Letter to the Editor: Expanding Heathrow would further blight our lives

London Mayor Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson

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I totally disagree with the dismissal of Boris's brilliant visionary plans for a Thames Estuary airport.

It would be a blight on South West London to expand Heathrow any further. We live in West Wimbledon and some evenings up to 2300hrs the aircraft noise and low flying is very bad.

Last night it sounded like a plane was just above the roof of our house. On occasions one can smell aviation fuel in the street. Further expansion of Heathrow would put public health further at risk. I also noted that big business have been advertising the benefits of Heathrow expansion to coincide with Sir Howard Davis latest recommendations. Do they care about public health or just making money?

Steve Waghorn MBE

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11:22am Sun 14 Sep 14

andree_frieze says...

In contrast to Stephen Waghorn, I am thrilled to see that Boris's egotistical proposal for an airport in the Thames Estuary has been sunk. But, Heathrow and Gatwick cannot be expanded in its stead if we are to fight Global Warming. Money should be invested in improving our railways instead, and short flights, particularly domestic ones, curtailed to free up the space required for medium and long haul journeys.

Additionally, governments need to do more to encourage companies to create employment here at home in deprived areas rather than them continually scouring the globe for the next country offering the cheapest labour to exploit. Give people in the UK jobs - and decently paid ones at that - then they won't be reduced to purchasing bargain-basement priced goods that only end up in landfill. It's time to employ locally, not globally.

Runaway Climate Change is the biggest challenge facing the earth and we all need to do our bit. If you feel the same way, join the global day of action on Sunday 21st September organised by The Climate Coalition by joining the march in London. Check out their campaign page at: http://fortheloveof.
org.uk. I'm with them for the love of Richmond riverside which I have enjoyed since I was a teenager. The unique and picturesque stretch of the Thames from the White Cross past Richmond bridge, along the tow path to Petersham meadows, is one I want my children and all future generations to have the pleasure of. Let's save the earth, not airplanes.

Andree Frieze (Ms)
In contrast to Stephen Waghorn, I am thrilled to see that Boris's egotistical proposal for an airport in the Thames Estuary has been sunk. But, Heathrow and Gatwick cannot be expanded in its stead if we are to fight Global Warming. Money should be invested in improving our railways instead, and short flights, particularly domestic ones, curtailed to free up the space required for medium and long haul journeys. Additionally, governments need to do more to encourage companies to create employment here at home in deprived areas rather than them continually scouring the globe for the next country offering the cheapest labour to exploit. Give people in the UK jobs - and decently paid ones at that - then they won't be reduced to purchasing bargain-basement priced goods that only end up in landfill. It's time to employ locally, not globally. Runaway Climate Change is the biggest challenge facing the earth and we all need to do our bit. If you feel the same way, join the global day of action on Sunday 21st September organised by The Climate Coalition by joining the march in London. Check out their campaign page at: http://fortheloveof. org.uk. I'm with them for the love of Richmond riverside which I have enjoyed since I was a teenager. The unique and picturesque stretch of the Thames from the White Cross past Richmond bridge, along the tow path to Petersham meadows, is one I want my children and all future generations to have the pleasure of. Let's save the earth, not airplanes. Andree Frieze (Ms) andree_frieze
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4:58pm Tue 16 Sep 14

Independent mind says...

If the UK (or an independent England) require a international hub airport to handle the expansion in air traffic, then surely we require a new purpose built airport properly designed to handle the anticipated growth.
Rather Than, continually adding bits to Heathrow in a weak and failed attempt to convince the world and its surrounding communities that it is a serious international airport.
By all means continue to operate and run Heathrow, even when the new Thames Estuary airport is open, but lets not pretend that politically weak peace meal expansion of Heathrow expressly at the expense and protest of nearby residents is the best way to go.
The UK (England) never planned Heathrow as International hub airport and has continually expanded it on expressly against residents wishes simply because iGovernment has been weak and ineffectual in its planning. Brave leadership by Boris might just allow the UK to have a properly designed world beating airport that could last into the next century.
If the UK (or an independent England) require a international hub airport to handle the expansion in air traffic, then surely we require a new purpose built airport properly designed to handle the anticipated growth. Rather Than, continually adding bits to Heathrow in a weak and failed attempt to convince the world and its surrounding communities that it is a serious international airport. By all means continue to operate and run Heathrow, even when the new Thames Estuary airport is open, but lets not pretend that politically weak peace meal expansion of Heathrow expressly at the expense and protest of nearby residents is the best way to go. The UK (England) never planned Heathrow as International hub airport and has continually expanded it on expressly against residents wishes simply because iGovernment has been weak and ineffectual in its planning. Brave leadership by Boris might just allow the UK to have a properly designed world beating airport that could last into the next century. Independent mind
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5:31pm Tue 16 Sep 14

notrem says...

Boris's idea for a brand new airport is not English at all. English do not go for big-bang solutions, only foreigners do so. English tinker and improvise. When expansion to Heathrow, Gatwick, and Standsted fail as solutions as they surely will, then the English will build an airport from scratch. When Churchill said, 'You can trust the Americans to do the right thing at the end, having tried everything else', he could have been talking about the English mind.
Boris's idea for a brand new airport is not English at all. English do not go for big-bang solutions, only foreigners do so. English tinker and improvise. When expansion to Heathrow, Gatwick, and Standsted fail as solutions as they surely will, then the English will build an airport from scratch. When Churchill said, 'You can trust the Americans to do the right thing at the end, having tried everything else', he could have been talking about the English mind. notrem
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