Date : Thursday 13th May 2010
I'm Roberto Vielmi, from Italy. I'm one of the members of VivaViaGaggio, a group of people who's fighting against the plan of the useless and ruinous third runway of Malpensa Airport, Milan.
- The expansion of the airport will cause:
- - the obvious increase of noise and pollution
- - the distruction of 330 ha. of green
- - the closure and destruction of the here famous Via Gaggio which is a road inside the woods. This is a biological corridor from the town to the Ticino River, inside the Natural Park of Ticino, an area worthy of protection of Unesco.
The latest news from Heathrow gave us so much courage!
Thank you so much and congratulations for your actions!
Letter sent by Roberto Vielmi
Date : Wednesday 12th May 2010
I've got no interest either way concerning the third runway because I'll be long dead and gone before this alleged argument is settled. I say 'alleged' because in reality there is no argument, The powers that be decided a long time ago a third runway and a sixth terminal will be built.
As you know Heathrow is the busiest international airport in the world and no government will risk the airport losing that position, this country cannot afford for Heathrow to lose that position. Put youself in their shoes, in the big scheme of things Sipson is just an annoying small fly in the ointment and when they decide the time is right to bring the bulldozers in they will not hesitate. THEY WILL NOT HESITATE.
Disregard what is said in public, these things are planned behind very firmly closed doors and I can assure you these people are as thrilled as you are at the 'no third runway' announcement. They'll be thinking, "Well, that should keep the natives happy".
When you talk about Heathrow Airport you're talking big,big, big, big money, big government and big movers and shakers. All this versus little old Sipson? No contest. Sorry, but that's the way it is.
Letter sent by James Banville
Government Cancel 3rd runway plans
Date : Wednesday 12th May 2010
The press are reporting it has been confirmed that the plan for the 3rd runway has been cancelled!
I just wanted to congratulate you as well as thank you for all the work you've all put in over the last few years.
Well done everyone.
Letter sent by Stephen Bond
Date : Tuesday 20th April 2010
I live in Reading Berkshire.
It has been only in the last six days that I have truly appreciated the effects of air traffic from Heathrow. The present silence has made me aware of the horific noise levels that we have gradually been subjected to.
The sky overhead is blue and the air sparkles. No spreading condensation trails obscure the sunlight and the air is not tinged soot brown. If ever there is a time to protest at the expansion of Heathrow it is now.
In fact I would support a campaign to drastically reduce the air traffic.Keep up the good work.
Letter sent by Francis Pontet
Date : Monday 19th April 2010
Over this weekend we have all noticed the quiet skies and how much of a difference this has made to us all enjoying the summer days in the garden, being able to eat out and hear the conversation around the table instead of being interrupted by aircraft thundering overhead. It was also a delight to be able to hear the birds.
If this is having an effect on us - how does it affect the wildlife?
It seems that we have all realised that the noise we thought was road traffic was actually air traffic that was creating the noise.
Having been the topic of discussion over the weekend it seems that this ‘natural act of God’ has made people realise that a third runway will just only increase noise pollution.
Best wishes in your fight against the third runway!
Letter sent by Tina F
Bats in the Belfry or Roofs
Date : Friday 16th April 2010
Dear NoTRAG members
On reading your site letters about saving your community I have looked at your Wiki and realized your area has a very ancient history and buildings so it MUST have many ancient BAT roosts in buildings and homes.
These little furry animals with a face only a mother could love may be your best friend. You may need their help as much as their need our help.
By spotting their roosts and reporting them to the right protection agency their roosts ie. your homes and buildings become protected habitats under the endangered species act. They have so far forced highways to be re-routed and Waterworks to be modified to name a few compromises made. You can't have a compromised runway!
Checkout BBC - British Bats and Bat Conservation Trust
Some bats are protected so DO NOT capture handle or disturb as your new found fiend sorry I mean friend could land you in deep guano or hospital.
Check it out. I have kicked this ball in the air is anybody willing to catch it and run with it?
Letter sent by Stephen Antia
Date : Friday 26th March 2010
I totally agree with you there is no need for another runway, its not fair on people in built up area such as yours. If they need to do anything Birmingham would be better - with restrictions.
Congratulations on your ruling, well done.
I don't fly very often but enjoy it, everything in moderation. The more people get the more they want,they are selfish with no regards for others.
I live in Wombourne near Wolverhampton
Letter sent by Wilf Clark
There is an alternative
Date : Friday 26th March 2010
Congratulations. The government forcing all airport expansion at Heathrow is plain stupid. It concentrates congestion, air pollution, sound pollution in one area, and vastly increases terrorism risk. Heathrow is particularly vulnerable to terrorism threat.
Its not as though the Government does not have an alternative. The long proposed international airport between Bristol and Cardiff - on the former Llanwern steel site - is within an hour of Heathrow by the proposed high speed rail link and both are adjacent to the M4. In travel time it will be closer than Gatwick and Standsted.
The Llanwern alternative stacks up as a PFI, costing the government nothing. It will resolve the problems of access to both Cardiff and Bristol airports, removes air pollution from both and create employment in South Wales. And it will be one of the most secure airports in the world.
The former 1st Minister of the Welsh Assembly promised the airport but has since reneged on that promise. Why? Because his bosses (Brown and Blair) wanted it in London and yet Darling now promises to move more jobs out of London!
Your campaign makes sense for everyone.
Letter sent by Jack Scherer (ABACAN Consultants)
Opposition to expansion is short-sighted
For many years people have written and spoken out against expansion of any airport in the
South of England. I find this short-sightedness extraordinary.
As long as people want, or need, to travel to distant places, be it for a holiday or
business, there will be a need for air travel. The rapid rise in the number of people who
want to travel by air means that the airports will have to expand in order to cope with
the ever-increasing number who wish to travel.
If just one person who is protesting against the expansion can honestly, hand on heart, say
that neither they, or anyone they know, has never travelled by air, I would say they are kidding themselves!
The only people who can, legitimately, object to the expansion of an airport, or any other matter
they may want to object to, are those who lived there BEFORE the place was built. Then, and only then,
have they any legitimate complaint. An airport, by its very nature, is bound to grow as the need for
more capacity increases.
I live less than ½ a mile from Gatwick Airport runway, and it does not faze me in one iota.
I'm willing to bet that, if Heathrow closed tomorrow, those people who are complaining about
the expansion would be up in arms about the loss of jobs!
Robin Davies, January 2010
Reply: Far from being short-sighted, most campaigners against airport expansion are looking into
the future if the proposed expansions go ahead. It is a grim sight.
Vast areas of our country would be lost forever under concrete; air and noise pollution would increase,
homes and communities would be destroyed; beautiful historic buildings would be broken down for salvage and
replaced by hideous monstrosities designed to process travellers for maximum profit; people in areas blighted
by the expansions will watch as their communities decay under the pressure to replace family homes with smaller
units to maximise income from the influx of transient workers; hotels and boarding houses will replace
less lucrative community facilities and businesses; road traffic will increase so passengers, freight
and workers can reach the airport with little consideration given to the people on these routes or in the
places needed for parking, depots and warehouses; gradually the areas become dominated by the airport.
All this for the promise of some extra jobs, which often don't materialise as the industry is
constantly looking at ways to cut staff costs. Local people are often left with the lower-grade jobs while higher
earners travel considerable distances to work.
How do I know this? Because I have lived near Heathrow all my life. I have seen the impact of the airport on
the surrounding area, particularly to the north and east, and would not wish that on any other community.
I believe everyone has a right to a oppose airport expansion, particularly those concerned about climate change,
but for the record my family is one of those that settled near the picturesque hamlet of Heath Row before
the Wright Brothers had their first powered flight.
I have no objection to people flying, if they do so responsibly, but we all have to understand that
there is a greater price to pay than the one on our job-cutting computer-printed ticket.
We already accept many measures to curb our greedy desires - the government taxes us or imposes restrictions.
Why should frequent flyers be treated differently from smokers, drinkers and car drivers?
Incidentally, not building a third runway WILL NOT close Heathrow airport and I WILL NOT be complaining about
lost airport jobs, inevitable as the aviation looks increasingly to automation. We already have too many eggs in
that rickety basket.
One glimmer of hope is that governments are gradually waking up to the need to invest in new technology and green
With any luck, my sons will live in a world that puts a greater value on preserving our planet than on
filling the pockets of overpaid executives.
Christine Taylor, Vice Chair
I support your campaign
I only visit your very beautiful part of the Country occasionally but I support your campaign 100%. I have friends in Chalfont St Giles and when I visit I am much impressed by your lovely scenery and I think it is vile and disgusting that they want to bury one of your villages.
I live near Aberdeen airport and it is definitley underused. There are very few direct overseas holiday flights and all of them are booked solid months ahead, forcing prospective travellers to book with changes at London thus giving an inaccurate picture of true airport useage. This is no doubt the same at all the other regional airports in Britain.
As security queues get longer and more dreary, fast trains (powered by hydro-electric?) could make a new runway obsolete before it's even started. We're going to have to get through the Olympics without a new runway and if we can do that we really won't need one afterwards.
Good Luck to one and all involved. Please don't think you are fighting a regionalised issue, There are plenty of us "out here" who pray you will succeed.
Letter sent by Maureen Davidson
Heathrow 3rd Runway
Date : Tuesday 20th October 2009
I would like to say NO to the proposed 3rd runway at Heathrow. Aren't there already enough planes taking off every day and night without any extra.
This Government keeps on taxing people who drive bigger cars and keep telling us to turn our heating down and wash our clothes on a cooler cycle which doesn't seem to bring them up clean.
Now, to add insult to injury another of this Government's "Do as we say not as we do". I am fed up of constantly hearing about how climate change is affecting all of us, but then they go and give permission for a Skyscraper to built in an already congested London.
What next ???
Very angry resident who has had to listen to planes disturbing her sleep!!!
Letter sent by Cheryl Malvermi
Proposed Third Runway
Date : Monday 10th August 2009
Good Luck to all you people. Don't let this greedy and corruption ridden dictatorship we live under do this.
I can't understand the need for this? If you include Luton and City, there are 5 airports and 6 runways for just Greater London already. That's without Manston in Kent and many others.
This has probably already been brought up but if they cannot distribute all the flights among these runways then I wonder what is going on???
Thanks for your time and I hope that the lovely towns of Sipson, Longford and Harlington can beat these people.
Letter sent by Mark Donovan
Letters to residents in Bond Scheme area
Date : Monday 8th April 2009
I live in Sipson and have just received a letter from BAA about the property bond scheme, should
I be doing anything about it?
No. Many residents have been worried by letters from various sources, including solicitors looking for
business. There is no action that you need to take at the moment.
BAA are not expected to submit detailed plans for planning permission for at least 18 months. While these plans
are being considered, the BAA bond scheme will still be open to new applications.
Some residents living in the bond area, which covers Sipson and part of Harmondsworth, have needed to move but prospective buyers have been
put off by the proposed runway. (Seems they discover the BAA bond doesn't match the
"generous compensation" myth.)
The BAA letter you received indicates that they are looking at ways to enable some residents to
move before planning permission approval - should they ever get it.
Remember, a general election will need to take place before June 2010 and if the Conservatives
gain power they have pledged that a third runway at Heathrow will NOT be built. The project will be scrapped.
Still worried? Local MP John McDonnell will be able to update Harmondsworth and Sipson residents at
the HASRA AGM on 22nd April (see Events page).
There are some public meetings in the pipeline. It's hoped to have a legal advisor present to
answer questions from people both inside and outside the bond scheme area.
Whatever BAA and solicitors may say in their letters, the third runway is not a done deal.
Christine Taylor, Vice Chair