The latest delayed decision over a possible third runway at Heathrow Airport shows the Government has no backbone to tackle the UK’s big aviation challenges, according to UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour.
“Indecision and uncertainty is the enemy of business, and the Government’s dithering could cause serious damage to the UK’s reputation, and economy,” she said.
“Not only that, but it is causing continued heartache for the many people, who fear they may lose their homes if this third runway at Heathrow goes ahead.
“These people deserve an answer, one way or the other, so they can move on with their lives, and plan for their future. It is grossly unfair to leave them in limbo in this way.”
Mrs Seymour added: “I’m opposed to the idea of building a third runway at Heathrow. We should be expanding capacity at all of our regional airports across the UK instead.
“In the south east, for example, why not look at re-opening Manston Airport and expanding Gatwick as more sensible alternatives?”
“But whatever people’s views may be about the expansion of Heathrow, it’s vital now that the Government gets off the fence, and reaches a definitive conclusion.”
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says the government needs to "undertake more work on environmental impacts, including air quality, noise and carbon" before deciding on how best to expand airport capacity.
But Mrs Seymour said these issues were not even close to reaching any kind of satisfactory conclusion. “The Airports Commission has spent almost three years, and £20 million, to produce the most detailed independent report of its type ever commissioned.
“It therefore seems ridiculous for the Government to claim they have had insufficient time, or a lack of information, to make the decision promised by the end of 2015.”
She added: “Sometimes, tough decisions have to be made. The world’s airlines need certainty to invest in the UK and every week that passes is a dent in the British economy.
“Businesses will be tearing their hair out at the gutless attitude of a Government which wants to try to please everyone, but in doing so ends up doing nothing.”