Far-reaching effects of Heathrow growth
More flights and ‘hub’ would impact on community
VILLAGERS have spelled out how an expansion of Heathrow Airport could affect them.
The Airports Commission has received representations from individuals and organisations giving views on the future growth of the airport, to gauge strength of feeling on the issue.
Depending on where a potential third runway is built, South Bucks could face an increased number of daily flights, and Iver could face the M25 motorway being moved closer to the village to accommodate a new runway.
The alternative possibility of expanding Gatwick Airport could also affect Iver.
Proposals for the expansion of either airport include the possibility of a ‘ hub’ – a station or distribution centre – being built on green belt land between Richings Park and Iver village centre, with access from nearby roads.
Iver Parish council chairman Wendy Matthews said: “It could change Iver massively. Traffic generated by the hub, which would include a lot of HGVs, would be using narrow roads to get there, which would cause disruption, and there is no information about how this would work. There is also a big issue with increased noise, which would affect a lot of South Bucks.”
She added, other issues include air pollution and the cost of having to replace infrastructure.
The Airports Commission will make recommendations in the summer as to how the expansion should proceed and what changes, if any, should be made before further progress is made.