Invited by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Aviation Group, Brian Donohoe MP, Paul set out the key findings. On the same platform were Huw Thomas from Foster and Partners and Robin Cooper from Medway Council. The audience included MPs and Members of the House of Lords, together with many key influencers who have already contributed to the survey.
From the survey and the debate, it is clear that there is no ‘either or’ option – if TEA happens then Heathrow must close – key contributors say you cannot have both.
The survey respondents identify the biggest losers as ‘local residents’, ‘local environment’ and ‘heritage sites’. Those who gain the most are ‘international business’ and ‘international investors’.
Maybe somewhat surprisingly, key influencers have their doubts on the overall net position of jobs creation. Almost the same proportion of respondents who felt that ‘local businesses’ would get benefits believed that local businesses would suffer. Respondents sited the “life sucking” effect of a major project on existing businesses whereby the skilled and semi-skilled workforce are ‘sucked into’ the airport, depleting local businesses and forcing them to close.
More results to come. Further details on the debate to be posted.