Daily Archives: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Government leaves itself few options for aviation review

The past month has seen the coalition government come under increasing pressure over its decision to rule out a third runway at Heathrow airport. With a consultation paper on the future of UK aviation expected to be published in a few weeks, the government is sticking to its guns – all options in terms of capacity, including a new airport in the Thames Estuary, are to be considered, except for any expansion at Heathrow. Both the Tories and the Lib Dems made opposition to Heathrow expansion a pre-general election policy to take political advantage of the huge opposition generated by the previous Labour government’s third runway proposal. But does sticking to this policy amidst growing alarm about Britain’s lack of airport space look increasingly unwise? Read more on Government leaves itself few options for aviation review…

Would privatisation of planning services risk loss of ‘geeky expertise’?

Outsourcing was in the news last weekend, with reports that two police forces are considering a radical privatisation plan. The Guardian reported on Saturday that police forces in Surrey and the West Midlands are offering a £1.5 billion contract under which private firms may investigate crimes and detain suspects. Read more on Would privatisation of planning services risk loss of ‘geeky expertise’?…