03:09PM, Thursday 30 June 2016
Slough Borough Council leader Cllr Sohail Munawar expressed his disappointment in the government for postponing its decision on Heathrow Airport’s expansion today.
The decision on building an extra runway will now be the responsibility of David Cameron's successor when he steps down as Prime Minister.
In a statement, the council leader said: “In the midst of uncertainty caused by Brexit, there would be no better way to show that the UK is open for business than to approve the expansion of the country’s most economically important airport.
“We are concerned that further delays will cause even greater uncertainty, risking damage to the economy both in Slough and further afield.”
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s cabinet member for environmental services, Cllr Carwyn Cox said: “It is disappointing that the government is deferring the decision as our residents have been waiting for a long time and are seeking clarity over the situation.
“That said, we understand why they have postponed it.”
Responding to the announcement Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said: “If Britain wants to be confident, outward-looking and at the centre of the world’s economy then expanding Heathrow must be a key building block in the Government’s Brexit plan.
"At a time of uncertainty a £16bn privately funded infrastructure investment will create jobs and growth across the UK."
Slough Business Community Partnership chairman Rafiq Chohan is disappointed with the decision.
He said: "I think particularly after Brexit a decision needs to be made.
"It should be expedited because it will provide for the economy.
"It was held off long enough. The government just need to show some courage."
Closures are planned on the M4 between Langley and the M25 this weekend for smart motorway works.