Air­port of­fers sound­proof­ing

Heathrow ex­pands noise fund­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

HEATHROW has promised to quadru­ple the num­ber of homes el­i­gi­ble for noise in­su­la­tion if it gets a third run­way, as it triples the amount of com­pen­sa­tion avail­able.

But anti-ex­pan­sion cam­paign­ers called on the air­port to make clear what long-suf­fer­ing res­i­dents would be of­fered should it miss out on a new land­ing strip.

Heathrow pro­posed, in May, to ex­pand its noise in­su­la­tion scheme by in­creas­ing the com­pen­sa­tion pot for homes, schools and other build­ings un­der its flight paths, from £30 mil­lion to £250m with a new run­way.

Last week it an­nounced that, af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents, it was rais­ing the sum to £700m and ex­tend­ing the of­fer to 160,000 homes, in­clud­ing prop­er­ties as far away as Wind­sor and Rich­mond.

Heathrow pays for sound­proof­ing, in­clud­ing dou­ble glaz­ing and loft

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries in­su­la­tion, in 40,000 homes.

Un­der the new scheme, sound­proof­ing would be avail­able to all house­holds within the 55 deci­bel noise con­tour, with the worst af­fected get­ting the full cost paid and oth­ers up to £3,000 for work.

Com­pen­sa­tion would be of­fered to those al­ready af­fected by noise, as well as those experiencing it for the first time.

Heathrow chief ex­ec­u­tive John Hol­land-Kaye said: “We de­signed the new ap­proach to ex­pand­ing Heathrow to min­imise noise to res­i­dents but we need to mit­i­gate the im­pact on those still af­fected.”

Un­der the new scheme, more than 35,000 homes in Houn­slow alone, in­clud­ing He­ston and Cran­ford, would be el­i­gi­ble for com­pen­sa­tion.

The new of­fer was in­cluded in Heathrow’s lat­est sub­mis­sion to the Air­ports Com­mis­sion, which is due to make rec­om­men­da­tions this sum­mer about whether Heathrow, Gatwick or both should get an ex­tra

around run­way. The Heathrow anti-ex­pan­sion cam­paign group HA­CAN wel­comed the new pack­age, which it said would bring the air­port in line with its main Euro­pean com­peti­tors, like Schiphol, Madrid, Charles de Gaulle and Frank­furt air­ports.

But it called on Heathrow to of­fer a more gen­er­ous com­pen­sa­tion pack­age even if a third run­way is ruled out – some­thing the air­port has yet to do.

HA­CAN chair­man John Ste­wart said: “There is no doubt that this is much more gen­er­ous than any­thing we have seen be­fore and it brings Heathrow into line with other ma­jor Euro­pean air­ports. It shows how ea­ger the air­port is to get a new run­way. It also sug­gests that res­i­dents have been short-changed in the past.”

In re­sponse to the news, Gatwick CEO Ste­wart Win­gate called on Heathrow to fol­low its lead and of­fer to pay the coun­cil tax of peo­ple most af­fected by noise. A GRAND­MOTHER who was not ex­pected to sur­vive her birth has just cel­e­brated her 80th birth­day.

Jill Dif­fey, from Ick­en­ham, cel­e­brated her land­mark birth­day with friends and fam­ily at a party on Satur­day, Jan­uary 31.

When she and her twin brother were born in Ham­mer­smith in 1935, there was lit­tle hope of them sur­viv­ing as they each weighed just three-and-a-half pounds. How­ever, the pair proved medics wrong and when their grate­ful par­ents asked nurses to name their chil­dren, they were called Jack and Jill Morath.

Jill would go on to en­joy a love of stage, singing and danc­ing which car­ries on to­day.

From the age of five, she started at­tend­ing The Lu­can School of Danc­ing in Har­ling­ton, and also at­tended classes in Hayes.

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