Heathrow Airport Community Meeting

HACAN – Cross Party Rally says NO to a THIRD RUNWAY

Simply No.

That was the message of a cross-party rally staged by the campaign group HACAN in central London on March 3rd.

Politicians from across the political spectrum lined up with environmental chiefs, local authority leaders, businessmen and trade union leaders to pledge opposition to a third runway at Heathrow.

Hundreds of people from London and the South East, including many whose homes are threatened by a new runway, filled the hall.

Twickenham MP Vince Cable made it clear that Liberal Democrat policy remained one of total opposition to a third runway. He said there was no sound economic reason why Heathrow needed to expand.

John McDonnell, the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, thousands of whose constituents are facing the loss of their homes, predicted that any decision to go-ahead with a new runway would result in the biggest direct action environmental protest in Europe.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith spelt out the impact of another 250,000 planes a year on local communities.

HACAN chair John Stewart said: “The rally sent a loud and clear message to the next Government: build a new runway at your peril. The coalition which saw it off last time round is still alive, well and fighting.”

The Airports Commission which is looking into the case for a third runway at Heathrow or a second runway at Gatwick is expected to make its recommendation towards the end of June. The next Government will need to decide whether or not to accept that recommendation.

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Heathrow Expansion – 320,000 people affected

Dear All

Below is a press release by Gatwick Airport for information purposes only:

Some 320,000 people will be newly impacted by noise if Heathrow expands. Gatwick has published a map showing the new areas that would be flown over, including the densely populated London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Richmond upon Thames.

  • People living in the area outlined in red will be most affected by noise in 2050 with a two runway Heathrow.
  • People living in the area outlined in blue will be most affected by noise in 2050 if Heathrow builds a third runway.
  • Populations living in the areas between the red and blue outlines will be newly flown over should Heathrow build a third runway.
  • The modelling has been compiled using Airports Commission data.

Version of the map with the local area broken down by parliamentary constituency.

Gatwick has also published a map today showing the new areas that would be flown over, including in the densely populated London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Richmond upon Thames.

 

In total, new areas in 16 local authority boroughs will be flown over that are not currently.  The full list of authorities is:

 

·         Bracknall Forest

·         Ealing

·         Hammersmith and Fulham

·         Hillingdon

·         Hounslow

·         Kensington and Chelsea

·         Kingston upon Thames

·         Merton

·         Richmond upon Thames

·         Runnymead

·         Slough

·         South Bucks

·         Spelthorne

·         Windsor and Maidenhead

·         Wandsworth

·         Westminster

The ‘It’s time to make yourself heard’ leaflet asks residents around Heathrow to sign up in support of Gatwick’s case for a new runway as far fewer people would be affected by noise, and it could be built in just ten years with considerably less disruption to local residents. Unlike Heathrow, Gatwick Airport has also never breached EU and UK annual air quality limits and would be able to operate within legal limits with an increase in aircraft from a second runway.


The leaflet also points out that users of the M25 would also face major disruption if Heathrow expanded as the motorway would need to be squeezed into a tunnel to build the new runway over it, with UK taxpayers likely to foot the bill.

Alastair McDermid, Airports Commission Director, Gatwick Airport, said: 

“Some 320,000 people will be newly impacted by noise if Heathrow expands. In contrast, if it was to remain as a two-runway airport Heathrow’s noise footprint would actually reduce because of new quieter aircraft.

“As we reach a crucial phase of the Airports Commission process, we would encourage all interested residents to have their say and respond to the national public consultation into airport expansion.  People can also sign up to support Gatwick’s case to build a new runway.”

Those wishing to respond to the Airports Commission’s consultation or sign up to support Gatwick, can do so by visiting www.gatwickobviously.com

The Airports Commission’s consultation closes on 3 February.

Notes

In comparison to the 320,000 people newly over flown with a third runway at Heathrow, 18,000 people would be additionally affected by noise if Gatwick built a new runway. 

Labour’s Candidate for The Charville Ward By-Election

Hayes and Harlington Labour Party have selected John Oswell to fight the Council by-election in Charville ward, which will be held on Thursday 27th November 2014.

John is an experienced former councillor who represented Pinkwell ward for many years. He stood down in 2010 and after a short break from public office John returned to the political scene as a Labour candidate for Yiewsley ward in May this year.

Labour Party members in Charville Ward met on Wednesday 29th October 2014 and selected John Oswell from a stong list of possible candidates.

After the selection meeting, the Leader of the Labour group, Cllr Mo Khursheed, Said “It is great to see John Oswell selected as our candidate for this by-election.  He is extremely hard working and would make an excellent community councillor for Charville Ward.  I look forward to campaigning with John and hopefully welcome him back to the Council on the 28th November.”

Cllr Khursheed went to to pay tribute to the other potential candidates who put themselves forward for selection and said “We had a list of very strong and capable candidates and the members at the selection meeting had a very difficult decision to make.  I would therefore like to thank all of those who put themselves forward for selection.”