Stanwell Moor holds its breath amid countdown to new Heathrow expansion bid
A “quick death” for Stanwell Moor would be best according to residents if Heathrow’s submission to the Airports Commission on Wednesday marks a bid to build a new third runway through the village, as widely speculated.
That was the feeling after a meeting on 1st July to discuss the blight of a potential third Heathrow runway through the village. The threat of long term blight and community death are some of the most serious concerns.
Kathy Croft, chairman of Stanwell Moor Residents’ Association, said after the gathering:
“I would rather a quick death for Stanwell Moor than endure the fate suffered by Sipson.”
Heathrow has yet to confirm or deny the reports of plans for a third runway to be built over the Stanwell Moor area. However, it has said it will publish its submission to the Airports Commission on 17th July.
The Airports Commission, set up by David Cameron, has set a deadline of 19th July for submissions.
Stanwell Moor Residents have another meeting with Heathrow scheduled for July 18. For its 10,000 residents the timing comes only weeks after Heathrow announced it would be applying for permission to start flying over Stanwell Moor from 2015 following the end of the Cranford Agreement.
A spokesman for Heathrow said:
“It is important that those who are most affected by the airport are given the opportunity to put their concerns to Heathrow first hand, and that we listen and respond to them.
We will continue to meet regularly with local communities, such as Stanwell Moor as we move forward through this process.”
It is generally believed now that Heathrow will not try again for a third runway over Sipson, despite the vast amount of residential property it has bought up there.
London Mayor Boris Johnson will also make his submission this week – and is believed now to favour the proposed Isle of Grain scheme over the so-called “Boris Island”.
In an interview with The Sunday Times today, Boris said the Isle of Grain scheme proposed by Lord Foster would “knock the spots off” rival airports on the continent and make Britain the “global capital of aviation”, handling up to 180 million passengers per year by 2050.
He is likely to submit 3 schemes to the Airports Commission by 19th July, for Boris Island, the Isle of Grain, and for an expanded Stansted.
While Heathrow itself has doubted the economic case the commission is also likely to hear proposals for a fourth runway.
Concorde’s longest-serving pilot Captain William “Jock” Lowe has proposed a £7.5bn plan to extend Heathrow’s existing northern and southern runways, splitting them both into two to create a 4 runway hub. The plan would double the airport’s capacity from 70m to 140m and increase flights from 480,000 per year to almost 1m.
In October Tim Leunig, an economist, proposed moving an expanded, 4-runway Heathrow west, obliterating Poyle and parts of Colnbrook. Cllr James Walsh at the time said such a proposal “would make the village unfeasible”.
Spelthorne (and nearly Colnbrook!) MP Kwasi Kwarteng proposed going ahead with the third runway over Sipson, to the north of the existing runways, and in to the south in Stanwell in his own constituency.
Meanwhile HACAN (the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) has poured cold water over Heathrow’s recent claims that fewer people are affected by noise than in 1973. It published a report last week that disputes the way that aircraft noise is measured claims any improvements that could be made by use of quieter planes will be negated by increased flights from a 3rd runway.
Pilot plots longer Heathrow runways – Financial Times
Editorial: All hail the Stanwell Moor ‘Stimbys’ – The Independent