Special Heathrow Edition!
There can be no doubt that after last Friday’s stunning success in the High Court the Government’s bid to impose a third Heathrow runway, and all the noise and congestion that goes with it, has come badly unstuck.
To those of us who fought the campaign it seems as if all the Transport Department’s chickens have finally come home to roost. Right from the start they fitted the facts to get the outcome they wanted. Remember the fantasy planes they invented to prove the noise test could be met? The reasons ministers could be so confident about the runway meeting its environmental tests was because they loaded the dice so heavily in favour. But what Lord Justice Carnwath found last week was that the Government had closed down debate on the biggest test of all: the climate change impact of all those extra flights.
Few people among the 700 or so who attended the St Mary’s Church debate on Heathrow back in January 2008 can have imagined that our campaign would have such a successful outcome. But it just shows what can be achieved if you work at it.
March 31, 2010
Edward Lister is the Leader of Wandsworth Council and a member for Putney's Thamesfield ward.