Slough Borough Council hosted a summit last week (October 11) @TheCurve, on behalf of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group (HSPG) to discuss the proposed Heathrow expansion and how the group can work together to ensure it is well planned and highly sustainable.
The HSPG is made up of local authorities and other organisations that surround Heathrow who are keen to pro-actively plan ahead of the expansion, and, want to maximise on the benefits it will bring to their local area and organisations, regardless of their individual stances on expansion.
The summit was organised following the release of the Airports National Policy Statement in June this year, which gives parliamentary support for Heathrow expansion.
The summit looked at the delivery of an expanded Heathrow, the opportunities and challenges it will bring, planning for the expansion and the government’s perspective.
The key speakers were Aviation Minister, Liz Sugg CBE, and Lord Deighton, Chairman of Heathrow Airport. The event was chaired by Brendon Walsh, HSPG Officers Chairperson.
Cllr James Swindlehurst, leader of Slough Borough Council, said: “In Slough we recognise that the proposed Heathrow expansion will bring huge benefits to our local area, including new jobs, improved public transport and an enhanced transport infrastructure.
“We do realise that all of this will not come without its challenges, which is why hosting a summit like this as part of the HSPG will ensure that any potential impacts are raised and minimised.
“I was delighted that Heathrow and the government were represented at the summit, we (The HSPG) will continue to work with them to ensure that those residents living closest to the airport will have the best possible package of mitigation.”
Aviation Minister, Liz Sugg, said: “The recent meeting of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group demonstrated the collective commitment there is to a positive and sustainable legacy for the areas surrounding the airport.
“Local authorities and enterprise partnerships are best placed to provide the leadership and step change that is needed to deliver the opportunities expansion brings.
“The Heathrow Strategic Planning Group has an extremely important role to play in engaging and galvanising local authorities and I am pleased to see the work they have already done to this effect.”