‘Third runway noise impact is still unknown’
Villagers unsure of preferred option
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