THE THIRD RUNWAY
urged to come clean on third runway flightpath
opposed to further expansion at Heathrow have urged ministers
and BAA to come clean on which new areas of London would fall
under the flightpath for the proposed third runway.
at a special campaign briefing held by Wandsworth Council
on October 3 warned that many communities were unaware that
they could be hit by a huge increase in aircraft noise throughout
the day and in the early morning.
under the current flight path over Battersea, Putney and Richmond
could also get bigger, noisier aircraft overhead as smaller
planes switched to the shorter third runway.
heard that future expansion plans could include a full-length
third runway, a sixth terminal and more night flights as airlines
rushed to take up the new early morning slots.
council chief executive Gerald Jones urged councils to join
together to fund air pollution studies. It was estimated that
up to 35,000 people living around Heathrow would suffer nitrogen
dioxide pollution in excess of European limits if the runway
also criticised the outdated system used by the industry for
measuring noise disturbance to residents. This takes indaequate
account of the non-stop pattern of flights throughout the
day and understated the impact on people living outside the
immediate area around the airport.
He called for the Government's cost benefit calculations to
be properly tested. The risk of a major accident would have
to be assessed. Based on the Twin Towers experience the costs
could be as high as £90 billion. He also called for
more research into the effect of noise nuisance on house prices.
urged all councils to become members of SASIG - the strategic
aviation special interest group which currently advises around
90 local authorities on aviation issues.
said that the sheer weight of technical information accompanying
the consultation document meant it was essential councils
were able to call on expert advice in preparing their responses.
Bailey from SASIG said his analysis had concluded that the
only way to address the demand for increased capacity was
to plan over a 40 year period. Instead of short term measures
like extra runways ministers should grasp the nettle and build
a new 24 hour airport in a location where the environmental
impact could be less severe.
echoed safety concerns over the increased volume of flights
over London - with a third runway these would rise to more
than 655,000 a year compared with the 480,000 set when Terminal
5 was approved.
council leader Edward Lister who chaired the conference said
campaigners believed they had a real chance of persuading
the Government to think again:
strength of our campaign is that it is backed by so many different
groups. Once people realise the full scale of the safety and
environmental issues they will present an incredibly powerful
lobby which no Government would dare ignore."
chairman John Stewart said he too was confident of success:
new runway could mean a complete redrawing of flightpaths
over London. This will draw in communities who today are relatively
unscathed by aircraft noise."
night's event was organised by Wandsworth council in association
with HACAN ClearSkies. It was attended by MPs, MEPs and GLA
members representing a broad swathe of south and west London.
Councils present included Hounslow, Hillingdon, Richmond,
Sutton, Ealing, Lambeth, Kensington and Chelsea, Southwark,
Wandsworth and Windsor.
amenity societies attending included those from Battersea,
Wandsworth, Putney, Westminster, Ealing, Brixton, Dulwich,
Fulham, Richmond and Harlington. HACAN members included representatives
from Richmond, Chiswick, Fulham, Hounslow, Wandsworth, Hammersmith,
Lambeth , Southwark and Lewisham.
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