Boris on the absolute madness of Heathrow expansionJanuary 18, 2009 at 6:40 am | Posted in Heathrow | 2 Comments
Tags: Aviation, Boris Johnson, Flights, Heathrow airport, LHR, London, Mayor of London, No third runway, Planning errors, Videos
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, was interviewed on the Andrew Marr show this Sunday morning, 18 January 2009. (Thanks to Richard S for the tip.)
In the BBC iPlayer video clip shown under the title Boris on Heathrow ‘madness’ Boris makes it clear he thinks giving the go-ahead for the Third Runway at Heathrow is
“a completely foolish Government decision. This is *not* the right project for London.
Heathrow airport is basically a planning error of the 1940s. We’re *mad* to be intensifying that error by greatly increasing the number of flights over London.”
Backtracking to last Thursday, 15 January 2009, the Greater London Authority published this:
Statement from the Mayor on Heathrow expansion
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘This is a truly devastating blow for millions of Londoners whose lives are now set to be blighted by massive increases in air pollution and noise.
‘The Government has singularly failed to deliver a convincing case for expansion throughout or adequate solutions for the nightmare problems this would cause.
‘No amount of sweeteners in the shape of transport infrastructure will fundamentally alter the fact that the Government is hell-bent on exacerbating a planning error of the 1940s and that Heathrow is not fit for purpose.
‘I am deeply concerned that the proper processes of coming to this decision may not have been followed, and will support a legal challenge should this prove to be the case. To this end we are currently considering today’s announcement in detail.
‘Today I throw down the gauntlet to Gordon Brown to publicly defend this deeply undemocratic decision on the 21 January at my People’s Question Time in Hillingdon a community that is being asked to live with its consequences. There has never been a proper public debate on this issue and now the Government has decided to proceed, there clearly has to be.’