The latest Heathrow public consultation includes proposals, which will cause major disturbance to all Chiswick residents even if the Third Runway does not go ahead.
Under new “Design Envelopes” there are details of two options that would result in 29 flights directly over Bedford Park between 6.00 and 7.00am – one plane every 2.4 minutes – at very high decibel levels, likely to wake people up. In addition, up to 40 overhead flights per day are proposed before implementation of the new runway.
If the Third Runway is built, we would be even more significantly affected by incoming low-flying aircraft (at 2,000 – 3,000ft), 29 flights per hour (one every 2 minutes) and with 86% of the flights above the key 65-decibel level. There will be 17 departing flights per hour (one every 3.5 minutes) with 65% above 65 decibels.
Responding to the consultation
We are currently working through the complicated, detailed information and drafting a response from the Society. We will share this with you when it is finalised, and, over the next week or so, will aim to publish some suggested points to make in your response. It is important that as many residents as possible submit their views, so please alert friends and neighbours. The deadline for responses is 4 March.
To find out more
The consultation is about how the runways and airspace will be managed if the Third Runway is approved and full details are available online.
The nearest consultation event was in Hammersmith Town Hall on 24 January 2.00-8.00pm. There are others planned in Ealing (Friday 1 February, 2.00-8.00pm, Ealing Town Hall), central London and elsewhere, but not in Chiswick.
CHATR (Campaign Against the Third Runway) have asked Ruth Cadbury MP to press the Department for Transport and Heathrow for a public consultation event in Chiswick. The Coalition Against a Third Runway and CHATR are also trying to organise a public event in Chiswick.
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 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.