Far-reach­ing ef­fects of Heathrow growth

More flights and ‘hub’ would im­pact on com­mu­nity

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

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.

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