Heathrow expansion

Aircraft noise affects many thousands of local residents in Battersea, Wandsworth and Putney.

The borough suffers because it lies due east of the southern runway at Heathrow. From the borough boundary at Roehampton the airport is just nine miles away.

The 2M Group

Wandsworth Council is a founder member of the 2M group. This is an all-party alliance of local authorities concerned at the environmental impact of Heathrow expansion on their communities.

Leader of Wandsworth Council and spokesman for the 2M campaign group, Ravi Govindia, said:

"Almost every part of Wandsworth would be affected by aircraft noise if Heathrow expands to a four runway hub. Across London and the Home Counties a total of three million people would be living under its flightpaths. The price is far too high.

"Heathrow is in the worst position in the country for a major airport and the Government should focus the search for new runway sites on viable settings where the impacts are less severe.

"We continue to lobby for a complete ban on night flights and for better respite protection so our residents can have a regular break from the overhead noise.

"If you are affected by Heathrow's flightpaths please leave a comment here to help us evidence the strength of local feeling."

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Davies Airports Commission

Read the council's submissions to the Government's Airports Commission from May 2013 and September 2013.

Noise contour maps

New research suggest the entire borough of Wandsworth could be subjected to aircraft noise if Heathrow is allowed to develop into a four runway hub.

Wandsworth Council and its 2M Group campaign partners have produced new 'noise contour maps' (below) highlighting the parts of London which could be overflown by planes using the proposed third and fourth runways.

Download high res versions of the arrivals and departures maps.

Potential noise contour map for Heathrow arrivals
Potential noise contour map for Heathrow arrivals