On 26 June 2018, the Conservative Government won its key vote in the commons to build a third runway at Heathrow airport. Along with other long-standing opponents to Heathrow expansion in the Labour Party and fellow residents in Chelsea & Fulham, I was horrified.
Heathrow’s flights are currently capped at 480,000 a year, but it wants to increase this by 25,000 in 2021 and further when the third runway is built in 2026. The extra noise and pollution will be catastrophic for the environment – and with Chelsea & Fulham directly under the flight path, it would impose further misery for residents who already suffer enough.
The Labour Party opposed the Conservative plans for a third runway – and locally, the Labour run Hammersmith & Fulham council (which I am privileged to be part of) immediately picked up the gauntlet and secured permission to launch a legal appeal to challenge the expansion plans.
Labour run Hammersmith & Fulham council – along with neighbouring councils, the Mayor of London and Greenpeace – will argue that the Government failed to properly consider the full impact of expansion on noise, health and the environment when they approved Heathrow’s third runway.
As Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham council states, “We will fight this decision all the way” – and that’s the difference between the Tories and Labour. When we know something is wrong and not in the interest of residents, we don’t give up. We don’t hide away (unlike Boris Johnson who flew to Afghanistan to avoid the parliamentary vote on Heathrow).
We fight for what is right – and what’s right if you live in Chelsea & Fulham is to vote Labour and get rid of this Conservative government who support Heathrow expansion.