Green Light for Heathrow, Green Light for Green Spaces- Heathrow to Invest £105m in Local Communities with Expansion Go Ahead
Heathrow Airport have announced a £105m investment plan that would see new and enhanced green spaces for local communities 4 times the size of Hyde Park- but only if the airport expansion is given the green light.
Images unveiled today show how the communities around Heathrow could benefit from a £105m investment in green spaces, including transformational improvements to *Colne Valley Regional Park that would reduce flood risk, protect biodiversity and create public places for people to enjoy.
The investment is included in the airport's expansion plans and would create new and enhanced parkland, as well as wildlife habitats in the surrounding districts and boroughs. This would give local communities more outdoor recreational opportunities, boost diversity and improve the look and feel of the area.
Heathrow has also agreed to work with interested parties to create new wet meadows for flood protection, pastures for grazing animals, bridleways, a cross country course, natural ponds, sports facilities, formal gardens, allotments and even a mountain bike trail for the public to enjoy.
The Colne Valley Regional Park Community Interest Company (CIC,) whom Heathrow provide an annual donation of £5,000 to fund the park, will be collaborating with Heathrow to develop the vision if the airport is chosen for expansion. The plans would be subject to a full public consultation and a rigorous planning process.
New green areas to the East, North and South of the airport would also be created. Heathrow would work with the Friends of the River Crane to improve environmental conditions in the area.
Heathrow has been a corporate supporter of the CIC for many years and continues to work with stakeholders across local communities, to improve environmental conditions in the area.
Heathrow Director of Sustainability, Matt Gorman said: "Heathrow expansion is an opportunity to provide once in a generation improvements to the physical environment for the communities around the airport. Our new plan means this airport can be world-leading in environmental performance and guarantee that those impacted by expansion get both the greatest benefits and fair treatment."
*The Colne Valley Park is the first large countryside to the west of London. Founded in 1965, it stretches from Rickmansworth in the north to Staines-upon-Thames in the south. (http://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk)