Heathrow expansion overwhelmingly rejected

No Heathrow expansion say local residents - by a huge majority.

Heathrow referendum says no to expansionResidents in three London boroughs said a huge no to Heathrow Airport expanding, according to council consultations.

Richmond upon Thames and Hillingdon Councils held borough-wide ballots with joint results showing that 71% of people objected to a third runway, 73% did not want to see any more flights in or out of the airport.

Lord True, leader of Richmond Council, said: “It is not an adequate or a safe site for a massive airport.

“The government should stop fudging till 2015, rule out this not-fit-for-purpose site and get on with delivering an expansion in a better site.”

Hounslow Council said 72% were against expansion, 94% wanted noise reduction but 62% did not want a new hub built if it meant Heathrow would close. A large number of Hounslow residents work at Heathrow.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has proposed a four runway airport in the Thames.

Opposition to Heathrow expansion comes from many sources: