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Local Lib-Dems react angrily to Heathrow expansion plans

January 22, 2009 12:00 PM

Woodley and Earley Liberal Democrats have reacted angrily to the Government's announcement to go ahead with the controversial Heathrow expansion plans.

Councillor Jenny Lissaman (Lib Dem spokesperson for the environment and councillor for Bulmershe & Whitegates ward) said, "The plan to expand Heathrow airport is an environmental disaster. Today's announcement rips to shreds any remaining credibility the Labour government has when it claims it is serious about tackling climate change.

"If this scheme goes ahead, Heathrow would be Britain's single biggest source of carbon emissions. Thankfully, it is almost certain that any government elected at the next General Election will cancel this ludicrous project.

"Residents in Earley and Woodley have been complaining about increased aircraft noise from Heathrow in recent months. Imagine how much worse it will be with this major expansion of the airport. I have joined with Gareth Epps, Lib Dem Parliamentary campaigner for Reading East, in his call to step up the fight against this disastrous plan.

"Greenpeace has bought a piece of land that is vital for the expansion in the hopes that they can stop the scheme. I have signed up, for free, as a landowner of the land that would form part of the runway. I urge the millions of people who want to ensure that this white elephant will never be built to sign up by logging onto Greenpeace's website: www.greenpeace.org.uk.

"What Britain needs now is a high-speed rail network, to reduce carbon emissions and help reduce the congestion that clogs our roads. Tory and Labour governments have left our country behind the times, and even today only the Liberal Democrats have put forward plans which will actually pay for high speed rail."