John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

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John Spellar MP calls on Government to “finally” get on with Heathrow expansion

Black Country MP John Spellar called on the Government to press ahead with expanding Heathrow Airport, saying that there had “never been a clearer political consensus on such a large industrial issue.”

He noted that, “expanding Heathrow enjoys the support of both the business community and trade unions” and that “over 30 Chambers of Commerce have expressed their support for the expansion of Heathrow, including Birmingham and the Black Country.”

In a submission to a consultation following the publication of the second draft of the National Policy Statement on a new runway at Heathrow, Mr Spellar blasted the Governments dithering and delaying regarding the decision, pointing out that, as transport minister he played a considerable role in drawing up the White Paper which recommended expanding Heathrow Airport - in 2003.

He further added that: “In the post-Brexit environment, it is even more essential to ensure that secure, well-paid jobs are available to hard-working British people as well as signalling to the world that Britain is open for business.”


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commented 2017-11-14 09:54:59 +0000
That 2003 White Paper said :

“The further development of Heathrow is supported, including a further new
runway and additional terminal capacity to be delivered as soon as possible
(within the 2015-2020 period) after the new runway at Stansted, but only if
stringent environmental limits can be met. An urgent programme of work and
consultation will be started to examine this issue further and to consider how
best use can be made of the existing airport.

The Government will not seek to overturn the 1979 planning agreement preventing
construction of a second runway at Gatwick before 2019.

In case the conditions attached to the construction of a third Heathrow runway
cannot be met, and since there is a strong case on its own merits for a new
wide-spaced runway at Gatwick after 2019, land should be safeguarded for this.”

Stringent Environmental Limits

There is still considerable risk and uncertainty over air quality around Heathrow. And has been since 2003.

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