
respondents were opposed to expansion.
excluded 43,000 comments received in the form of campaign postcards and petitions
– even though they constituted 62% of the total comments received.
opposed to the expansion.
already been taken in 2003, so the Heathrow consultation did not explicitly ask
people whether they were in favour of a third runway or not."
the responses for the government. It was bought last year by BAE Systems, a defence
contractor, which supports the expansion plan.
company a month later.