Wednesday, 19 April, 6.30-8pm
Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham, Greg Hands, is pleased to be able to announce that the Department for Transport has agreed to add an extra date to its Heathrow expansion consultation schedule in his constituency, meaning that local residents will be able to obtain information before getting their views heard.
The Department for Transport is currently seeking the public’s views on its draft Airports National Policy Statement, which sets out:
- the need for additional airport capacity in the South East of England;
- their case for a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport;
- and the specific requirements that the applicant for a new north-west runway will need to meet to gain development consent.
This draft Airports National Policy Statement is subject to public consultation and Parliamentary scrutiny.
As part of this consultation process, the Department has been holding information events across West London and nearby. Greg had previously been disappointed that none of the Department’s planned events were due to take place in his own constituency of Chelsea & Fulham, in spite of the current and expected future impact that Heathrow Airport might have on local residents. Nevertheless, the Department for Transport has now agreed to host an additional information event for local residents, on 19 April, at Fulham Library.
Commenting on the consultation, local Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham, Greg Hands, said: “I know that the announcement on the proposed Heathrow expansion came as a disappointment to many of my constituents in Chelsea & Fulham, as well as to those I campaigned with when I represented Hammersmith as their MP. I fully acknowledge the need to increase airport capacity in the South East of England, but I remain opposed to the prospect of a third runway at Heathrow.
“I have been campaigning for a ban on night flights for more than a decade, and the Government’s recommendation of a six-and-a-half hour ban on scheduled night flights does potentially sweeten the overall blow a little – but this rather depends on when the 6.5 hours are.
“I look forward to hosting this Heathrow consultation event on 19 April, and I should like to thank the Department for agreeing to host an event in Chelsea & Fulham. I shall make my own submission to this consultation in due course, and I urge all of my constituents to get their opinions heard, by responding to the Department for Transport.”
The event will take place from 6.30-8pm at Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Rd, London, SW6 5NX. The nearest Underground station is Parsons Green on the District Line. In terms of accessibility, there is a lift from pavement level to the ground floor and the first floor. There is a fully accessible lavatory with baby changing facilities.
If you would like to attend the Heathrow consultation event, please send your NAME and FULL POSTAL ADDRESS to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7219 0809. Details on the Department for Transport’s draft Airports National Policy Statement can be found here. You can get your voice heard by responding online here, or by downloading a response form here and sending it to RunwayConsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk or to Freepost RUNWAY CONSULTATION.