Rebuke for Heathrow as residents warned responding to survey could see them EXCLUDED from compensation
Campaign group Stop Heathrow Expansion has issued a stark warning to residents and small business owners that responding to a land interest survey currently being distributed by the airport could see them excluded from property compensation schemes.
Stop Heathrow Expansion has criticised Heathrow for “harassing” vulnerable residents – and urged them not to respond to surveys from the airports expansion team.
The group says there is no legal obligation to respond to Heathrow, and residents should ignore pressure from the airport that has included repeated reminders and, even, home visits.
It says 86-year old residents within the area earmarked for demolition have been “bombarded” with demands for information, and “harassed” by six-strong teams of door-knockers collecting information.
In clarifying advice issued yesterday on the group’s website it has even suggested that responding now could lead to their properties being excluded from a compensation scheme that is far from confirmed:
“… despite talk of compensation, there is no legally-binding scheme in place relating to these proposals. Some homes are likely to be excluded from a scheme and your answers, with the signed declaration, may exclude your property in future …”.
Heathrow has not sought to reassure residents in the light of the concerns, first raised by Stop Heathrow Expansion a few weeks ago.
SHE has published a “Q&A” which will be delivered to households in the initial demolition zone of Harmondsworth and Longford.
Colnbrook Views has received reports that residents in the parish close to the airport’s proposed extended perimeter have also been sent the surveys.
Stop Heathrow Expansion’s advice
Heathrow does NOT have permission to build a third runway. The Government has announced that a north-west runway is its preferred option for airport expansion in the South East of England and there is a long process before we know if this development will ever be built. Despite this, Heathrow says it wants to gather the information it would need for a planning application in the future.
When Heathrow eventually begins accessing the impact of their plans on wildlife, it will need permission from the land owner AND those who occupy it. This gives Heathrow an opportunity to ask for details and for you to sign a written declaration. If you do not wish to take part, you can ignore the correspondence completely.
Residents will not get any money for just filling out the form – despite mention of £200 for completing within 6 weeks. You will have given all your details for nothing. Only those who are selected for the survey will receive payment. There are individual payments of £150 for each visit if they occur. You will not be in trouble if you ignore the correspondence. If in future Heathrow feels your land is vital to their survey, it will have to make a strong case.
Heathrow is a foreign-owned private company that has announced its intention to destroy land and buildings in our area if it ever gets the go-ahead for a third runway. Information you provide could result in unintended consequences for you. For example, despite talk of compensation, there is no legally-binding scheme in place relating to these proposals. Some homes are likely to be excluded from a scheme and your answers, with the signed declaration, may exclude your property in future.
Some residents have been sent four questionnaires plus “sorry we missed you” notes and personal callers chasing a response. Heathrow has employed another company, Mouchel, to deal with the survey. Numbers for both companies are printed on the material and it may be possible to halt the bombardment.
Must I give Heathrow or Mouchel my details in order to express my views in the forthcoming consultation on the third runway proposals?
Despite this suggestion in the letter, you DO NOT need to give them your details. A Government consultation will be announced soon, with media coverage and information online. There will also be local events where you can view displays and discuss your issues or worries.