Ruth Cadbury speaks out in debate against Heathrow expansion

Image above: Ruth Cadbury MP near Heathrow Airport

MP calls for ‘better, not bigger’ Heathrow and calls for action around workers’ rights and noise pollution.

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, used a speech in a Westminster Hall Debate in Parliament to reaffirm her opposition to a Third Runway at Heathrow Airport, while also raising a number of other constituency issues relating to Heathrow expansion.

In her speech, Ms. Cadbury warned that even without a third runway at Heathrow there could still be a big increase in the number of flights arriving at Heathrow if runway alternation is ended.

During the day, when planes are landing and taking off to the west (westerly operations), Heathrow alternate the use of their two runways to provide local communities with respite from noisy planes.

The Brentford and Isleworth MP also said there is need for adequate noise insulation schemes to ensure residents locally could access double glazing and other improvements to reduce noise pollution.

She finally called on Heathrow to do more to improve the rights and conditions of the thousands of staff who work at Heathrow Airport.

Image above: Heathrow Airport

Third runway “would only make noise pollution worse”

Speaking after the debate, Ms. Cadbury said:

‘‘When I was elected in 2015 I promised residents locally that I would fight against Heathrow expansion and eight years later I was proud to speak out, once again, against the impact that expansion would have on communities locally.

‘‘Whether you live in Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley or North Chiswick the excessive noise from the existing two runways is already having a huge impact. A third runway or an expansion in the number of existing flights would only make noise pollution worse.

‘‘On top of this despite the improvements bought by the New Elizabeth Line a third runway would mean more congestion and crowding on our transport network locally.  Heathrow also needs to do more to support its hard-pressed workforce. I strongly opposed their decision to use fire & rehire tactics on their workers in the pandemic, and I’m concerned that many working in and around the airport are still facing low pay and poor conditions. Heathrow must be better, not bigger.

‘‘I will continue to work with campaigners, local community groups and residents across West London to protect our local community from expansion.’’