Heathrow Expansion Consultation 2017
The Government is now consulting on plans to expand Heathrow Airport and residents have until May 25, 2017 to have their say.
Wandsworth Council is opposing the plan, which councillors believe would have major impacts on the quality of life in the borough. Find out why and how you can have your say below.
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The Government sent a consultation leaflet to around 1.5 million homes around the airport including every address in Wandsworth. It lists potential economic benefits, but does not include information on increasing aircraft noise levels, pollution impacts, health impacts, taxpayer costs, traffic increases or the loss of noise respite periods.
Wandsworth, along with Hillingdon, Richmond, and Windsor and Maidenhead councils, is concerned that residents are being presented with a one-sided picture of the third runway plan and are working together to highlight the serious negative impacts which the Government has ignored.
The councils concerns with Heathrow expansion include:
- Increase in noise: 50% increase in flights and new flight paths over quiet parts of the South East including Wandsworth.
- Noise respite will be halved: Most communities under flight paths will be overflown for 75% of the day, compared to 50% today.
- Only five long haul routes: There will be 260,000 more flights a year, but only 5 additional long haul routes.
- Disrupting the M25: Expansion requires rerouting the A4 and local road network, putting the M25 in a tunnel and increasing rail capacity. This would cause years of disruption and comes at an estimated cost of up to £15 billion to the taxpayer.
- Increased levels of pollution: Heathrow already contributes to illegal pollution levels which would increase with expansion.
- More night flights: Night flights would continue, and the Government's proposed 6.5 hour ban doesn't cover the whole night.
- Increased detrimental health impacts: Expanding Heathrow would damage thousands of people’s health - particularly children and those with existing conditions.
- Increased traffic levels: Expansion would generate 25 million extra road passenger journeys a year and double the airport’s existing freight operation.
- Increased noise impacts on schools: An extra 108 schools would be overflown for 75% of the day. Hundreds more schools would see aircraft noise increase from 50% of the day, to 75%.
- Homes destroyed: Around 1,000 homes will be destroyed as Heathrow expands. There is also no planned infrastructure e.g. community facilities to support an expanded airport.
You can download and share the council’s flyer about Heathrow impacts here.
Make your voice heard
Write to: Freepost RUNWAY CONSULTATION
Respond online: www.gov.uk/dft/heathrow-airport-expansion
Attend a consultation event:
Thursday 23 February 11am-8pm
Twickenham York House, Richmond Road, TW1 3AA
Friday 24 February 11am-8pm
Putney Putney Leisure Centre,
Dryburgh Road, SW15 1BL
Monday 27 February 11am-8pm
Hounslow Hounslow Civic Centre,
Lampton Road, TW3 4DN
Friday 3 March 11am-8pm
Windsor Youth and Community Centre,
65 Alma Road, SL4 3HD
Saturday 4 March 10am-5pm
West Drayton Yiewsley and West Drayton
Harmondsworth Road, UB7 9JL
Monday 6 March 11am-8pm
Hammersmith Assembly Hall,
King Street, W6 9JU
Tuesday 7 March 11am-8pm
Braywick Road, SL6 1BN
Friday 10 March 11am-8pm
Parkshot, TW9 2RE
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