Scores of local residents have been airing their views on the prospect of Heathrow Airport’s expansion ahead of a meeting next week.
Last week, the council announced a meeting on Tuesday, November 4, to discuss the impact of an expanded Heathrow on West London, ranging from noise pollution to the economy. Since then, residents have inundated the council with their feelings – and the debate has really taken off.
Comments have ranged from: “Living in Fulham, I am routinely woken by incoming flights to Heathrow and infuriated by noise pollution during the day,” from Miriam R to: “Build another runway at Heathrow now – China has built eight whole airports in a year,” from Justin Murphy.
A recent decision by airport bosses to abandon flight path trials following complaints about high noise levels has been welcomed by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, which is against proposals to add a third runway.
Now councillors are asking residents to share their opinions on the future of Heathrow at the meeting. All are welcome to attend the Community Safety, Environment and Residents Services Policy and Accountability Committee, which will meet at 7pm in the Courtyard Room on the ground floor of Hammersmith Town Hall.
Committee chair Cllr Larry Culhane said: "We know Heathrow generates strong feelings in our borough and we are encouraging residents to come and share their views. The unwelcome impacts of the flight path trials shows just how badly H&F residents would be affected by the expansion.
"We are determined that residents can play an important role in deciding how we take forward our campaign."
Heathrow Airport announced at the start of October that it will end its current airspace trials on November 12, instead of its original scheduled end date of January 26, 2015. A new round of trials which were due to start on October 20 has been postponed until autumn 2015.