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Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, wants to tackle the proposed growth of RAF Northolt as he believes it will have a serious effect on those living close to it.

Through this petition, which calls for a public consultation on the expansion of the military base, he hopes to ensure that residents have a say.

He also wants the Government to explain why such changes are being made when there are, in his eyes, more pressing matters at hand.

“At a time when NHS services, the police force and schools across Harrow are facing damaging cuts, it is wrong that the Government is spending such a significant amount on RAF Northolt with no justification or transparency,” he 

said.

“It’s not right for the Government to hide behind RAF Northolt’s military designation to increase airport capacity in London by stealth.

“That’s why I’ve tabled a series of questions in Parliament to try to find out more and am determined to make sure that residents’ views are heard.”

Last year, there were 10,000 commercial flights out of RAF Northolt, compared to 3,800 military flights.

As the Ministry of Defence explores “a range of options for the future development” of the airport, the number of commercial flights could ultimately grow to 50,000 a year.

Mr Thomas argues that the Government, in its plan to re-surface the base’s runway at a cost of £45 million, is taking advantage of the fact that it is not a commercial airport.

He explained that, if it were, it would be required to apply for planning permission to carry out such a procedure.

He added that a public consultation would have been carried out due to the expansion of the number of flights.

Words from Harrow Times.

To sign the petition, follow this link

http://www.gareththomas.org/northolt

 

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