Heathrow Airport has announced plans to move an incinerator away from Stanwell and create a 15 mile ‘green ring’ around town.
A Labour county councillor nevertheless has stated it is like moving pieces around a chess board.
“But neighborhood resident Andrew McLuskey has done all of the hard work.
“But in saying that, we’re still fighting off to stop growth occurring at Heathrow at all.
“There are still serious reservations and I do not feel an expansion of the airport is right for the region or the whole country.
“We’re talking semantics here — it’s a big growth in a very cramped area. It’s like moving pieces around a chess board — whatever we do not like around Stanwell will be just as enormous someplace else.”
Changes to the programs include introducing a 15 mile’green corridor’ which will increase the quantity of recreational distance between town and a new car park south to the airport — which has also been reduced in size.
A brand new park and an all-weather sports pitch has been mooted for the region, as well as the potential construction of’reconciliation ponds’ to help control the release of floodwater.
Roberto Tambini, chief executive of Spelthorne Borough Council, stated:”We’re thrilled that Heathrow has listened to and acted upon our opinions in creating its upgraded expansion plans and the inhabitants of Spelthorne have been provided an improved deal for a result.
“I am certain that we are able to work together and Heathrow will continue to listen to Spelthorne residents and demonstrate a flexible way of future proposals.”
A number of those 16 billion of private money being spent will also be utilised to encourage the Environment Agency in developing flood prevention schemes to safeguard homes and land in the surrounding regions.
The airport has also announced plans to fund a new bypass to replace the present A3044 in Colnbrook and Poyle to ease congestion problems.
John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow stated:”The growth of Heathrow can bring significant benefits for local people as well as the UK economy.
“As well as bringing 50,000 new jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships, we can also enhance the ecological landscape across the airport and also mitigate some of today’s problems including street congestion and flooding. We continue to enhance our strategies based on the feedback we get.”
The Airports Commission is currently assessing the case for growth of Heathrow or Gatwick.
“As well as bringing 50,000 new jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships, we can also improve the environmental landscape around the airport and mitigate some of today’s problems including road congestion and flooding. We continue to improve our plans based on the feedback we receive.”
The Airports Commission is currently assessing the case for expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick.