I welcome today’s hearing at City Hall on the vexed question of whether we need more aviation capacity in London and if so where should it go.
So much has changed since the publication of the Air Transport White Paper in 2003. I therefore welcome the work of Sir Howard Davies, Chair of the Airports Commission. What is desperately needed is an objective and independent assessment of the complex issues pertaining to aviation in London.
The interim report of the Commission contains an assessment of the evidence on the nature, scale and timing of the steps needed to maintain the UK’s global hub status. The report also contains a number of recommendations for immediate actions and a plan of the phase 2 work programme.
I know from my mail-bag that many of my constituents would be supportive of a statutory noise regulatory authority; currently there is no single body that can mitigate the impact of our crowded and noisy airways.
The Commission’s final report to government is expected by summer 2015, and I look forward to reading it in due course.
I’m pleased to note that the Commission is in listening mode and is holding public evidence sessions, which you can find out more about from the following places.
General Enquiries: email@example.com www.gov.uk/airports-commission
Airport Operational Models Discussion Paper: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Airports Commission Secretariat: Philip Graham (email@example.com)