PH Meeting 31/3

IMG_0179Meeting Presentation slides here

Press release from EGAG – (Englefield Green Action Group)

3rd April 2017

For immediate use

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, advises village not to be complacent on Heathrow.

At a packed public meeting on Friday evening (31 March), local MP Phillip Hammond told an audience of over 300 constituents that despite the government’s backing of Heathrow expansion, he would join the community pressing for “robust safeguards” to mitigate the impact of a third runway on the local area. Mr. Hammond reminded constituents that the recommendation by the Government to support expansion at Heathrow was made on the basis of recommendations made by the Airports Commission being delivered. These measures include noise and air pollution targets and a night flight ban.

The Chancellor accepted that changes in flight paths could also have a major impact on communities such as Englefield Green and residents should urgently respond to the consultations set up by the Department of Transport to express their views on airspace changes.

The local community group (EGAG) made it clear that they were not against an active and vibrant Heathrow but against its expansion. Many residents had moved to the area on the reasonable expectation that the government had stated that there would not be a third runway. Many constituents acknowledged at the meeting that this appeared to be another broken promise. Given airlines had already moved planes nearer the village and at a lower height, confidence that commitments once a third runway was finally agreed was low.

Bob McLellan, spokesperson for Englefield Green Action Group, said: “The fact that Phillip Hammond had taken time to come and speak to the community and that so many had turned up was significant and a clear indication that there are many concerns about a third runway at Heathrow. It was time that moderates stood up and were counted and not allow government and corporate interests of the airline industry to overwhelm local communities.”

The Department for Transport’s two consultations on Heathrow expansion and airspace change run until 25th May 2017.

Ends.

  1. Pictures available on request

For more information, contact Bob McLellan: bob.mclellan@btinternet.com 07876446837.

 

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STOP PRESS: This meeting is now FULL.
Hope this finds you well.
You will already be aware from previous note of the event in EG with Philip Hammond on 31/3. This event is already 2/3rds full. If you are interested in attending please book your space now at Eventbrite OR directly to info@stopegtrials.com (specifying numbers of spaces requested).*
For a compelling reason to come along see the maps below (shots taken at the DfT meeting on Monday). The maps show noise contours in years 2013 (2 runway-op), left, and 2030 (3 runway-op), right. Look whos going to be clobbered by a whole load of newnoise! Originals at http://www.heathrow-airport-expansion-map.co.uk/public/
Book your space to avoid disappointment on the day (and so that we (EGAG) don’t have to dip our hands in our pockets (again) for a leaflet drop!)

*Email ‘bookings’ won’t be acknowledged, but you’ll definitely be ‘on the list’.

Heathrow expansion meeting with Philip Hammond in EG, 31/3

Remember what is was like during the airspace trials of 2014? What’s coming our way could be much worse and have a far-reaching impact. Book your place at this important meeting now and have a say in your future.

We’re expecting this meeting to be well-attended so book your space now through Eventbrite (below) or by specifying number of places required to info@stopegtrials.com

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heathrow-expansion-meeting-with-philip-hammond-mp-tickets-31757017093

Thanks,

Englefield Green Action Group (EGAG)

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Philip Hammond to attend meeting in EG

There will be a meeting (organised and funded by EGAG) in EG on Friday 31/3 to outline the impact of Heathrow expansion on EG; Philip Hammond will be attending for Q & A.

You will remember that PH previously promoted the ‘Gatwick’ option but is now in line with government thinking which has given Heathrow the green light. He states that Heathrow is ‘good for the UK economy’. We need some assurances that his role as chancellor does not compromise looking after the interests of his constituents. So we want to hear from him as to how he proposes to protect the area from increased air and noise pollution; demands on local infrastructure (that the construction of Heathrow will bring), and the 6 new proposed routes over EG.

I’ll be setting up an Eventbrite meeting for bookings (as we will be restricted to 300 places) and will share those details with you soonest. In the meantime, save the date.

EGAG meet with MP Philip Hammond

Briefly: 5 Englefield Action Group members plus Surrey Councillor Marisa Heath met with Philip Hammond in EG last night. He gave us over an hour and a half of his time during which we spoke about our concerns re his change of position; ensuring the ‘robust safeguards of the Davies report’; noise affecting the village; redesign of airspace; night flight ban (as a condition of Heathrow expansion); air quality, and briefly: surface access restrictions and local/motorway traffic.

Philip has taken various actions including chasing up results from a noise monitor we had in EG in 2015 and supporting us in installing one at Air Force Memorial; height of low-flying aircraft (investigating a poss 8% ascent out of Heathrow).

Disappointed to hear from him that just SIX locals contacted him after expansion got the green light and he articulated a changed position. He says he receives more communications in support of expansion and is of the opinion there has been a change of heart locally. If this is not the way you feel then do contact him with your thoughts.

Expansion receives the green light

On Tuesday we heard the news that we were expecting (although it didn’t make it any easier), when Heathrow expansion was given the go-ahead. As you will know that means an increase of 260,000 flights a year to 740,000 (incidentally, Heathrow has already applied for an increase to the current 480,000 legal cap to to 505,000, for a two-runways arrangement). New flight paths resulting from the third runway are proposed over Englefield Green (as per Davies Report). To add insult to injury: you may have read that Heathrow has no intention of paying for its 3rd runway infrastructure. YOU – the taxpayer – will be expected to foot their £11.5bn bill.

What you need to know

Disappointingly we can no longer count on the support of our MP, Philip Hammond, who previously advocated the Heathwick option (in fact those of you at the October 2014 meeting at the Jurgens Centre will remember him recommending this idea). For reasons known best to himself he is now lauding the Heathrow ‘solution’ and how will this ‘underpin the area’s prosperity for decades to come,’* which completely ignores the increased noise and air pollution and demands on the local infrastructure that expansion will inevitably bring.

We have invited Philip Hammond to address his constituents at a meeting in Englefield Green. Watch this space….

Whilst London (e.g. Richmond, Wandsworth) councils and local (Windsor & Maidenhead) are proposing to take legal action against the decision. Our own Runnymede Borough Council said they will not be joining any legal action due to the considerable cost. They are considering offering support (not clear at this time what ‘support’ means) to others who are, and have restated their anti-expansion position. The Council has agreed to set up a working group to look at noise and pollution associated with Heathrow. 

What you can do

You may like to contact Philip Hammond and tell him how you feel about his change of heart and withdrawal of support. philip.hammond.mp@parliament.uk

You may like to contact your local councillors to register your feelings. You might also like to ask them what steps they are proposing to take to safeguard our area from noise and air pollution and unsustainable demands on the local infrastructure. Local councillors are: marisa.heath@surreycc.gov.uk  cllr.michael.kusneraitis@runnymded.gov.uk cllr.japneet.sohi@runnymede.gov.uk cllr.nigel.king@runnymede.gov.uk     

You may like to consider making a contribution to organisations that are proposing a legal challenge to the government’s decision: Green Peace, Friends of the Earth.

* Tweeted by Philip Hammond this week.

Time to take action


Over the last few years Englefield Green has found itself under ‘new’ flight paths as routes that have been used for years have nudged towards us** Should Heathrow expansion be given the green light the prospects for Englefield Green, in terms of further noise and air pollution (amongst other things), are dire.

It was recently announced that the Department for Transport would be ready to make an announcement on airport expansion in the UK in September this year, and we urge you to write to the Prime Minister, sharing your experience and highlighting a few of the following vital reasons why she should not give the green light to a 3rd runway. 

  • Air Quality – With only 2 runways at the moment, air pollution around Heathrow already exceeds EU limits. An extra runway would add 300,000 extra flights and 25 million additional road passenger journeys a year creating even more pollution.
  • Health – Back in 2008, Theresa May said “I will continue to put pressure on the Government over the third runway at Heathrow as an extra 222,000 flights a year would undermine our national targets and seriously damage the health of the local community.” This comment is just as relevant to the health of local residents today as it was then. NB: deaths in Runnymede due to long-term exposure to particulates are already over 10% higher than the national average.
  • Noise – Heathrow is already the largest noise polluter in Europe. With a 3rd runway, over 1,000,000 people could be impacted from its aircraft noise.
  • Congestion –  A 3rd Runway at Heathrow would add 25 million road passenger journeys a year.
  • The Economy – The Airport Commission Report indicated that any new activity at an expanded Heathrow would be at the expense of other UK airports. A 3rd runway would stifle competition and lead to a monopoly.
  • Tax Payers Money – Transport for London believe that Heathrow have underestimated the cost of accommodating the hugely increased demand on road and rail by £18b meaning the tax payer would have to pick up the bill.
  • Deliverability – The legal case against Heathrow expansion is strong, and even if the Government gives a green light to the third runway, both Heathrow and the Government will face years of legal challenges, delaying for years and likely stopping any construction of a 3rd runway entirely.
  • All of this, plus the demolition of 1,000 homes, for only 12 more long haul destinations from Heathrow Airport.


So please take action now and pile pressure on the new Transport Secretary and the Prime Minister to ensure they make the right decision! Please encourage your friends, neighbours and family to do the same – if affected.

Contacts:

You can contact Theresa May in a number of ways:

Website contact: https://email.number10.gov.uk

(max 1000 characters)

To email the PM Office:

privateoffice@No10.x.gsi.gov.uk

Or, write to:

The Prime Minister, Theresa May:
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling:

Email: TransportSecretary@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Or write to:

Chris Grayling,

Secretary of State for Transport

Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 4DR

 

Please do (continue to) let Philip Hammond know your views:

hammondp@parliament.uk

Now, that Boris is in the cabinet, you may like to contact him to ensure he is still committed to his anti-expansion stance

boris.johnson.mp@parliament.uk
** Verified by independent consultants PA Consulting; additionally the easterly Compton route also adversely affects EG after routes were changed in June 2014.

Infographic

An infographic created to show the impact of Heathrow expansion on our village.

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Feel free to share with friends, family, neighbours and EG villagers.

Have a peaceful Easter break.

Davies commission maps

Those who attended the rally in EG yesterday were truly shocked to see copies of maps from the Davies report with suggested flight paths, based on a three runway configuration. The prospect for EG is truly dire. To see the maps, visit the home page of our site or use this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/455285/airports-commission-compendium-of-results-part-F-01.pdf

You may want to sign this petition too:  https://www.change.org/p/secretary-of-state-for-transport-no-third-runway-at-heathrow

‘No ifs, no buts….’

Over 100 residents attended the rally in a very windy EG yesterday to air their concerns and protest against Heathrow expansion. The crowd chanted David Cameron’s pre-2010 election promise of ‘No ifs, no buts, no 3rd runway.’

HACAN (who organised the Advan) reported that the turnout had been the largest over the 3 day tour. Local councillors, including Hugh Meares and Jap Sohi, pledged their committment to doing all possible to safeguard the village from increased noise and air pollution.

NOW is the time to let those who make decisions about YOUR lives know how you feel. The contacts for the PM, MPs and councillors can be found on the http://www.stopegtrials.com site. Please also continue to contact Heathrow re noisy/low/off-track aircraft activity (details also on our site).

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