Airport offers soundproofing
Heathrow expands noise funding
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.