Council in May's constituency 'is preparing judicial review over Heathrow expansion'

Reports that a local authority that includes part of Prime Minister Theresa May's constituency is preparing to seek a judicial review if her government approves the expansion of Heathrow airport feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that Simon Dudley, the Conservative leader of Windsor and Maidenhead council, said he "was determined to protect residents from the ‘adverse consequences of an expansion of Heathrow airport’, regardless of May’s links to the area". The paper says that he will be "asking for colleagues to agree to a budget that is £20,000 more than originally suggested in preparation for a judicial review of a government approval."

TheTelegraph reports that a third runway at Heathrow "has become more likely ahead of a decision by ministers next week, after the Scottish Government backed the plan". The paper says that Scottish ministers "claimed expanding the west London hub will provide a number of benefits for Scotland, including new jobs and more flights".

The Guardian reports that Downing Street has denied that the housing and planning minister’s suggestion that parents should leave their property and savings to their grandchildren rather than their children to help them get on the housing ladder represents government policy. The paper says that "Gavin Barwell made the call for pensioners to skip a generation when writing their wills as he revealed that his 75-year-old mother had chosen to leave her £700,000 house in Croydon to her five grandchildren rather than to himself and his brother." But the paper adds that "Theresa May’s deputy spokesman said the senior Conservative had been speaking in a personal capacity when he made the remarks at a fringe event at the party conference last week."

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that "British companies will have difficulties borrowing for infrastructure projects from the European Investment Bank as Brexit draws closer, the head of the EU bank has said". The paper says that, "in a blow to [chancellor] Philip Hammond’s ambition to bolster the UK economy with increased infrastructure spending", Werner Hoyer, the president of the EIB, said that recent levels of lending to the UK "cannot be maintained".

A comment piece in the Guardian says that shale gas fracking is "a form of climate change denial". Josh Fox, a "film-maker, playwright and environmental activist" writes: "We can’t afford to dig up the fossil fuel deposits we’ve already developed, let alone develop new ones, especially shale gas. Some peer-reviewed research finds that shale gas is worse for the climate than coal or oil, because fracking and transporting it emits massive quantities of methane, which is over 80 times more powerful a warming agent than carbon dioxide over 20 years."

The Guardian reports that "global demand for energy per capita will peak in 2030 thanks to new technology and stricter government policies, the World Energy Council has predicted." The paper says that, "in a report on a range of scenarios for global energy use, the group of academics, energy companies and public sector bodies outlined a ‘fundamentally new world for the energy industry’ calling it the ‘grand transition’."

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