by Natalie Vincent Fri 6 July 2018, 4:10 pm
Slough Borough Council has welcomed parliament's recent vote to expand Heathrow airport with a third runway.
Identifying five priorities in its work with the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group, the council wants to designate a "green envelope" around Colnbrook and protection for its historic buildings and for improved public transport infrastructure to make Slough the "western public transport gateway". New off-airport facilities would make Slough a centre for new business and support the community, while asking that the airport invest in and help develop local construction skills. Keeping the borough’s current boundaries after the expansion also forms part of the demands.
James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: "I am pleased that after nine years parliament has finally given its official and formal backing to Heathrow expansion. Slough is undergoing a period of exciting and unprecedented regeneration – and the decision to expand Heathrow only adds to this; bringing a strategy to increase jobs, improve public transport and enhance local transport infrastructure.
"We are of course aware of the impacts expansion will have on residents closest to the airport and we will continue to work with Heathrow to secure the best possible package of mitigation. We have already been making progress on this and I am certain much more can be achieved in the coming months; expanding Heathrow was the right decision in 2009 and remains the right decision today, not just for the town of Slough, but for the country as a whole."
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