Heathrow expansion will harm canals
Heathrow's expansion plans will cause significant harm to the local canals and rivers, destroying habitats and heritage and reducing access to the waterways.
That's according to the Inland Waterways Association in its response to the government's Heathrow Airport Expansion Consultation.
The IWA states that around 13 miles of the Grand Union Canal and the Slough Arm will be affected by the permanent loss of 900 acres of land in the southern part of the Colne Valley Regional Park. This loss of land will narrow the park and disrupt wildlife connectivity between the Thames Basin and the Chilterns.
Threaten the Thames ecology
The government's preferred masterplan will mean combining three rivers (Wraysbury River, River Colne and Bigley Ditch) into a single waterway that can pass under the runway whilst the Duke of Northumberland's River and the Longford River will do the same in a parallel covered channel. The IWA has expressed concern that roof voids allowing daylight to the rivers will be open to spillages, causing pollution that could potentially threaten the ecology of the Thames.
According to the IWA, measures to reduce the effects of the expansion will be insufficient to mitigate the harm to the natural environment. Likewise, the expansion of the airport will be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of those in the entire area, not just those close to the airport. Potential community funding should therefore be widened and include measures to create new open space and improve access to the waterway corridor.
Latest Press Releases
The Poole Harbour Boat Show is now officially launched for a return in 2020 to the spectacular boati... Read more
New for 2019 the Southampton Boat Show, powered by Borrow a Boat will be welcoming visitors into the... Read more
The International Paint Poole Regatta 2020 is developing to be the biggest event yet, with the organ... Read more
Your chance to enter the MS Amlin Seamanship Award 2019 closes at midnight on Tuesday 20th August. Read more
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dee Caffari look at how the environment at sea has been damaged over the... Read more