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Petition Against Third Runway Launched - Brake

January 12, 2009 4:28 PM

Following requests from a number of his constituents, Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has launched a petition on his website tombrake.co.uk against Government plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

According to Mr Brake, the third runway will create much more pollution, putting in jeopardy UK plans to cut global-warming gases as well as imposing more aircraft noise on Carshalton residents.

Tom said:

"It was about ten years ago that I first publically called for plans for the third runway to be abandoned. My position remains the same today; the third runway isn't needed, isn't wanted and would destroy any chance the UK had of meeting its target for cutting global warming gases. And the mega airport in the Thames Estuary being investigated by Boris Johnson would be just as damaging environmentally.

He added, "When I met the Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick MP, just six months ago to raise concerns with him about aircraft and helicopter noise, he seemed satisfied that all the noise safeguards were in place. I have written to him to challenge him to come to Carshalton to see if Carshalton residents have the same degree of confidence."

Tom's regular e-poll of Carshalton and Wallington residents last month was on the subject of Heathrow and its expansion.

The analysis of the results revealed that:

• 70% of respondents were opposed to the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

• 30% of respondents were in favour of the contruction of a third runway at Heathrow.

Many respondents to the e-poll made comments.

One respondent summed up the quandry excellently, suggesting the Heathrow debate reflects "the confusion and contradictions in national transport and environmental strategies."

Amongst the 70% who were opposed to the construction of a third runway was Mrs K who felt that at this point in time "the most important issue we are facing is the way we are dealing with climate change." Another respondent felt the Government are scared of asking the public for their views on this issue because, he believes, the majority of people are heavily opposed to a new runway.

Mr G suggests taking some of the capacity off the existing pool of flights at Heathrow by banning domestic flights. "As I'm sure you are aware, planes are more fuel-thirsty on takeoff and landing. The result is that proportionally more pollution is created on short-haul flights."

On the opposite side of the debate, some members simply felt "the economic arguments win the day here" and that as long as "demand exists, to ignore it is just pointless."