Council urges residents opposed to Heathrow third runway to make their voices heard

Published: Tuesday 8th January 19

On the day Heathrow Airport has launched a new major public consultation exercise, Wandsworth Council Leader Ravi Govindia has reiterated the local authority’s opposition to a third runway.

The eight-week public consultation is asking for public feedback on issues such as noise, runway alternation and night flying relating to its two existing runways, as well as the proposed controversial new third runway.

Heathrow is revealing for the first time the geographical areas – so called “design envelopes” - where new flight paths could be positioned. Wandsworth has been pushing for this information for years to ensure that residents could see the true impact of expansion on their lives.

More than 30 consultation events will be held giving people affected the opportunity to raise their concerns and provide feedback on Heathrow’s proposals.

The only event taking place in the borough is in Roehampton on January 30 from 2-8pm at the Elm Grove Conference Centre Oak Rooms, The University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PH. 

Cllr Govindia said: “It is frankly extraordinary that it’s only now, after the Government has made its decision to expand Heathrow, that there is transparency with communities on where planes might fly. It is also very concerning to read the headlines around this consultation that an extra 25,000 flights a year could come through Heathrow before the third runway is built.

“Our position on a third runway hasn’t changed and I would urge people to get involved in this consultation and make their voices heard.

“A third runway would have a serious impact on Wandsworth, other areas of west London and beyond. Expansion would see an unacceptable rise in noise and air pollution, damaging the environment and posing a risk to people’s health - and all at a potential cost to tax payers of billions of pounds. The consultation document shows exactly why expansion cannot be done without inflicting additional flights on long suffering Londoners.”

Wandsworth is part of a coalition of councils and others – including the London Boroughs of Hillingdon, Richmond, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Hammersmith and Fulham, as well as the Mayor of London and Greenpeace – that are seeking a judicial review of the Government’s decision to give policy support in the Airports National Policy Statement (“NPS”) for a third Heathrow runway.

Today’s consultation announcement follows on from the publication of the Department of Transport’s green paper on its aviation strategy that has pledged greater capacity at UK airports, with passenger numbers set to increase by 53 per cent over the next three decades. 

This could lead to further runways at Heathrow with the document concluding that the Government’s preferred approach is an NPS to set out the criteria but not name specific airports, so leaving it to the industry to determine whether and when to bring forward applications.

Cllr Govindia added: “Now more than ever we need to be making the case that the expansion of Heathrow Airport is not acceptable to the people of Wandsworth – and this council will continue to fight for our residents and make that point to the Government.”

• To take part in the consultation visit: https://feedback.heathrowconsultation.com/

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Recent comments

I care greatly about the atmosphere and ambience of the southfields area, and am deeply worried that the prospect of up to 47 flights per hour, above 65dB - between 1600 and 3000ft ( the A3 envelope ). This is unacceptable.
craig nicol

4 March 2019

Airbus have announced they are to cease manufacturing the A380 wide body jet. They gave the reason as lack of orders, as the concept of very large planes serving hub airports is no longer valid. Unsurprisingly passengers prefer to use local airports. The hub airport was the raisin d'etre for Heathrow expansion and the decision needs to be reviewed
edward mcmahon

26 February 2019

Airbus have announced they are to cease manufacturing the A380 wide body jet. They gave the reason as lack of orders, as the concept of very large planes serving hub airports is no longer valid. Unsurprisingly passengers prefer to use local airports. The hub airport was the raisin d'etre for Heathrow expansion and the decision needs to be reviewed
edward mcmahon

26 February 2019

So instead of half a days respite from arrivals when on Westerly operations (70% of time), we are only get to get a third of day passing over Putney at about 3000ft. On top of that we are going to get departures from the middle runway when on Easterly operations (30% of time) passing over Putney 2000-9000ft. Also, the same number of early morning arrivals before 6am will happen but they will just try and land them all between 0530am and 0600 which will have a knock on impact on everything else. We just can't stand any more noise. This is unacceptable.
Jason

1 February 2019

I am in favour of the expansion of Heathrow.
Mervyn Saunders

11 January 2019

You can have your say online at https://feedback.heathrowconsultation.com/
Wandsworth Council

9 January 2019

Where should we write if we can't make the consultation?
Maryvonne Lumley

9 January 2019

Of course the airlines & airport could always fund our soundproofing and double glazing to cut out noise - don't know how they'll address the pollution though.
Elizabeth Denton

9 January 2019

As well as the 3rd runway I am opposed to the proposed increase of daily flights being considered - which are no doubt a way they are hoping will force the building of the 3rd runway. I am frequently woken up before 5 in the morning by flights overhead - even though I thought 6.30 am was the official time for flights to start.
Elizabeth Denton

9 January 2019