Hounslow Council reveals more residents support Heathrow expansion than oppose it
Hounslow Council has today released sample polling that shows 44% of its residents support Heathrow expansion, compared to 29% that oppose it.
The polling, conducted by Opinion Research Services, was part of a broader survey of Hounslow residents about council services and showed that in some areas support was almost twice as high as opposition.
- 44 per cent of residents surveyed support a third runway at Heathrow (including 18 per cent who strongly support it).
- 29 per cent of residents surveyed oppose a third runway at Heathrow (including 21 per cent who strongly oppose it).
- 25 per cent of residents surveyed neither support nor oppose a third runway at Heathrow.
Significantly, 46% of people said the Council should support the Government if it decides to proceed with a third runway at Heathrow – compared to 25% who said they should oppose it.
51% of Central Hounslow residents support expansion, 26% oppose
The following is an extract from Hounslow Council’s News Release issued today:
“The survey indicates geographical differences in levels of support and opposition to a third runway. For example, in Central Hounslow 51 per cent of residents surveyed support a third runway and 26 per cent oppose it; while in Chiswick 31 per cent of residents surveyed support a third runway and 38 per cent oppose it.
In both areas more than 20 per cent of surveyed residents neither support nor oppose a third runway.
Should the government decide to go ahead with the third runway, 46 per cent of residents surveyed think the Council should support the government’s decision, while 25 per cent think the Council should oppose it.”
Heathrow to work with “Hounslow Council to deliver the best outcome for residents.”
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Chief Executive, commented on the results, saying, “We are grateful for the trust placed in us by the residents of Hounslow.”
“Heathrow expansion is an opportunity to transform West London for the better, providing more high quality careers and growing the local economy while reducing noise and improving air quality.
“We look forward to working with Hounslow Council to deliver the best outcome for residents.”
According to Hounslow Council, “Opinion Research Services carried out the latest survey between 8 September and 18 October 2016 by undertaking 1,207 interviews with residents who collectively provided weighted data which is representative of our Borough’s population.
Opinion Research Services’ full report will be published later this afternoon [Monday 23 January 2017] with papers for the Council meeting on 31 January.”