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RBWM Press Release
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« on: February 05, 2014, 04:37:46 PM »

The Royal Borough is urging residents to air their views on the expansion of Heathrow Airport at a public exhibition being held in Windsor.

Heathrow Airport is inviting residents to the Macdonald Windsor Hotel on Saturday 1 March from 9.30am to 4.30pm where they can view plans for a third runway and voice any concerns about the proposals.

Thousands of homes and businesses in the Heathrow area and beyond, including those in the Royal Borough are also being sent hard copies of a consultation document – produced by Heathrow Airport – which can also be found at www.heathrow.com/localcommunity Residents can also request a copy by emailing Cheryl_monk@heathrow.com or calling 0800 344844.
 
The council is standing firm for residents against any expansion of Heathrow as well as calling for an outright ban on night flights from the airport and a statutory noise mitigation package for communities affected by excess aircraft noise.

Cllr John Lenton, chairman of the aviation forum, said: “While we are not satisfied with the fact that there is only one public exhibition for the Royal Borough and at a location and time when parking is difficult, we do encourage everyone concerned to take advantage of this opportunity to have their say on this very important issue.

“We have pressed Heathrow to hold more exhibitions in the borough but unfortunately we have been told that the Airports Commission has not allowed a sufficient period for further consultation. With that in mind we also encourage residents to look out for the consultation document coming through their door or obtain it direct from Heathrow as detailed above.

“It is important that residents take these opportunities to raise their concerns as the council continues to do so at central government level on their behalf.”

The Heathrow Airport consultation ends on Sunday 16 March.  
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014, 09:27:59 AM »

One is inclined to ask how often we have to keep responding to this plan. Collectively, the region has voted against this on innumerable occasions for many years.  I recall the T5 enquiry at LHR some years back which I took a small part in. There were just two organsations for it; BA and BAA. Arraigned against them during a three month period were over 30 organisations which spoke against it. Who won? Unfortunately I sense a case of inevitability about this ongoing expansion saga, whatever is said in 'consultation'. Personally, if they want more civilian aircraft movements in that area, why not make more use of Northolt, which already carries more civilian traffic than MOD movements. Increasing the current limit of 7000 movements per year there would be an immediate solution without the need for billions spent on modifying half of Middlesex! (and no increae in noise disturbance during Mrs Birdman's 15-hour power naps!)
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