Council looks to set aside £50,000 to fight Heathrow expansion

A crunch meeting on Thursday could see the Royal Borough set aside an extra £20,000 to launch a judicial review if the Government approves the expansion of Heathrow.

The Airports Commission is expected to deliver its ruling over whether to expand Gatwick or Heathrow Airport this month.

In the run up to that decision, the borough’s Cabinet Prioritisation Sub Committee will be holding a special meeting at Maidenhead Town Hall to discuss the council’s next move if the Airports Commission rules that Heathrow should be granted a third runway.

In June, the cabinet agreed to set aside £10,000 for legal advice and £20,000 should any judicial review be necessary with regards to a Heathrow expansion challenge.

But Thursday’s meeting could see an extra £20,000 set aside to launch a ‘robust’ judicial review, taking the total to £50,000.

The report for the meeting states: “The long held position of the council is to protect the environment of the Borough for the residents and in this respect to minimise the degree of noise population on the residents.”

The council has joined forces with the London boroughs of Hillingdon, Richmond and Wandsworth to oppose the building of a third runway at Heathrow.

In January the councils met to discuss what any potential legal case against Heathrow expansion could look like.

Thursday’s meeting starts at 9am.

Update 3pm:

A Heathrow spokesman said: “The Government’s decision on airport capacity will follow a rigorous, independent, £20 million, two and a half year deep-dive in to the issue, including a public consultation.

 “It confirmed that Heathrow would not delay compliance with EU air quality limits, would see fewer people affected by noise (subject to environmental conditions which we have met and exceeded) and was the best choice for expansion.

“Any judicial review would be bound to failure and would not affect the timeline for the delivery of an additional runway at Heathrow.”

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