Two years after local residents and environmentalists successfully stopped the expansion of Heathrow, plans for a third runway are back. Unsurprisingly, the aviation industry is again pushing very hard for them to go through.
Legally, the government says that it has to allow the lobbying. That does not mean that it has to pay any attention. The fact that the British government appears to be wavering is worrying.
A third runway at Heathrow would cost people their homes, ruin the lives of residents under the new flight paths and, of course, enormously add to the UK's carbon footprint, wrecking any plans to cut carbon emissions. The alternative is more and better high speed rail, and this is where efforts should be focused.
Ask Cameron to stand firm http://www.thepetitionsite.com/601/531/656/cameron-dont-give-into-aviation-lobby/.