Residents across many areas negatively affected by Heathrow protest against 700 MORE planes per day
A number of areas already badly affected by Heathrow plane noise held photo shoots early today, to provide a graphic visual reminder of just how much worse the noise problem would be, if a Heathrow 3rd runway was built. Links to photos of some of the actions below. It is likely that a 3rd runway would enable about 50% more flights per year. That translates to around 700 more planes, every day (350 more landings, 350 more take offs) with the runway. Though not all would go over the same areas, it means more planes and more noise for those under existing flight paths, and new intense noise pollution to many areas (details are not yet known) not currently overflown. The groups in areas already overflown, especially in areas near Heathrow, used 700 red cardboard planes, at their different locations – getting their message across “loud and clear” just one day after the DfT announced its second phase of consultation on the Airports NPS (National Policy Statement), which aims to press through the Heathrow 3rd runway. This consultation deals with air pollution, noise and passenger forecast data – none of which was properly available during the earlier NPS consultation that closed in May. The need for the 2nd consultation demonstrates just how weak the case for the Heathrow runway is, and the enormity of the hurdles it faces, including those on environmental issues.
Some of the photos of some of the protest:
Campaign group, SHE, (Stop Heathrow Expansion) held a mock tea party, right under the Heathrow arrival flight path, to demonstrate the awfulness of the noise.
Protest in Teddington against the runway and the 700 more planes per day, by TAG (Teddington Action Group)
Protest in Surrey Heath against the runway and the 700 more planes per day, by Aircraft Noise 3 Villages
Protest in Kennington Park against the runway and the 700 more planes per day, by HACAN south east
Protest in Englefield Green against the runway and the 700 more planes per day, by EGAG (Englefield Green Action Group)
Protest in Ealing against the runway and the 700 more planes per day, by EANAG (Ealing Aircraft Noise Action Group)
A protest against a 3rd Heathrow runway at Heathrow Airport marks the first anniversary since the government’s preferred option for expansion was announced.
Campaigners joined MPs across London and Surrey in a show of solidarity against a 3rd runway.
Campaign groups “planted” 700 model red planes to highlight the extra number of planes that will use Heathrow daily if the third runway is given the green light.
Protest events were held across London and Surrey, in Ealing, Osterley, Hammersmith, Teddington, Harmondsworth, Sipson, Kennington, Lightwater and Englefield Green.
Last year on October 25, Theresa May announced that Heathrow was the government’s preferred option for expansion in the south east.
John Stewart, chair of HACAN (Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) which gives a voice to residents under the Heathrow flight paths, said: “We have a simple message: 700 extra planes a day can only mean a lot more noise for a lot more people.
700 more planes will operate from Heathrow Airport daily if third runway plans go ahead
“In total over 2,000 planes will be using Heathrow every day flying over some of the most densely-populated areas in Europe.”
Meanwhile, MP for Brentford and Isleworth Ruth Cadbury has secured an adjournment debate in Parliament, also on Wednesday.