Airport Watch has advised that there will be new flight path directly over Chiswick and Bedford Park with many feeder routes as planes turn onto the new glide path to approach the proposed new runway. Planes will be at an estimated 2,000 feet only with a noise of 70-90 decibels, which is significantly above any levels currently experienced and there will only be very limited respite periods.
Officially produced noise maps show that Bedford Park will have significantly increased and highly disruptive aircraft noise if the new flight paths are organised, as expected, to minimise the total number of people affected.
The Society encouraged anyone opposed to the Third Runway to lodge their objections during the Department for Transport consultation on the Third Runway at Heathrow, which closed on 25 May 2017. We also provided guide notes to help members draft their responses.
The Government then extended the consultation period on the proposed Third Runway until 19 December. This followed the publication of new information reinforcing the negative environmental impact on west London, particularly on air pollution levels, and revised figures putting Gatwick ahead in terms of the economic benefits.
The Society submitted a formal response and encouraged everyone to submit an individual objection, as the volume of objections lodged is critical.
Campaign group HACAN produced a very useful list of key points which covered the main objections to the proposals.
The Society’s response is available here.
The Society continues to monitor developments and to support CHATR (Campaign Against the Third Runway) who have made an impact in raising awareness about the negative impact on our area.
The full proposal produced by the Government can be seen online.
More detailed facts and figures are also available on the Airport Watch website.