RAF Northolt - What's the Government got to hide?
Local residents fear that RAF Northolt is being expanded under their nose.
RAF Northolt is a military airport, but after the Government lifted the cap, the number of commerical flights has increased dramatically, with 10,000 las year alone, compared to just 3,800 military flights. The increase in commercial flights has lead to extra noise and worsening air pollution for local residents - who are being denied a formal consultation on this increase of commercial flights, which affect their application. To add salt to the wound, a new report has come to light showing that Northolt could take up to 50,000 commercial flights a year, an increase of 40,000 per year.
The Government have admitted that they plan on spending £45 million on re-surfacing the runway, a significantly higher cost for re-surfacing a runway than other airports. Splashing out on such a costly renovation while Harrow Schools face extensive cuts, providing no explanation as to why and no plans for a public consultation flies in the face of local people and their concerns. Which is why MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, is calling for a public consultation.
Due to RAF Northholts classification as a military base, it does not have to comply to the restrictions that a normal civilian airport has to. A civilian airport would have to secure planning approval to make the changes being made to the runway as well as increasing the number of commercial flights.
Gareth has written several questions to the secretary of state, raising concerns regarding RAF Northolt and its expansion via the backdoor.
By signing this petition you are helping Gareth send a strong message, and demanding a public consultation so the people of Harrow can have their say on the expansion of RAF Northolt.