Heathrow row intensifies as Hammersmith and Fulham Council slam SECOND ‘unacceptable oversight’

Tensions have risen between Heathrow and Hammersmith and Fulham Council as the council are unhappy about being left out of the latest round of public consultations on the third runway.

The current negotiations are about compensation entitled to residents affected by the possible noise pollution that could come from the third runway.

Stephen Cowan, leader of the council, has appealed to the chief executive of Heathrow to address the issue.

He said: “I am calling on Heathrow’s chief executive to correct this unacceptable oversight.

“They must organise a public exhibition in Hammersmith and Fulham so residents are given the opportunity to fully take part in this latest consultation and tell Heathrow bosses what they think of their proposals.”

Mr Cowan said residents of Hammersmith and Fulham are being denied the ‘respect they deserve’ as this is the second time they have been neglected in the consultation process.

They were overlooked in the last set of public consultations although were eventually included.

If Hammersmith and Fulham residents continue to be ignored in the consultations they may miss out on the compensation that residents in other London boroughs will get.

A Heathrow spokesperson responded by saying: “The public consultation runs for 12 weeks and is being supported by 17 exhibitions.

“These are being held in areas that are already most affected by aircraft noise, or that might be in the future with a third runway.

“Anyone is welcome to respond to our consultation and attend the exhibitions.”

Heathrow have invited the council and residents of Hammersmith and Fulham to get in touch if they have any concerns.

A spokesperson said: “Although we aren’t holding an exhibition in this area, we would also be pleased to hear from any residents, businesses or community groups who would like to discuss Heathrow’s proposals with us in more detail.”

Heathrow also encourage residents to present their views by visiting before October 12.

Picture courtesy of Shai Barzilay, with thanks

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