28/02/2020

NI Council Backs Under-Threat Heathrow Expansion

A DUP MP has thrown his support behind the creation of a third runway at Heathrow as doubt surrounds the expansion plans.

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said the long-campaigned for development is "vital" to the future economic growth of the UK.

The plans were plunged into jeopardy yesterday as a court ruled that the UK Government must reconsider its support because of its impact on the environment.

Those campaigning against the expansion hailed the decision as a victory, however it's understood the airport is pursuing the expansion work.

Mr Paisley urged the UK government to do all it can to ensure the runway is delivered.

"Northern Ireland has a key role to play in the construction of that runway and I am calling on the Prime Minister to unlock the immense potential this infrastructure project offers UK industry.
News Image
"I have had discussions with Heathrow management this morning and I intend to meet with the Transport Secretary as a matter of urgency.

"The scale of this opportunity and the impact it would have on our economy is so vast, we cannot allow it to pass."

Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Anne Donaghy added her support to the development

"We have been working to play an important role in the expansion of Heathrow since 2017, and as an area that has suffered large job losses and a huge drop in GVA in recent years, we identified this as a major opportunity within our economic fightback plan," Ms Donaghy said.

"We have been in discussions with the Graham Group, who are currently leading our Heathrow Logistics Hub bid, and they too are extremely eager for a solution to be agreed to move this project forward.

"Our political representatives will ensure Westminster is left in no doubt of the impact the building of the third runway could have on our area and Northern Ireland as a whole."



(JG/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

20 November 2020
Belfast Named 'Pioneer City' In Worldwide Initiative
Belfast has been chosen to join 35 other cities from around the world to pioneer a new global policy roadmap for the responsible adoption of new technology as part of the World Economic Forum's G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance.
19 November 2020
£1.23m Allocated To Secure Future Of City Of Derry Airport
Additional support of £1.23m has been announced to help secure the future of City of Derry Airport. This short term support grant, which is based on 50% of the airport's deficit for this financial year, is to help City of Derry Airport to remain operational.
10 November 2020
Proposed Redundancies Have 'More Than Doubled'
Proposed redundancies more than doubled in the year to October 2020, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has revealed. According to the latest labour market statistics 9,600 collective redundancies were proposed in the twelve months to the end of October, over double the number recorded in the previous twelve months.
10 November 2020
Alliance Calls For "Clear And Future-Proofed" Economic Strategy
The Alliance Party have called for a "clear and future-proofed" economic strategy for Northern Ireland. The party's Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA, made the call as the Assembly heard a motion calling for an Executive manufacturing strategy to help the sector recover and grow following the pandemic.
06 November 2020
Enhanced L'Derry-Belfast Train Service Considered
A feasibility study is to explore the possibility of a half-hourly train service between L'Derry and Belfast. Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon said the study will also examine the possibility of three new halting stops at Park & Ride facilities at Strathfoyle, Eglinton/City of Derry Airport and Ballykelly.