|Have your say on the proposed expansion to Heathrow Airport
The Department for Transport (DfT) has started a period of public consultation on its draft Airports National Policy Statement that includes the building of a third runway at Heathrow that will mean aircraft landing directly over Eton High Street at a height 30% lower than they currently land over Windsor.As part of its public consultation, the government will be holding an information event in Windsor on Friday 3rd March at Windsor Youth & Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD (behind Police Station) between 11am and 8pm, at which local residents will have the opportunity speak to officials and ask questions about the Department for Transport’s (DfT) plans for Heathrow expansion.The Government recommends that you should read the draft Airports National Policy Statement before submitting your response to the consultation, which is open for 16 weeks until 25th May however in coming weeks Eton Town Council will provide some suggested content for individuals responses to the consultation should they wish to use them.
Eton Town Council is against the planned third runway at Heathrow that will mean aircraft landing over Eton High Street at a height 30% lower than they currently land over central Windsor.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has sent out 1.5 million consultation leaflets to households in areas not too far from Heathrow including Eton and Eton Wick. The leaflets make no attempt whatsoever of balance and are merely advertising the runway plans and promoting them. Many of the 11 claims are misleading, or so abbreviated as to be unclear. At the link below there is a critique of the claims, point by point with links to evidence backing up the criticisms.
A few examples of the dubious statements in the DfT consultation leaflet:
· The figure of £61 billion economic benefit is given, leaving out the proviso that this is over 60 years.
· There is much made of the generosity of the compensation to be given for compulsory purchase, but in reality anything much below 125% would be derisory, and way below world standards.
· The claim about six and a half hours of “no scheduled night flights” omits to mention how many flights, scheduled before 11pm, often take off almost to midnight “due to operational reasons”
· And though there may be 6 more links to other UK domestic airports from Heathrow, these are likely to be unprofitable and may not last for long. The loss of long haul routes from other UK airports, due to a larger Heathrow, is conveniently ignored.
If you do not want Heathrow to have a third runway that will be severely detrimental to Eton and Eton Wick, you are urged to respond to the DfT consultation and attend the consultation event at Windsor Youth & Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD (behind Police Station) between 11am and 8pm on Friday 3rd March.