Friday, March 26, 2010

Heathrow protesters win third runway challenge for further public consultation

Good news :

Campaigners have won a High Court battle for further consultation into plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
Councils, residents and green groups had said the government's approval of the runway was flawed by "conspicuously unfair" public consultations.
The group argued that the expansion decision was at odds with the UK's overall climate change targets.

The coalition which sought the judicial review into the government's decision to give the go-ahead for the expansion includes six local authorities, Greenpeace and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
The coalition said in a joint statement that the government's Heathrow policy "is in tatters this morning" after Lord Justice Carnwath ruled the decision to give the third runway the green light was "untenable".
The statement said: "If the government wants to pursue its plans for Heathrow expansion it must now go back to square one and reconsider the entire case for the runway."

Hayes and Harlington Labour MP John McDonnell, who has led the campaign against the expansion of Heathrow for the last 30 years, said: "In essence this judgment means that the game is up for a third runway at Heathrow and I am calling upon the government to accept the inevitable and lift this threat to my community.
"What we need now is a sensible approach to developing a sustainable transport policy based upon high-speed rail."

Well done .

Pic apparently is John McDonnell with campaigners with the flags of the other protesting nations at Heathrow Terminal One .

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