Firms 'could quit UK' if Heathrow was shut

Businesses that employ thousands of people around Heathrow have said that they would not relocate if the airport was shut down and would consider leaving the UK entirely.

In a submission to the Government's Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, the property giant, Segro, said that a poll of businesses around Heathrow showed huge support for expanding the airport as the best solution to the UK's aviation needs. Any other option would cause significant economic damage.

Hector_Ing: "Businesses that employ thousands of people around Heathrow have said that they would not relocate if the airport was shut down and would consider leaving the UK entirely." What utter bolleaux. Call the bluff of these businesses and I guarantee that the vast majority of them will go wherever the money is. And those who don't deserve to be weeded out by natural selection. This is similar to the utter bolleaux we were fed a few years ago concerning the need to bribe bwankers to stay in the UK. How many of them actually left? During my career I have found it necessary from time to time to work with the PR jerks who dream up this sort of rancid drivel. What amazes me is that the PR jerks can drum up any number of so-called journalists who are more than happy to publish their craap. But it's called "lobbying", and it's a multi-billion pound business in it's own right that firmly embraces occupants of the Palace of Westminster. Dear Prime Minister, I recall that only a few months have passed since you became awfully flustered about the gay abandon with which MPs were becoming engaged with lobbying firms. You gushed about a thorough overhaul of the system at the time but since then it has gone thunderingly quiet. And since then you yourself have become flagrantly engaged with a senior member of a lobbying firm. How's the cleanup project going?

bsmsnudge:  Bolleaux?  Do you mean "bollocks"?

Hector_Ing:   I have lived in France for 19 years so I now pronounce "bollocks" with a French accent.

bsmsnudge: Ah oui. :-)

Hector_Ing:   And my wife, who is French, pronounces the quaint old Anglo-Saxon adjective "F*cking" as "Fur King", which all my English family and friends find quite charming.

bsmsnudge: In Quebec, they swear after they hit you, at which point you are oblivious to the pronunciation of the epithet. My brother-in-law who's from up north near Garstang, says "fur cough", which I find handy on occasion.

Hector_Ing:   Know the area well. I used to drink and dart in the Patten Arms at Winmarleigh, just down the road from Garstang.

bsmsnudge: Nice area, I used to drink at a Boddington's pub in town and right across the road was a chippie. There's a new building where the pub was and the chippie is now called Something Delicious, at least the church is still there, I spent at least two nights sleeping in the churchyard, happy days.

Greg Tingey: Oh CODSWALLOP If a NEW, BETTER airport is built "on the estuary" (somewhere) you would get more business not lewss. This is Theifrow's FOREIGN owners screaming. Take no notice.

bluebottle01:    What a bloody stupid survey.    Carried out by a company with major investment near / in Heathrow polling 77 companies heavily involved with Heathrow, some for 20 years.    And what did anyone expect to find from this? 

Martin Nones: If middle class left wingers stopped all the unnecessary flying they do, whilst at the same time complaining about climate change then Heathrow would have plenty of capacity.

Quinx: Empty threats.

midnighteye: I can't imagine anyone would be crazy enough to throw away the huge investment already put into Heathrow but neither can I imagine it to be a suitable location for another runway. Boris should stow that blather about starting again in the Thames estuary, the certain overuns and delays as well as eventually finding put what it will really cost hardly need to be pointed out. Another runway at Stanstead and/or another at Gatwick will do quite nicely, thank you. Of course businesses around Heathrow would like it expanded, I wonder what the businesses around Stanstead would like, I just can't imagine!

Comparethemarxists: At what point is Heathrow ever likely to close down in the foreseeable future? Utterly ridiculous suggestion which makes the article idiotic.

Sailor25: " a poll of businesses around Heathrow showed huge support for expanding the airport as the best solution to the UK's aviation needs" Shock shock horror and I just read a poll from businesses on the island of Mull which clearly set out that the best option for a UK hub airport was Tobermory

BoiledCabbage: Segro, which owns £1.2bn of assets around Heathrow. Not actually a neutral comment then?

Charia Law: Business goes where there is money to be made and where the airport is situated is virtually irrelevant as long as it is safe, modern, well run, with a first class infrastructure of roads, rail, etc, serving it.

jono: Nonsense.

ritritrit: No it's not.

lawksamussy: Firms 'could quit UK' if Britain were to sink beneath the waves.

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