Growing sick of Heathrow plans
AS A member of the Heathrow Villages community, I must inform your readers that Rob Gray and his Back Heathrow one-man band do not speak for us and has no right to pretend he has our community’s support.
Rob Gray is a paid PR lobbyist protecting the foreign owners of Heathrow Airport. Back Heathrow does not have support in our villages and the erroneous 40,000 supporters he mentions are just people like myself who filled in their biased survey by email.
I understand that Rob Gray is still sulking after Heathrow Villages community leaders stopped his ridiculously insensitive Minet Fun Day.
It wasn’t Hillingdon Council, it was us. To organise an event in a school to celebrate the destruction of schools and homes shows how out of touch Rob Gray is. If Harmondsworth Primary School is bulldozed, there will be no fun days ever again at that school for those innocent children.
Rob Gray must stop trying to bully us with threats of Heathrow closure. Heathrow is going nowhere. The Chinese and Qatari governments that own big shares in Heathrow will not allow its closure.
Heathrow and the airlines are slashing jobs and wages as a result of automation and cost-cutting, so the decline in jobs is down to Heathrow’s greed and nothing else.
Heathrow is only bursting at the seams because of its own mismanagement of this monopoly asset. Flights are on average only 82 per cent full and each average passengers per plane figure is 205. With larger planes holding 300 or more passengers and each aircraft being full, Heathrow is only operating at below 50 per cent capacity.
If Heathrow can’t manage to look after two runways and five terminals sufficiently, it does not deserve to destroy our community in its corporate land grab.
Rob Gray is correct in one aspect; Heathrow isn’t perfect. Noise stress is knocking seven years off our lives, and lung problems in our community are much worse than the national average.
Grow or decline? We are growing sick of having Heathrow as a nuisance neighbour threatening us with eviction.
I compare how our borough is improving to the state of other areas I visit, and am glad to live in Hillingdon borough.
It wasn’t always like this – I’m a lifelong resident in the borough and I can remember some years ago feeling embarrassed when family from out of the area visited because the whole area looked run down, with weeds at knee height on the pavements and outside Ickenham Library.
So praise where it’s due and a big thank you from me to those responsible for all these improvements. (And before anyone asks, no, I don’t work for the council!)