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Government consultation - now closed

On 2 February, the government published, for public consultation, its support for the option for a north-west runway at Heathrow and sent a short leaflet to 1.5 million homes around the airport listing estimated economic benefits and total sums available for damage mitigation but providing no real facts to enable residents to consider how this development would affect either their lives or the local environment.

The council, with its partners, has published its own information on the consultation for residents, which outlines the detrimental environmental impacts that the government's publicity leaflet failed to include.

The council's information highlights how the consultation is misleading, rushed and doesn't provide sufficient information to allow consultees to make a proper informed response on issues, such as increasing aircraft noise levels, illegal pollution levels, health impacts, costs to the taxpayer, traffic increases or the loss of noise respite periods.

The government also hasn't told people the location of the airport's new flight paths, so people cannot tell if their home, schools or communities will be beneath a new landing or take-off route or how many times a day flights will occur.

Government-organised consultation events for residents to try to understand the proposals and what they might mean were also poorly publicised, with the first at Uxbridge Community Centre held only 12 days after the consultation was published and in the half-term holiday.

Heathrow expansion leaflet The second, will be held on 4 March at Yiewsley and West Drayton Community Centre, with no events held in Heathrow Villages, which is where houses will be demolished.

The council is now encouraging residents to respond to the consultation and make sure the government understands how flawed it is and the devastation this option will bring.

What millions of people want to know is whether the new flight paths will go over their homes, schools or communities.

The flight paths should have been provided as essential information in this Government's Heathrow expansion consultation. This map is based on work carried out on behalf of the Airports Commission and shows indicative flight paths to and from the airport with a new north west runway at Heathrow.

The shaded area indicates the 3km wide flight corridors that planes could fly within. These are indicative routes as the Government has not demanded that a firm proposal is included in the Heathrow expansion consultation.

Heathrow expansion map

The shaded area indicates the 3km wide flight corridors that planes could fly within. These are indicative easterly operations routes as the Government has not demanded that a firm proposal is included in the Heathrow expansion consultation.

The consultation has now closed, view our response »

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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