Wokingham Borough Council has environmental concerns over the proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport. On Tuesday, 17 September, the council approved its response to the Heathrow expansion consultation. The council will only support the expansion if the project can reduce greenhouse gasses including carbon and become carbon neutral; if the increase in the number of flights over the borough will not harm the health and quality of life for the borough’s residents; and if direct rail access from within the borough is included as part of the project.
“Heathrow has always been beneficial to the economy of Wokingham Borough. However, we must be confident that there would be no negative environmental impact. Indeed Heathrow promises to become a beacon of best practice in sustainable expansion and be zero carbon by 2050. Let’s hold their feet to the fire for that promise,” said Cllr John Halsall, leader of Wokingham Borough Council.
“We declared a climate emergency and took our first step towards becoming carbon neutral in July. Our aim is to be carbon neutral by 2030. Because of this, we now need to look at every decision we make through the lens of its carbon impact.
“The council can only support a third runway at Heathrow, if the project is environmentally sound.”
For more information on the consultation response, read the report on the council’s website: https://wokingham.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s24206/Heathrow%20Expansion%20and%20Airspace%20consultation.pdf.