Opposition to expansion at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) has been fierce. The BBC reports that campaigners who tried to challenge the proposed third runway at the facility have just had their case dismissed. The campaigners say the expansion will have a “severe” impact on the lives of Londoners.
Campaigners who attempted to legally challenge the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) have had their arguments dismissed, reports the BBC.
A number of municipal governments within the London area plus a host of residents and charities took legal action against the British government in an attempt to stop the proposed addition of a third runway at LHR. They argued that expansion at the facility would have a “severe” impact on the lives of the city’s residents.
However, this argument has been dismissed.
Chris Grayling, the country’s transport secretary, was quoted as saying that, “The expansion of Heathrow is vital and will provide a massive economic boost to businesses and communities across the length and breadth of Britain, all at no cost to the taxpayer and within our environmental obligations. I now call on all public bodies not to waste any more taxpayers’ money or seek to further delay this vital project.”
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has also expressed his opposition to expansion at LHR. Shirley Rodrigues, deputy London mayor for environment and energy, stated on Khan’s position, “In challenging the decision to expand Heathrow, Sadiq has stood up for Londoners who have serious concerns about the damaging impact it will have.”
Speaking on the verdict, Lord Justice Hickinbottom said, “We understand that these claims involve underlying issues upon which the parties – and indeed many members of the public – hold strong and sincere views.”
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