The House of Commons had a debate on the expansion of Heathrow Airport on Tuesday. Kate Hoey intervened briefly to raise the issue of noise in our area:
I am sure that the hon. Lady would agree that it is not just people who live near Heathrow who are affected by the flight patterns and by noise. Many of my constituents who live in Vauxhall, Oval and Stockwell write letter after letter trying to get something done about their early morning wake-up call. They have made it very clear indeed that they do not want another Heathrow runway until that problem has been sorted out, and that has certainly not been done yet.
It was a six hour debate – you can read the full blow by blow version or just watch the show. If you don’t want to wade through all of that, there was a good summary in Wednesday’s Independent of the issues and where people stand on them.
Curiously, the proposed new runway might not make much difference to us: most of the Heathrow traffic we see is because if you draw a straight line out from the current northerly runway, it goes pretty much through our back gardens – and many of the planes which are going to land on that runway are established on that line by the time they get to us. The equivalent line from the southerly runway goes roughly over Clapham North station and that from the proposed third runway would go somewhere just north of Vauxhall Bridge.
There is a certain grim fascination in watching the paths flights actually take, which you can do on this site set up by BAA. The picture at the top of this post shows the planes flying over us at 0909 on Wednesday this week