Air­port noise com­plaints come from fur­ther afield

Peo­ple living next to air­port less likely to protest, says re­port

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

HEATHROW Air­port has re­leased statis­tics sug­gest­ing peo­ple living un­der the flight path in west Lon­don made fewer noise com­plaints than those living fur­ther afield in the first quar­ter of this year.

In Houn­slow, Hilling­don and Eal­ing 126 res­i­dents col­lec­tively recorded 352 com­plaints be­tween Jan­uary and March 2015.

Of th­ese fig­ures, 248 com­plaints came from 86 peo­ple in Houn­slow, 20 re­ports were made by 12 peo­ple in Hilling­don and 84 com­plaints came from 28 peo­ple living in Eal­ing.

Rob Gray, Back Heathrow Cam­paign co­or­di­na­tor said: “The idea that mil­lions of peo­ple are se­ri­ously af­fected by air­craft noise is the cor­ner­stone of the anti­ex­pan­sion case, but th­ese as­ton­ish­ing fig­ures show be­yond doubt that the re­al­ity is very dif­fer­ent.

“Only 762 res­i­dents across Lon­don com­plained about Heathrow noise ear­lier this year, but 100,000 res­i­dents living in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties around the UK’s hub air­port back our cam­paign for its ex­pan­sion.”

The lat­est noise num­bers showed the air­port re­ceived a to­tal of 25,389 com­plaints, made by 1,676 peo­ple, in the first three months of this year. Wind­sor and Maiden­head recorded the high­est num­ber of noise re­ports with 6,323 com­plaints made by 285 peo­ple.

How­ever, the largest num­ber of res­i­dents to make noise were from Rich­mond, with 348 peo­ple mak­ing com­plaints.

From the to­tal fig­ure, there were 784 new com­plainants (peo­ple who con­tacted Heathrow for the first time be­tween Jan­uary and March 2015) who recorded 2,095 com­plaints.

This shows that nearly half of the peo­ple who com­plained this quar­ter had not done pre­vi­ously, and were re­spon­si­ble for just over eight per cent of the to­tal num­ber of com­plaints.

John Ste­wart, chair­man of anti-ex­pan­sion pres­sure group HA­CAN, said: “The high num­ber of com­plaints still re­flect the im­pact of the re­cent tri­als, but this should not hide the fact that Heathrow noise con­tin­ues to disturb a lot of peo­ple from Wind­sor and be­yond in the west to Green­wich in the east”.


n CLOSE EN­COUNTER: Res­i­dents living next to Heathrow are less likely to com­plain about noise than those living in neigh­bour­ing bor­oughs

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