Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

No New Runways!

This morning, the Government announced their plans on airport expansion and have granted Heathrow a third runway instead of expanding Gatwick. Adur and Worthing Liberal Democrats fiercely oppose the Government’s decision and as a party we oppose ALL airport expansion in the South East. 

 

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The Committee on Climate Change says emissions from flying must be capped – though they allow for a doubling in aviation emissions on 1990 levels, whilst all other sectors have to cut their greenhouse gases by 85%. We shouldn’t expect the rest of society to have to cut emissions faster just to make room for the aviation industry.

Commenting on the Government’s decision to give the go-ahead to a third runway at Heathrow, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

“The ‘No Ifs, No Buts’ pledge from the Conservatives has been thrown by the wayside in the rush to bulldoze homes and build a new runway. Theresa May used to make this case, now she has ripped those words down from her website and scrubbed them from history. Boris once said he would lay down in front of the bulldozer. Now he will find himself on the slow boat to China – anywhere to avoid having to stand up for his principles – or stand down from his seat at the cabinet table.”

A Heathrow third runway “would undermine our national [climate] targets and seriously damage the health of the local community.” These are the words of Theresa May in 2008, welcoming the Climate Change Act. 

Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats say no new runways!