New group, CHATR (Chiswick Against the Third Runway) formed to oppose Heathrow expansion
The first meeting of a new group in Chiswick, opposing Heathrow expansion, took place on 25th September. The group is CHATR (Chiswick Against the Third Runway), and it covers areas in North and Central Chiswick that would be badly over-flown by arrivals to a new north west runway. Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford & Isleworth, who has campaigned against expansion at Heathrow for 12 years, spoke at the meeting. John Stewart, HACAN’s Chairman said the meeting was ‘timely indeed’ as the deadline for a Government decision on the runway rapidly approaches. Last time round, back in 2009, there was active opposition to a new runway from the Chiswick area, and there is again determination to see it does not happen. The area will not only suffer the plane noise, but also considerably increased pollution and noise, from the increase in road traffic that will inevitably be the consequence of the runway. People were encouraged to attend the anti-runway rally, as CHATR representing Chiswick, in Parliament Square on 10th October (11 am to 12.30pm). It is suggested they come with a placard clearly showing their postcode and stating they are against the third runway. More information or to join CHATR@mail.com
Chiswick Against The Third Runway Inaugral Meeting A Great Success
By Paul Williams (Chiswick Herald)
Monday Sep 28th 2015
It was standing room only at Chiswick Against the Third Runway( CHATR’s) inaugural meeting for local residents on Friday evening, 25 September 2015. John Stewart, HACAN’s Chairman, addressed the meeting, calling it ‘timely indeed’ as the deadline for a Government decision on the runway rapidly approaches & ‘Chiswick does seem to be starting to make a noise’.
A third runway will make Heathrow the biggest emitter of CO2 in the country. The lives of people in the surrounding communities, already suffering, will bear the brunt of the considerably increased pollution and noise, not only from aircraft but also the increase in road traffic that will inevitably be the consequence of the proposed third runway.
HACAN’s John Stewart with Ruth Cadbury MP (centre) with three founding members of CHATR
The audience was treated to a guest appearance by Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford & Isleworth who has campaigned against expansion at Heathrow for 12 years. Ruth pointed out that the frequency of landings is as much of an annoyance as the amount of noise and that studies show that children in schools under flight paths suffer cognitive learning impairment.
Heathrow leads Europe in the number of people affected by noise with well over a million people in London alone.
Noise from the new proposed flight paths directly overhead would be the biggest problem for residents of North and Central Chiswick, followed by air pollution caused by significantly increased road traffic and community disruption. There are pockets around Heathrow that already exceed EU pollution limits.
The ministerial group assessing the Davies Commission Report does not include any cabinet members from areas that would be affected or potentially affected by the third runway and David Cameron will also have to face down significant political opposition even within his own party.
You can support the cause and protest at Parliament Square at 10.30am on Saturday 10 October 2015 (http://hacan.org.uk/category/events/).
Please turn up with a placard prominently displaying your postcode declaring you are against the third runway. CHATR is in the process of organising placards and a group from Chiswick to go to the rally. Please check here for more details.
The organisers would like to thank everyone who attended, supported and assisted at the meeting and for kind offers of help.
CHATR – Chiswick Against the Third Runway would like to hear from other interested groups and residents in Chiswick and surrounding areas to join the campaign against a third runway at Heathrow.
Please email them at CHATR@mail.com