‘Third run­way noise im­pact is still un­known’

Vil­lagers un­sure of pre­ferred op­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CON­CERNS have been raised over air­craft noise in a vil­lage if a third run­way is built at Heathrow Air­port.

Peo­ple liv­ing in Iver have been fac­ing the prospect of their vil­lage be­ing af­fected if the planned run­way goes ahead at the air­port.

Last year, it was sug­gested build­ing the run­way to the north of the site, a plan which could have in­volved mov­ing part of the M25 to run closer to the vil­lage.

How­ever, ear­lier this year it was an­nounced that, fol­low­ing a lengthy re­search process car­ried out by Heathrow Air­port Ltd, the pre­ferred site for the run­way would be to the south.

This means that there will be no need for any of the M25 to be moved closer to Iver, news which has been greeted with re­lief in the vil­lage.

But there is now con­cern that the new run­way will lead to added noise in the area, if more planes over­head.

Chair­man of Iver Parish Coun­cil, Wendy Matthews, said: “It’s good news that the mo­tor­way will not have to be moved, be­cause that would have changed this area for­ever and could have been dis­as­trous for Iver.

She added: “There is still a lot of con­cern about the new run­way here though be­cause we haven’t been told any­thing about the noise im­pact it will


fly­ing have for peo­ple liv­ing here. We could be hav­ing lots more planes fly­ing over the vil­lage, which will cause more noise, but we don’t know at the mo­ment what will hap­pen.”

A Heathrow spokesman says that an ex­tra run­way is es­sen­tial for the UK and that it is im­por­tant it is al­lowed to ex­pand in or­der for the UK to con­tinue to have one of the world’s lead­ing air­ports, and to re­main com­pet­i­tive.

CON­CERN: A com­puter gen­er­ated im­age of how the pro­posed third run­way at Heathrow would look

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