Inaugral Meeting Great Success

It was standing room only at Chiswick Against the Third Runway( CHATR’s) inaugural meeting for local residents on Friday evening, 25 September 2015. John Stewart, HACAN’s Chairman, addressed the meeting, calling it ‘timely indeed’ as the deadline for a Government decision on the runway rapidly approaches & ‘Chiswick does seem to be starting to make a noise’.

A third runway will make Heathrow the biggest emitter of CO2 in the country. The lives of people in the surrounding communities, already suffering, will bear the brunt of the considerably increased pollution and noise, not only from aircraft but also the increase in road traffic that will inevitably be the consequence of the proposed third runway.


HACAN’s John Stewart with Ruth Cadbury MP (centre) with three founding members of CHATR

The audience was treated to a guest appearance by Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford & Isleworth who has campaigned against expansion at Heathrow for 12 years. Ruth pointed out that the frequency of landings is as much of an annoyance as the amount of noise and that studies show that children in schools under flight paths suffer cognitive learning impairment.

Heathrow leads Europe in the number of people affected by noise with well over a million people in London alone.

Noise from the new proposed flight paths directly overhead would be the biggest problem for residents of North and Central Chiswick, followed by air pollution caused by significantly increased road traffic and community disruption. There are pockets around Heathrow that already exceed EU pollution limits.

The ministerial group assessing the Davies Commission Report does not include any cabinet members from areas that would be affected or potentially affected by the third runway and David Cameron will also have to face down significant political opposition even within his own party.
You can support the cause and protest at Parliament Square at 10.30am on Saturday 10 October 2015 (http://hacan.org.uk/category/events/).

Please turn up with a placard prominently displaying your postcode declaring you are against the third runway. CHATR is in the process of organising placards and a group from Chiswick to go to the rally. Please check here for more details.

The organisers would like to thank everyone who attended, supported and assisted at the meeting and for kind offers of help.

CHATR – Chiswick Against the Third Runway would like to hear from other interested groups and residents in Chiswick and surrounding areas to join the campaign against a third runway at Heathrow