AIRPORTS COMMISSION PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON HEATHROW EXPANSION
In addition to Margaret’s earlier posting flagging up the above I feel it it is important that Grid residents are reminded of this and other major consultation deadlines that are looming regarding issues that may impact upon Grid Residents. There is also the Plough Lane/Stadium development and Wandsworth Town Traffic.
In a recent letterbox flyer, our MP, Justine Greening, reminded us that the Airports Commission Public Consultation on the Heathrow Expansion runs until Tuesday 3rd February 2015.
There is still time to make your views known on the three basic options:
1. Expanding the airport capacity in the Southeast
2. Expansion at Heathrow including an extra runway
3. An option to expand Gatwick Airport.
Whatever the final decision, it will result in more noise and traffic for those people living in all the airport’s vicinities. As a Grid resident for some time, I still recall Concorde flying over as it prepared to land at Heathrow. It was an incredible aircraft, wonderful to watch, but the noise it generated when flying over the Grid was horrendous – usually on a Friday evening around 9pm. My sympathies are with those living near airports wherever they are.
If the Heathrow expansion option is adopted there may well be a significant increase in the number of flights over the Grid and over London in general as aircraft circle and queue for a landing slot resulting in greater noise pollution and I assume if it the practice is still allowed, fuel dumping over the Capital.
My personal view and preference is, as is Ms Greening’s, for the Gatwick expansion option. It is extremely easy and fast to get to Gatwick by train – just one stop from Earlsfield Station to Clapham Junction, change platforms easily via the lifts to catch one of the many trains an hour to Gatwick and alight approximately 35 minutes later in the heart of the airport itself. Quicker and easier than to Heathrow with its many terminals. Ms Greening’s flyer says that the Gatwick option is also much cheaper, involves less disruption to the road network and, in terms of aircraft noise, affects a significantly smaller percentage of people.
The first consultation question is about what views people have on the three options. To respond you can email your concerns directly to the Airports Commission at:
You can also find details of the consultation on the website at:
or telephone them direct on
0800 023 8128.
Copies of the consultation are also available at local Wandsworth Libraries
An ‘Off the Grid’ posting