South East: Calls For Airport Capacity
18 October 2012, 06:00
Wokingham Borough Council says its backing the position of the majority of Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP) stakeholders that discussion on all options for increasing airport capacity in the south east should be reopened.
Nearly 1,000 Wokingham borough residents work at Heathrow and around 70% of businesses coming to the UK for the first time settle within an hour of the airport.
Three quarters of all companies in the Thames Valley also say Heathrow is main reason they are here.
However businesses here are worried that the Government's current position against a third runway at Heathrow and the proposal for a Thames Estuary airport could be damaging to the local economy.
Cllr Rob Stanton, Wokingham Borough Council's Executive Member for Economic Development has been speaking to Heart about why it's important to continue the discussion for airport expansion: