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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Scrub hub

Dear Ivor

What is going on with the government? I am totally incredulous at the announcement of a third runway at Heathrow.

We are all aware of the need for an economic boost however to place this above climate change is myopic in the extreme!

I have been listening to the arguments for the runway and am perplexed. Putting the environment aside for one minute (a common occurrence!), does it really make good economic sense to have all your eggs in one basket?

Having one main hub airport not only increases the obvious threat of being targeted in a terrorist attack with dire implications, but also heightens the risks of major disruption to an increased number of passengers due to adverse local weather conditions (Look at the recent delays at Heathrow due to fog), targeted industrial action and in the catastrophic event of an air accident. All bringing widespread chaos, a major shutdown of the air transport system and probably resulting in gridlock of the surrounding road network as well. Doesn’t this affect the economy?

If we have learnt one thing from the recent credit crunch it is that we should not let the needs of business dictate the needs of people. Look where that has got us!

Am sure you know from your mate Graham at Greenpeace that they have acquired a small piece of land in the middle of the proposed runway site and they need our support to stop this barmy decision from being implemented. Time to dust off your green credentials again and expose them to the world.

Poll xx