Boris backs Heathrow referenda
Residents should be allowed to hold local referenda on plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, Boris Johnson has said.
The Mayor of London said he would campaign for people to vote "no" in the event of a vote being held.
“If there are going to be referendums on this issue locally then I would totally support it. I would vote no. I will be mobilising and alerting Londoners to the risk of a third runway at Heathrow.”
Mr Johnson also said the Government would be “foolish" to U-turn on its commitment to oppose a third runway at Heathrow.
Speaking during Mayor’s Question Time, the Mayor spelt out his plans to campaign against Heathrow expansion, which he said would bring a “
substantial erosion in the quality of life for millions of people".
He spoke about his intention to alert Londoners to the risks of a third runway and urged the Government to “introduce some parity” to the argument.
Mr Johnson confirmed that his aviation advisor, Daniel Moylan, will relinquish the chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation in order to lead the Mayor’s inquiry into aviation expansion in London.
He said: “Daniel Moylan is handing the LLDC chair to me and he will now be leading a twofold campaign, one: to make sure that we stop renewed plans to build a third runway at Heathrow and number two: to build momentum behind viable alternatives to that project.”