Wish you were back­ing Heathrow

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE num­ber of peo­ple af­fected by air­craft noise from Heathrow fell by nearly 50,000 in a sin­gle year, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

Just over 704,000 peo­ple liv­ing around the air­port en­dured noise of 55 dBA Lden or above dur­ing 2014, latest fig­ures from the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity show, com­pared with more than 750,000 the pre­vi­ous year.

The Lden noise scale mea­sures av­er­age noise, with greater weight­ing given to night-time dis­tur­bance. The CAA says it is gen­er­ally as­sumed that sig­nif­i­cant an­noy­ance oc­curs above 55dBA Lden. The air reg­u­la­tor as­cribed the re­duced noise to the in­creased use of qui­eter planes at the air­port, among other fac­tors. Heathrow wel­comed the re­port, pub­lished on PRO-Heathrow ex­pan­sion cam­paign­ers de­liv­ered thou­sands of post­cards to the Prime Min­is­ter on Septem­ber 22.

Cam­paign­ers vis­ited 10 Down­ing Street to hand over more than 50,000 post­cards to David Cameron from sup­port­ers liv­ing near the air­port as well as Sur­rey, west Lon­don and the Thames Val­ley. The post­card cam­paign was or­gan­ised by Back Heathrow, a coali­tion of res­i­dents and busi­nesses, who want to see the UK’s hub air­port ex­pand with a third run­way. The mes­sage on the post­card reads: “Dear Prime Min­is­ter, along with my friends and neigh­bours, I urge you to ‘back Heathrow’ and im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Air­ports Com­mis­sion to im­me­di­ately ex­pand Heathrow and se­cure our fu­ture.”

Rob Gray, cam­paign di­rec­tor of Back Heathrow, said: “We want the Prime Min­is­ter to go for it. Most lo­cal res­i­dents liv­ing around Heathrow Air­port are fed-up with Boris John­son and Zac Gold­smith hog­ging the lime­light but fail­ing to rep­re­sent their views on this is­sue.” Tues­day, Septem­ber 22, say­ing the latest fig­ures proved its ef­forts to be a bet­ter neigh­bour pay­ing div­i­dends.

But the anti-Heathrow

were ex­pan­sion cam­paign group HACAN said the “glow­ing re­port” did not re­flect the daily ex­pe­ri­ence of res­i­dents.

The CAA re­port found

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