by 2020 we will see the biggest changes to airspace in Aviation history concentration of flights means more noise, more pollution.

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Why do we need a campaign?

Since the trials of 2014, many communities continue to be blighted by increased aircraft noise and the level of public outcry is growing.

  • An increase in aircraft noise coincided with the trials and has not gone away since the trials ended
  • Community pressure has resulted in independent analysis which confirms an increase in the number of flights, lowering of altitude and concentration of flight paths - all of which contribute to noise
  • Period of noise can now be from as early as 4.30am until 11.30pm depending on wind direction
  • Many 3 Villages residents are now suffering as a result of concentrated flight paths over our area - changes which have been made without Consultation or Government approval.
  • Our MP and Councillors are fully aware of the issues but taken no action taken despite being provided with the results of independent data verification (secured as a result of campaign groups) from Heathrow. Why?
  • An expanded Heathrow means an additional 240,000 planes a year that means an even worse situation - with possibly one plane every 2 minutes!
  • Third runway might have been approved in principle - but the fight against this decision has only just begun! It failed before, it will fail again.

What is the group doing?

3 Villages campaign has been instrumental & actively involved in:.

  • Securing the early end of flight trials in November 2014
  • Ensuring Heathrow installed a Noise Monitor locally, the data from which is now being analysed
  • Writing to MPs and Government Ministers demanding our skies are returned to pre-trial levels
  • Collaborating with other local, regional and national campaign groups - all experiencing the same increased noise issues. Over 31 noise groups now exist and the number rising every week!
  • Meeting with the DfT, responsible for the regulation of the aviation industry, as well as CEO of Heathrow and NATS.
  • Raising the issue of noise on health with Government
  • Demanding the aviation industry is held accountable for the impact of noise on communities resulting from any changes it makes to airspace or procedures
  • Demanding a full parliamentary inquiry into current noise levels ahead of any decision to expand Heathrow
  • Supporting by any means possible those groups who will mount a legal challenge to the irresponsible decision to approve a third runway. The fight is not lost - it has just begun!