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Legal action begins on Heathrow third runway

By Bridget Osborne

Legal action begins on Heathrow third runway 12 March 2019

A number of legal challenges to the expansion of Heathrow begin this week in the High Court. There are five separate court cases being brought, one of them involving a coalition of local authorities, London mayor Sadiq Khan and environmental campaign group Greenpeace. Grounds for the legal challenge include the argument that the expansion at Heathrow has been approved without properly considering its impact on Climate Change, and also that the extra emissions from the 700 extra flights are inconsistent with the Paris Agreement, which the Government has ratified.

The coalition will argue that the third runway can only be built by demolishing thousands of homes and making life noisier and unhealthier for millions of people, while large increases in road traffic will worsen pollution. The five councils behind the action include Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth, and Windsor and Maidenhead. Hounslow and Ealing are notable by their absence. 


Activists from Hounslow Green Party joined other “Stop 700 More” protestors outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday. Victoria George, Green Party representative for Brentford (pictured above) said: 

“If you strip away the legal jargon the case is very simple.  Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, is charged with hypocrisy.  The government signed the Paris Agreement and now he is ignoring it.  And because we live by the Rule of Law there are rightfully consequences for his reckless action. The Third Runway is not a certainty, and this court case, and this brilliant turnout today are testament to that. I am, of course, disappointed that Hounslow Council is notable by its absence. It should be here, standing up for the health, well-being and future of its citizens.”

Should you wish to join the protest, you can contact Daniel Goldsmith at

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