Areas like Chiswick: Residents affected ‘will find out too late’ about new Heathrow noise only after final consent
The current Heathrow consultation on its plans for a 3rd runway does not give details of flight paths. Conveniently (for Heathrow) the information on those will only come after about 2023, well after (Heathrow hopes) it will have got planning consent for its scheme. Wickedly, that means people do not know now, and will not for several years, whether they are due to have a narrow, concentrated route above them, or nearby. That will only become obvious too late for them to do anything about it. It could mean a noisy plane, below – say – 4,000 feet – over head many times per minute. Hour after hour – most of the day. Day after day – most days. Local group Chiswick Against The Third Runway (CHATR) has said it is “unacceptable” that the details of the proposed new flight paths are not part of the Heathrow consultation. “The scale of environmental degradation and destruction is monumental.” The absence of flight path information – which for many people is THE most important aspect of the expansion – is “clearly unacceptable. We believe this is fundamentally dishonest, since the hundreds of thousands of people affected will not discover until after planning consent”.
Areas like Chiswick: Residents affected ‘will find out too late’ only after final consent
22.6.2019 (CHATR – Chiswick Against the Third Runway)
CHATR Slams Heathrow’s Lack Of Information On Proposed New Flight Paths
Chiswick Against The Third Runway (CHATR) has said it is “unacceptable” that the details of the proposed new flight paths are not part of the Heathrow Airport consultation document published this week.
Heathrow has launched a three month consultation into its plans for a controversial third runway which it hopes to open in 2026. The consultation includes proposals to build the new runway over the M25 as well plans to re-route local rivers, replace utilities and bring in changes to the road network.
CHATR say in their statement: “The documents published this week by Heathrow describe a huge project to deliver an enormous undertaking, equivalent to building a new airport the size of Gatwick alongside today’s Heathrow Airport. The scale of environmental degradation and destruction is monumental.
“Amidst all the detail, however, you will not discover the location of the proposed new flight paths. It seems these will be decided after any final go ahead from the Secretary of State. This is clearly unacceptable. We believe this is fundamentally dishonest, since the hundreds of thousands of people affected will not discover until after planning consent – by which time it will be too late. ”
“Heathrow, in conjunction with the air traffic controllers, is still working the flight paths up following an airspace consultation earlier this year. A further consultation on flight paths is expected in 2021 when the detailed routes will be revealed.
“CHATR urges all those opposed to the Third Runway – and the additional 25,000 flights which Heathrow are hoping to introduce in just three years – to keep up the pressure and momentum. Write to your MP, write to the next Prime Minister and respond to the Heathrow Consultation.
We have asked Heathrow Airport for comment and will report back when we get it.
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