|Airport Commission Head Visits 'Flight Path' Schools|
Hears about the impact on children from low-flying aircraft
The effect of aircraft noise on school children and the human impact of Heathrow made an impression on the Airports Commission during its visit to Hounslow this week.
Ruth Cadbury with l-r Howard Davies, Chair of the Airports Commission; Dee Scott, Head of Beavers School, and Cllr Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council.
The Commission team were joined by Hounslow Councillors Ruth Cadbury and Colin Ellar, and local MPs Mary Macleod and Seema Malhotra.
The headteacher of Beavers Primary School, Dee Scott, pupils and parents spoke of the extreme difficulties they face in their classrooms, particularly during the warmer weather over the summer.Mary Macleod MP, said:“I am glad the Airports Commission has taken the time to come and experience the reality of living near Heathrow. Our proximity to the airport helps keep our unemployment down and we welcome the opportunities it offers. But Heathrow are not doing enough to reduce the impact of noise, congestion and pollution from the airport.
Mary Macleod MP with Sir Howard Davies
The visit to Hounslow also included a question and answer session involving the Commission, councillors from Ealing, Wandsworth, Slough and Hammersmith and Fulham and also Richmond Park MP, Zac Goldsmith.
Labour Candidate, Ruth Cadbury commented:“I was pleased that we were able to show the Commission members first-hand what living and learning under the landing path means to local people and to children’s learning.
“Whilst the airport provides massive economic benefit to Hounslow, a third runway would mean 50,000 more residents suffering severe noise problems. Heathrow should provide a better deal on insulation and other mitigation to the communities already affected, but another runway is a step too far” she said.