Mas­sive park to coun­ter­act air­port growth

New £105m green space is planned

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel

A HUGE area of green space four times the size of Hyde Park has been pro­posed for west Lon­don by Heathrow Air­port, if ex­pan­sion goes ahead.

The multi-mil­lion pound in­vest­ment ex­pected to ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties around the air­port would see the trans­for­ma­tion of Colne Val­ley Re­gional Park in Den­ham, near Uxbridge, to ‘re­duce flood risk, pro­tect bio­di­ver­sity and wildlife habi­tats’.

It would also cre­ate new out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies to en­joy say air­port bosses.

Heathrow di­rec­tor of sus­tain­abil­ity Matt Gor­man said: “Heathrow ex­pan­sion is an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide once in a gen­er­a­tion im­prove­ments to the phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment for the com­mu­ni­ties around the air­port.

“Our new plan means this air­port can be worldlead­ing in en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance and guar­an­tee that those most im­pacted by ex­pan­sion get both the great­est ben­e­fits and fair treat­ment.”

The £105m plans to cre­ate a new pub­lic park­land would in­clude wet mead­ows for flood pro­tec­tion, pas­tures for graz­ing an­i­mals, bri­dle­ways, a cross coun­try course, nat­u­ral ponds, sports fa­cil­i­ties, gar­dens, al­lot­ments and even a moun­tain bike trail, which would ben­e­fit peo­ple liv­ing in the sur­round­ing bor­oughs to the air­port.

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion would be part of a strin­gent plan­ning process if Heathrow ex­pan­sion gets the green light.

With im­prove­ments on the south­ern part of the Colne Val­ley Re­gional Park, and new green ar­eas to the east, north and south of the air­port, Heathrow said it will work with Colne Val­ley Re­gional Park Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany (CIC) and Friends of River Crane on de­vel­op­ing this vi­sion if the air­port is cho­sen to ex­pand.

The Colne Val­ley Park stretches from Rick­mansworth in the north to Staines and the Thames in the south, Uxbridge and Heathrow in the east to Slough and Chal­font in the west.

Heathrow will look to im­prove the qual­ity of habi­tat for wa­ter­courses to the east of the air­port on the River Crane, which runs from Har­row to Isle­worth.

To the north, there is an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate wet­land ar­eas with pub­lic board­walk ac­cess, an im­proved cy­cle net­work con­nect­ing with lo­cal bor­oughs. And to the south, po­ten­tially new and en­hanced green spa­ces would in­clude new, pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble sports fa­cil­i­ties. IF YOU’VE ever fan­cied work­ing as an air host­ess or even fly­ing a com­mer­cial air­liner then 2016 could be your year.

Bri­tish Air­ways has an­nounced plans to re­cruit 2,000 fly­ing crew in­clud­ing 350 pi­lots and 1,600 cabin crew.

It’s in line with the car­rier’s grow­ing fleet of 13 new Boe­ing 787s and A380s ar­riv­ing this year.

All re­cruits will be trained at BA’s new Global Learn­ing Academy at Heathrow which is equipped with 15 sim­u­la­tors, as well as short and long haul air­craft train­ing cab­ins.

BA di­rec­tor of flight op­er­a­tions, Cap­tain Stephen Ri­ley, said: “It’s a great time to be a Bri­tish Air­ways pi­lot.

“We have ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for new pi­lots with the Bri­tish Air­ways Fu­ture Pi­lot Pro­gramme en­ter­ing its fifth suc­cess­ful year, as well as the very best ex­pe­ri­enced flight crew from other air­lines and the mil­i­tary.

“We’re ex­tremely proud that we have more fe­male pi­lots than ever be­fore, and we are con­tin­u­ing our re­cruit­ment cam­paign to en­cour­age more women to ap­ply to fly com­mer­cial air­craft.”

Once the posts are filled it will be the first time in BA’s near 100-year his­tory its air crew will ex­ceed 20,000 peo­ple. There are three main chan­nels to be­come a pi­lot; through BA’s cadet scheme – Bri­tish Air­ways Fu­ture Pi­lot Pro­gramme – for 18 to 55-year-olds with no pre­vi­ous fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary; di­rect from other car­ri­ers; or as an ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lot from the mil­i­tary.

Cabin crew ap­pli­cants must pass a se­ries of on­line tests to se­cure a place on the course.

Bri­tish Air­ways’ di­rec­tor of cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, Troy Warfield, said: “Not only do we have fan­tas­tic new train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, new air­craft with fresh cabin in­te­ri­ors, but also new routes to ev­ery cor­ner of the globe.

“Cabin crew are in­te­gral to the suc­cess of our air­line and we are very proud of the ser­vice they pro­vide our cus­tomers.”

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