Councils help residents understand true impact of airport expansion

Release Date: 20/02/2017

Councils and community groups from across the south east are working together to expose the true impact of expanding Heathrow Airport amid claims the Government’s on-going consultation is designed to mislead millions of people.

Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils are highlighting the serious health, noise, traffic and pollution impacts of the third runway plan, which are conspicuously absent from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) publicity effort.

To ensure residents have a more balanced picture, the councils are sending out information to residents across their boroughs over the next few weeks. In addition, feedback cards direct to the DfT and question cards have been included – to make the consultation more accessible for everyone to participate.

Among the key issues they expose are:

  • Increase in noise: 50% increase in flights and new flight paths over quiet parts of the South East
  • 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: Rerouting of the A4 and local road network, M25 in a tunnel and increased rail, 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 and 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

Earlier this month the DfT sent details of the Heathrow expansion scheme to millions of people listing its potential benefits but failing to explain any negative impacts like increased air pollution or aircraft noise.

Details of the new flight paths serving the new Heathrow runway are not included anywhere in the consultation so millions of people simply cannot tell if they are under a new take-off or arrival route.

Complaints have been also been made that the DfT’s consultation roadshow is designed to garner support for expansion rather than present a balanced picture and invite feedback.

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“There are so many flaws in this consultation. Ranging from huge patches of missing information to inviting people to attend consultation events without providing times or venues. It really beggars belief.

“However, we have tried to help residents navigate their way through this consultation by providing them with as much of the missing information that we have. These are all facts. Facts that have been omitted or hidden as they don’t give the ‘rosy’ expansion picture that the Government desire.

“So, I say to residents of West London, this is the only time you will be asked about the future of Heathrow. Make it count. Go online, attend your local events or use your feedback card we have sent you to make sure your voice is heard.”

For more information about Richmond Council’s campaign, go to: www.richmond.gov.uk/heathrow.

To make your voices heard:

Email: RunwayConsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

Write to: Freepost RUNWAY CONSULTATION

Respond online: www.gov.uk/dft/heathrow-airport-expansion.

Attend a consultation event

Date and time Location Address
Monday 20 February 2017
11am to 8pm
Staines-upon-Thames The Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines TW18 3HD
Thursday 23 February 2017
11am to 8pm
Twickenham York House, Richmond Road Twickenham TW1 3AA
Friday 24 February 2017
11am to 8pm
Putney Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, London SW15 1BL
Monday 27 February 2017
11am to 8pm
Hounslow Hounslow Civic Centre, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN
Tuesday 28 February 2017
11am to 8pm
Stanwell Moor Stanwell Moor Village Hall, Stanwell Moor, Staines TW19 6AQ
Wednesday 1 March 2017
11am to 8pm
Kensington Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 7NX
Friday 3 March 2017
11am to 8pm
Windsor Windsor Youth and Community Centre, 65 Alma Road, Windsor SL4 3HD
Saturday 4 March 2017
10am to 5pm
West Drayton Yiewsley and West Drayton Community Centre, Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton UB7 9JL
Monday 6 March 2017
11am to 8pm
Hammersmith Assembly Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9JU
Tuesday 7 March 2017
11am to 8pm
Maidenhead Sportsable, Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
Friday 10 March 2017
11am to 8pm
Richmond RACC, Parkshot, London TW9 2RE
Saturday 11 March 2017
10am to 5pm
Gerrards Cross Colston Hall, 8 East Common, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AD
Monday 13 March 2017
11am to 8pm
Slough The Curve, William Street, Slough SL1 1XY
Wednesday 15 March 2017
11am to 8pm
Isleworth Isleworth Public Hall, South Street, Isleworth TW7 7BG

Updated: 20 February 2017