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Heathrow referendum: Hillingdon votes against expansion

The residents of Hillingdon have voted overwhelmingly against expansion of Heathrow airport.

News release: 21 May 2013

In the first referendum held by Hillingdon Council, 66 per cent of those who voted were against a third runway. The ballot also showed the same number (66.3 per cent) do not want see any more flights in and out of the airport.

The Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said the emphatic 'no' vote should be respected by the government and airport lobby.

In a huge exercise in local democracy, over 81,000 Hillingdon residents took part in the poll.

They had the option to vote online, by post or at their nearest library or council building over a four week period using their polling card and unique reference number. Voting closed last Thursday (16 May) with the results announced today alongside those of  neighbouring Richmond upon Thames Council which held the same ballot.

Cllr Puddifoot said:  "The council has always been clear about our opposition to expansion at Heathrow and this emphatic result shows that the majority of our residents agree with us.

"Today the people of Hillingdon have sent a clear message to the Prime Minister and the Government.

"At the last general election we were promised by David Cameron that there would be no third  runway at Heathrow, as it was unsuitable for expansion and that an alternative solution had to be found.

"I believed him, and so did many of the residents of Hillingdon. The strength of this vote is an indication that they now expect him to be as good as his word."

Two questions were asked:

  1. Should a third runway be built at Heathrow? Yes/no
  2. Are you in favour of more flights into and out of Heathrow? Yes/no

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames' referendum asked the same questions. In  total, 140,516 residents across the two boroughs responded with more than 100,000 saying  no to both questions.

Full results table:

BoroughNumber of ballots distributedOverall turnoutQuestion oneQuestion two
Hillingdon 205,63439.41%  (81,050)

Yes: 34%      (27,377)

No: 66%        (53,235)

Yes: 33.7%    (27,115)

No: 66.3%      (53,342)

Richmond upon Thames136,88043%      (59,466)

Yes: 20%      (12,055)

No: 80%        (47,031)

Yes: 18%        (10,853)

No: 82%         (48,100)

Combined Total342,51440.75% (140,516)

Yes: 28.2%    (39,432)

No: 71.8%    (100,266)

Yes: 27.2%     (37,968)

No: 72.8%      (101,442)

For media information, please contact Charlotte Stamper at Hillingdon Council on 01895 556903.

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