Harrow’s Labour-run Council in February 2011:
“LBH is against the proposed expansion of London Heathrow. There would be significant environmental impact in terms of air and noise pollution, negatively effecting Harrow’s climate change targets for air quality levels. The proposal would increase the surface transport movements to and from the airport on an already congested road network.” – Response by Harrow Council to the London Councils.
Harrow’s Labour-run Council in October 2016:
“As a North-West London Council leader – I’ve supported Heathrow’s expansion from the very beginning. Heathrow’s been giving our local economy a huge boost for generations and this expansion will bring even more jobs and growth to our borough, improve our status as a global hub for trade and travel, and bring huge benefits for small businesses too. Harrow’s the best borough in London for small businesses, and everyone from our construction companies to our caterers will benefit from Heathrow’s expansion.” – Cllr Sachin Shah, Leader.
You might argue that five years is a long time – it certainly is in politics – but road conditions haven’t improved, air pollution is still high, and noise levels remain unacceptable for large swathes of people around the airport. Is Cllr Shah, in what seems be becoming the autumn of his political career, jumping on on a bandwagon?