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Third Runway: It may be all about Boris

Campaign group HACAN has welcomed London Mayor Boris Johnson’s pledge that he will “continue to fight against a 3rd runway” if elected as the next MP for Uxbridge.  He made it clear when he was selected to fight the seat for the Conservatives on Friday that there was no chance he would change his stance on a third runway.

 HACAN chair John Stewart said; “If Boris becomes the next MP for Uxbridge, it will make it much harder for any Conservative Government to build a third runway.  Boris will be put it under huge pressure from a constituency within sight of Heathrow.  His influence over Labour would obviously be less but a Labour Government could not afford to ignore him.  Boris may yet have a decisive say in where a new runway is built”.

Stewart added, “While the short-term speculation will be how Boris will square his desire for a Estuary Airport with the wishes of his most of his Uxbridge constituency to keep Heathrow open, the longer-term impact of his selection may be more important in the airports debate.”

In Uxbridge Boris two main challengers are expected to be Labour’s Chris Summers who wants a ‘better not bigger’ Heathrow and Jack Duffin, a rising star within UKIP and chairman of their youth wing, who has made it clear that UKIP if firmly opposed to a third runway.

 

Heathrow Third Runway: it may be all about Boris after his selection to fight Uxbridge

Press Release

 14/9/14 for immediate use

 Campaign group HACAN has welcomed London Mayor Boris Johnson’s pledge that he will “continue to fight against a 3rd runway” if elected as the next MP for Uxbridge.  He made it clear when he was selected to fight the seat for the Conservatives on Friday that there was no chance he would change his stance on a third runway.

HACAN chair John Stewart said; “If Boris becomes the next MP for Uxbridge, it will make it much harder for any Conservative Government to build a third runway.  Boris will be put it under huge pressure from a constituency within sight of Heathrow.  His influence over Labour would obviously be less but a Labour Government could not afford to ignore him.  Boris may yet have a decisive say in where a new runway is built”.

Stewart added, “While the short-term speculation will be how Boris will square his desire for a EstuaryAirport with the wishes of his most of his Uxbridge constituency to keep Heathrow open, the longer-term impact of his selection may be more important in the airports debate.”

In Uxbridge Boris two main challengers are expected to be Labour’s Chris Summers who wants a ‘better not bigger’ Heathrow and Jack Duffin, a rising star within UKIP and chairman of their youth wing, who has made it clear that UKIP if firmly opposed to a third runway.

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Campaign group critical of Heathrow poll claiming MPs back 3rd runway

Campaign group HACAN, which opposes expansion at Heathrow, has claimed that the Mori Poll released by Heathrow Airport today is what it seems. Heathrow claims the poll shows that 60% of MPs support at third runway but HACAN argues that claim is misleading as only 143 MPs out of 650 were asked.  Of those that were polled, 84 backed 3rd runway.

Read the the full article in the Daily Telegraph: fw.to/sUZOcwE 

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “Very little can be read into this poll because the numbers questioned were so low.  84 MPs out of a total of 650 is far from a groundswell of support for a third runway.  It certainly is not evidence, as Heathrow is claiming, that expansion is becoming more politically deliverable.

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50,000 newspapers with reasons for NO 3RD runway

Today, HACAN proudly launches Third Runway News, a new publication providing residents of west London, east Berkshire and north Surrey with the facts about what an expanded Heathrow Airport would mean for them.

Read the illustrated 4 page newspaper: Third Runway News-digitalversion

HACAN is a residents-led campaign and indeed this very newspaper was designed by one of our local members, not a hugely expensive professional design company.  HACAN relies on donations and membership rates to fund our activities. Unlike some other campaign organisations, we are not bankrolled by Heathrow Airport!

Whether it is noise pollution, air pollution or increased traffic, there are plenty of reasons why a third runway should never be allowed to take off. This newspaper explains why.

Find your village or town in the yellow banner running across the top of each page and spread the word around your neighbourhood today!

For much more information on our campaign and activities, email us on info@hacan.org.uk

Boris Island dropped: press statement from HACAN

1st September 2014

With the news that an official statement will be made tomorrow  (2nd September) that the Airports Commission has ruled out an Estuary Airport, HACAN, which opposes a third runway at Heathrow, made the following statement:

 HACAN chair John Stewart said: “I don’t expect that this will mean that Boris Johnson or his supporters will give up on the idea of a brand new airport.  The idea of an island airport is likely to be floating around for some time yet.  Johnson remains an implacable opponent of a third runway at Heathrow and has reservations about the value of a second runway at Gatwick.”

Stewart added: “This statement makes it clear that Davies sees it as a choice between Heathrow and Gatwick.  Whether a future Government will see it that way is another matter altogether.”

HACAN calls for Heathrow Airport to come clean on its Populus polls after the polling company’s methods are exposed

HACAN  has called on HeathrowAirport to come clean about its surveys carried out by its favourite pollster Populus following the revelations this week about the methods Populus used in a recent survey on fracking.  The  fracking poll published on Monday, carried out for UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), was described by a polling expert as ‘one of the most misleading poll findings I’ve ever seen’.  And today it has been revealed that the UKOOG findings have been flatly contradicted by a Government survey found which only 25% of people supported fracking compared to the Populus poll which claimed 57% support. Heathrow has relied on Populus polls, conducted over the phone, to back its claims there is growing support for a third runway at the airport. Heathrow claimed, on the basis of a Populus poll, that there was more support now for a 3rd runway than when it was proposed by the last Labour Government.  The poll claimed to show 48% were in favour of a third runway while 34% opposed results which were flatly contradicted by referenda and surveys carried out by Hillingdon, Richmond and Hounslow local authorities which found around 72% of residents opposed a 3rd runway.

 See HACAN  blog for more details:  http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=316

HACAN calls for Heathrow Airport to come clean on its Populus polls after the polling company’s methods are exposed

Press Release

13/8/14 for immediate use

HACAN, the campaign group opposed to expansion at Heathrow, has called on Heathrow Airport to come clean about its surveys carried out by its favourite pollster Populus following the revelations this week about the methods Populus used in a recent survey on fracking (1).  The  fracking poll published on Monday, carried out for UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), was described by a polling expert as ‘one of the most misleading poll findings I’ve ever seen’ (2).  And today it has been revealed that the UKOOG findings have been flatly contradicted by a Government survey found which only 25% of people supported fracking compared to the Populus poll which claimed 57% support (3).

Heathrow has relied on Populus polls, conducted over the phone, to back its claims there is growing support for a third runway at the airport. Heathrow claimed, on the basis of a Populus poll, that there was more support now for a 3rd runway than when it was proposed by the last Labour Government.  The poll claimed to show 48% were in favour of a third runway while 34% opposed (3), results which were flatly contradicted by referenda and surveys carried out by Hillingdon, Richmond and Hounslow local authorities which found around 72% of residents opposed a 3rd runway (4).

In December last year Heathrow claimed “people in West London are more likely to vote for their MP if they support Heathrow expansion than if they oppose a third runway according to new research from independent polling company Populus” (5)  in contradiction to what MPs day they are hearing on the doorstep and reading in their mail.

Experts are claiming that Populus are asking questions in a way that is guaranteed to get the answers their paymasters want.

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “Heathrow need to come clean about these Populus surveys.  It looks as if their favourite pollster has been discredited.   Heathrow should now to publish not just the questions Populus are asking people but also the ‘spiel’ leading up to the questions.  Unless they can convince us all that they are not leading people to their chosen answer, their results can only be regarded as fiction rather than fact…..to be filed alongside this entertaining incident from Yes Minister http://youtu.be/G0ZZJXw4MTA .”

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 Notes for Editors:

 (1). See HACAN  blog for more details:  http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=316

(2).  http://www.noiseofthecrowd.com/this-fracking-poll-finding-is-one-of-the-least-convincing-ive-ever-seen/

(3). http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/article4174476.ece …

(4). http://www.populus.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Heathrow-Borough-Poll-March-2014.pdf

(5). http://www.richmond.gov.uk/100000_say_no_to_heathrow_expansion

(6). http://mediacentre.heathrowairport.com/Press-releases/One-quarter-of-West-London-more-likely-to-vote-for-their-MP-if-they-back-Heathrow-expansion-77e.aspx .

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AIRCRAFT NOISE COMPLAINTS SOAR AS PASSENGERS NUMBERS REACH RECORD LEVELS AT HEATHROW DURING THE RECENT HEATWAVE

PRESS RELEASE

 for 11/8/14 for immediate use

 Heathrow’s busiest ever month together with the recent heat-wave have resulted in a record number of aircraft noise complaints received by campaign group HACAN .  Heathrow’s figures for July, just released, show that 6.97 million passengers used the airport during the month (1).

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “Open windows at night coupled with more outdoor activities has meant that more than hundreds of thousands people in West London and beyond are having to put up with what at times seems like constant aircraft noise.”

He added, “It puts into perspective Heathrow’s current consultation on compensation – www.heathrow.com/publicconsultation – if a third runway is ever built.  You simply can’t compensate people for the disturbance of planes thundering over as they sit in their gardens trying to enjoy the summer sunshine. And of course, there is increasing evidence that too much noise is as bad for your health as too much sunshine.”

Stewart said, “Just imagine how much worse the noise could be with a 3rd runway and at least 250,000 more flights each year using Heathrow”.

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Notes for editors:

(1). Heathrow records busiest month ever (6.97m pass., +0.5%), busiest day, & cargo up 7.8%. July results: http://bit.ly/1mBIhHU 

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