RAF Northolt is a good neigh­bour

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - MRS LIZ SE­GAL Vine Lane, Hilling­don

I AM the Chair­man of the Vine Lane Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the RAF Northolt Res­i­dent’s Li­ai­son Group.

I read with con­cern and dis­tress the front page ar­ti­cle (Gazette, June 17).

This stated the opin­ion of Mr Dou­glas Lew­ing­ton con­cern­ing the stated de­vi­a­tion from the flight path of air­craft fly­ing at RAF Northolt Air­field. I es­pe­cially ob­ject to the state­ment from the HACAN group, to quote, “That RAF Northolt has be­come a noisy use­less neigh­bour”.

I have lived in Vine Lane for 45 years di­rectly un­der the flight path of air­craft on the ex­tended cen­tre line of the run­way.

I can state firmly that the air­craft stick to their au­tho­rised flight path as it is di­rectly over my house and gar­den. In my opin­ion, the air­craft have be­come qui­eter and the move­ments fewer since I first moved into my home.

As a mem­ber of the Li­ai­son Group, I can con­firm that the RAF takes any com­plaints and com­ments from their neigh­bours very se­ri­ously.

As the air­field is also used by the Air Am­bu­lance and oc­ca­sional air emer­gen­cies from abroad, it serves a vi­tal civil­ian func­tion.

I re­cently vis­ited the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial near Dover and felt very proud of the part played by RAF Northolt in this vi­tal bat­tle for the sur­vival of the United King­dom. Re­cently, fighter air­craft were based there to give pro­tec­tion dur­ing the Olympic Games.

I should like to thank the Sta­tion Com­man­der for the Cen­te­nary Open Day at­tended by 11,000 lo­cal guests.

Long may the Royal Air Force con­tinue at Northolt, and con­tinue to be such good neigh­bours.

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