Proposed third runway for airport hits the skids once more as a result of Brexit
Proposed plans to construct a new runway and increase airport capacity at Heathrow or Gatwick airport have yet again been delayed as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the EU alongside David Cameron’s shock resignation as Prime Minister. Plans for the runway’s £17.6 billion construction has seen repeated delays since plans were announced, and will not be looked into again until October 2016, when a new Prime Minister is appointed.
The decision has infuriated businesses, who have stressed the need for an extra runway due to Heathrow reaching maximum capacity, with 91 percent of firms viewing an extra runway to be crucial; alongside residents who now face uncertainties and ongoing concerns with sound and pollutions levels emitted from the proposed construction. Paul Drechsler CBE, CBI President said: “Our new analysis shows that our European rivals with spare capacity will be gaining at the UK’s expense, cashing in on their own thriving connectivity, if we fail to get on and build a new runway. By 2030, better capacity will see German trade with the BRIC economies alone grow by an additional £15 billion, and French trade grow by £7.5 billion – trade that could and should be coming here.”
John Holland, Heathrow’s Chief Executive stated that it was important that the government make a decision despite the Brexit vote to ensure Britain’s business and trade links stay strong and are maintained:
"It will allow British exporters to trade with all the growing markets of the world, strengthening Britain's position as one of the great trading nations. And at a time of uncertainty a £16bn ($22bn) privately funded infrastructure investment will create jobs and growth across the UK. Government can send the strongest possible signal that Britain is open for business and confident in its future by expanding Heathrow."
Originally planned to be constructed at Heathrow in July 2015, plans were put on hold in the December when further investigations surrounding pollution and increased sound levels upon neighbouring buildings were undertaken. The introduction of a third runway has caused upset to many local residents, who want an answer from the Government in the construction of a proposed runway. The group Stop Heathrow Expansion has stated on their website: “the threat of a third runway means people live with the very real possibility of having to leave their community to make room for more planes, more pollution and more noise.” David Cameron’s successor will have to make the ultimate decision as Prime Minister as to whether a new runway will be ultimately undertaken, with compensation provided to residents who may have to move as a result of the change.
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uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched
This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.
Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.
Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.
Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.
Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility.
"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”
Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.