Today's announcement that the Government wishes to expand Heathrow is a terrible one, but it does not mean expansion at Heathrow can or will take place.
I will continue to fight against Heathrow expansion and I agree with many experts today who are certain that expansion will not happen. The scrutiny and consultation over the next year will, I am sure, show that a third runway is simply not possible for economic, legal and environmental reasons.
I will also continue to fight for a 'better not bigger' Heathrow as the current level of noise, pollution and night flights over residents' homes in our area is not medically safe.
I will continue to work with residents, brilliant resident groups like Teddington Action Group (TAG), national groups including HACAN, and Richmond Borough Council to ensure the next few months of consultation and scrutiny finally end Heathrow's expansion plans now and for good.
I have always been against Heathrow expansion and I will continue to fight against it. This is a fight I remain confident that we can win.
Dr Tania Mathias