Welcome to the section of this website dedicated to information and resources about getting involved in the campaign against the proposed 3rd runway at Heathrow. We have compiled background information, factsheets and template letters to submit.
The official consultation period is nearly over, so time is of the essence if you want to make your views known.
The Heathrow Airport Expansion Consultation opened on 18 June and will close on 13 September 2019.
Heathrow are (in their own words) soliciting feedback from the public on their “preferred proposals for developing and operating an expanded Heathrow, including the effects of expansion and how we intend to manage them.”
It comprises an online consultation and Consultation Events that have been taking place throughout the summer. Despite the massive impact on London as a whole, Heathrow have only organised official consultation events in areas within roughly a 10 miles radius of the airport. And whilst they have arranged a number of additional document inspection locations, none of these are in South East London (the nearest one to Lewisham is in Brixton).
Despite this official sidelining of a huge swathe of London, there are a number of ways you can voice your feelings about the proposals.
- taking part in the official online consultation (see more info below)
- attending the forthcoming consultation event organised by one of our local MPs, Vicky Foxcroft (Lewisham Deptford) (see more info below)
- contacting your democratic representatives directly: Parliamentary MP, Local councillors, London Assembly members and MEPs. (See our politics page for more info on how to do this, and a )
- attend one of the official Consultation Events
Submissions from the consultations (the online form and the face to face consultations) are handed over to the planning inspectorate / Secretary of State, and the decision-making process will take around 15 months or more.
It will also incorporate any debate /comments by MPs. As a reminder, when MPs voted on expansion in June 2018, they voted 415 to 119 in favour. Lewisham Detford MP Vicky Foxcroft voted in favour, and you can see an outline of her reasoning in a reply to a constituent at the bottom of this page.
Anecdotal feedback from a Heathrow consultation in Wandsworth:
“I went to the Wandsworth consultation. They don’t want to talk about aviation fuel which isn’t even part of the Paris Agreement (thanks to powerful lobbying by the industry). They are painting a ‘greenwashed’ picture about how sustainable the new airport building will be. Ask them how many extra car parking spaces there are going to be (our research tells us 46,000 new parking spaces!!)
“At the consultations they have two dozen presentation boards two metres by one, and 5 television screens, but not one deals with the green spaces to be destroyed or their replacement / compensation. It demonstrates their lack of concern for the physical environment.”
A final note – we need to remember this process needs to be replicated for City Airport expansion! (and regional airport expansion is also continuing apace).
Submit your views to the Consultation
This section is aimed at helping you respond to the online consultation, and also provides a starting point for preparing questions to ask at the event with Heathrow in Deptford on 21st August.
Responding to the online consultation
The official Consultation website contains a huge amount of information, broken down into about 30 separate topics that you can respond to.
The No 3rd Runway Coalition advise: “Don’t waste your valuable time responding to individual aspects of the plan (there is generally no option to say no, just one bad option or another). Scroll down to the email address and say you oppose every aspect of the plan to expand the airport, with as little or as much detail as you want, and attach the alternative facts link”
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coalition have produced six ‘Alternative Facts’ factsheets (which you can view/download further down this page) or from the No 3rd Runway Coalition website.
One of our members has already prepared a ‘template’ response, the text of which you can view here. This can be used as it is, but ideally you could use it as a starting point to create your own message.
We suggest just picking one or two fact sheets, and combining some of the points into a letter of several paragraphs. Even just adding a few additional facts (from the factsheets) that resonate for you personally to this template would make your message stand out.
We are also looking for a few volunteers to write alternative letters – so that we can offer several different response templates here, for the residents of Lewisham to select from.
If you do create a different message using the guidelines above, or an entirely new one of your own, we would love it if you could share it with us, so that we can add it as template here. We would of course only use the text, and not your personal details.
Our aim is to have several different versions that we can distribute via our networks, for easy emailing to the Consultation.
If you are able to help out, please feel free to ask any questions and / or send your completed version to climateactionlewisham[AT]gmail.com. We will collate the responses and prepare a sheet of options to be distributed via our networks.
Ideally, we’d work to a deadline of Tuesday 27 August, which will allow any relevant feedback from the Heathrow Event on Wednesday 21st to be incorporated, and also recognises limited time over the bank holiday.
The email address for your consultation response is email@example.com
- Alternative Facts – Noise
- Alternative Facts – Finance
- Alternative Facts – Economics
- Alternative Facts – Connectivity
- Alternative Facts – Climate impact
- Alternative Facts – Air Pollution
- 5 Actions for Local Groups
- Runway For the Few
- Heathrow Statutory Consultation Impacts Summary
Letter from Vicky Foxcroft to a local resident
Thank you for your email about the proposed third runway at Heathrow. Parliament voted on the Heathrow expansion last year, and in the end MPs voted by 415 to 119 in favour of building a third runway. It was a difficult decision, but in the end I decided to support expansion at Heathrow due to the need to create new jobs and generate economic growth.
I believe it is important to consider our position as a global nation, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Expanding Heathrow will boost the national economy by tens of billions of pounds and create over 100,000 jobs across the UK. Moreover, many of these jobs will be skilled, unionised and well-paid, and many new apprenticeship opportunities will also be created. We must also consider the reality that if we do not expand our airport capacity in the UK, new runways will be built elsewhere in Europe and the net environmental impact will be the same.
However, I appreciate the significant environmental concerns on this issue, including traffic noise, air quality and climate change, which I agree are very important. The Government and Heathrow airport have outlined intentions to alleviate these issues, such as by having electric vehicle fleets and less noisy, less polluting aircraft.
I will ensure that we seek further clarification from the Government on how these will be addressed; I want to reassure you that I will be doing all I can to ensure that the Government and Heathrow stick to their promises on the environmental impact. For example, since the vote I have organised two public meetings in the constituency with representatives from Heathrow in which constituents have had the opportunity to voice their concerns and hold Heathrow to account on their environmental promises. I plan to continue holding public meetings, so please let me know if you are interested in attending the next meeting so I can make sure you are invited.
I will continue to have regular meetings with management at Heathrow and I will put forward my environmental concerns, as well as concerns about noise and flights paths. I intend to communicate with them on a long-term basis to ensure that they stick to their promises.
Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.
Vicky Foxcroft (Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford)
Additional web links
Campaigning against concentrated flight paths over South East London. We want to ensure that the wellbeing of residents in South East London becomes a No 1 Priority for our politicians and government
Stop Heathrow Expansion (SHE) is a residents-led campaign organisation opposing any expansion of Heathrow Airport, including the proposed third runway. Established in 2014, SHE is campaigning for a better quality of life for all residents to be free from the threat of their homes being demolished or pollution harming their children. They have produced an informative online booklet entitled ‘Heathrow’s Preferred Disasterplan’ .
“A voice for those under Heathrow flightpaths”. Has a useful “10 Myths Busted” page
An umbrella movement networking the interested environmental organisations, airport community groups, and individuals opposed to unsustainable aviation expansion, and its damaging environmental effects, including climate change, noise and air pollution.
“The effects of climate change present challenges to the Project and the airport in the future”. No kidding.
“The climate change assessment focusses on how expansion could be affected by climate change so we can ensure that the design will be able to cope with projected future climate change effects.”