1st meeting report

A “RUN(A)WAY” SUCCESS!

Our launch meeting filled a hall at Holy Innocents Church in Paddenswick Road. The meeting was supported by the Council and our MP, and filmed by the BBC (broadcast details will be sent out when known). It resulted in a 50% increase in members, a doubling of our funds and more volunteers for the Management Committee.

John Stewart, Chair of HACAN, provided a very clear update on the issues. This informed a high quality debate from the floor:

“If you’ve never lived on a flightpath, you don’t quite get what’s coming!”

Not knowing what it was like to live under a flightpath was identified as a key challenge for residents of Shepherds Bush and much of Hammersmith as they do not currently experience significant aircraft noise.

Ideas proposed for raising awareness included a short film about local places already marred by aircraft noise:

  • to illustrate how other parts of the local environment could be affected involving schools particularly parents,

The problems arising from increased passenger numbers at Heathrow:

  • identifying problems with air quality and road congestion
  • overcrowding on the Piccadilly Line