County Councillor Jonathan Essex has responded to the announcement today by the Transport secretary that the decision on a new runway will be delayed until at least October:
“By hanging on to this climate wrecking pledge to expand on of our airports, this government shows it still has a two-speed plan for the UK: to grow and expand London and increase inequality across the UK. Growing our economy to further privilege the upwardly mobile while flying in the face of the long-term security and wellbeing for the rest of the UK is wrong.
The UK has just questioned the link between globalising business and the type of Britain people want. This delay tactic shows the government is still not listening. Listening not just to those overflown around Heathrow or Gatwick but those left behind by an airport and infrastructure-led economic plan that is leaving half our country behind. Airport expansion will lead to further industrialisation, housebuilding and transport infrastructure on Surrey, increasing the pressure on Surrey’s communities, countryside and Green Belt. Instead invest in jobs across the UK with a clear plan to create a better, greener and fairer Britain. Another future is possible.”
CONTACTS: Jonathan Essex – mobile 07801 541 924, [email protected]
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3) Jonathan Essex will join campaigners are gathering near Gatwick Airport tomorrow to launch a report on the impact on local ancient buildings if expansion went ahead there: 12.30pm, Friday 1st July, Rowley, RH10 9SL. For more info, contact Sally Pavey 07831 632537/ [email protected].