MAJORITY IN PRIME MINISTER’S BACKYARD OPPOSE 3RD RUNWAY AT HEATHROW

Press Release

 8/8/16 for immediate use

 MAJORITY IN PRIME MINISTER’S BACKYARD OPPOSE 3RD RUNWAY AT HEATHROW

Campaigners claim that Theresa May would run into trouble locally if she backed a third runway at Heathrow.  Lobby group HACAN, which is against Heathrow expansion, has unearthed a poll which shows that less than a third of residents in Windsor and Maidenhead borough, which includes the Prime Minister’s constituency, back a third runway at Heathrow while nearly 40% oppose it.  Half the people interviewed in the 2015 MORI Poll commissioned by the borough (1), back a second runway at Gatwick.

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “These findings show just how carefully the Prime Minister will have to tread in coming to her decision about where a new runway should be built.  She risks a backlash in her own backyard if she gives the go-ahead to a third runway at Heathrow.”

The poll’s findings showed that 31% of people in the borough backed Heathrow Airport’s plans for a third runway, with 38% opposed to it.  50% supported a second runway at Gatwick, with 14% against.

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 Notes for Editors:

 (1). Details of the survey

https://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/3515/Royal-Borough-of-Windsor-and-Maidenhead-Aviation-Survey.aspx

https://www.ipsos-mori.com/Assets/Docs/Polls/aviation-survey-rbwm-topline-2015.pdf

For further information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6631 or 07957385650