Residents speak out over Heathrow flight path trials

Residents speak out over Heathrow flight path trials

Francis Batt

Villagers in Old Windsor are reeling after days of non-stop aircraft noise misery.

Flight path trials introduced by Heathrow to widen the number of departure routes has hit them hard.

Bill Markham, 50, of Ham Island, said: "I have lived here for a decade but the difference today and yesterday was incredible.

"It is almost impossible to sit quietly at home and work.

"I could hear three planes flying in different directions simultaneously at one point."

Cllr Lynne Jones, who represents the village on the Royal Borough lives in William Ellis Close.

She said: "It is horrendous, absolutely horrendous. It is just constant, one a minute.

"I have been woken at 4.30am and it goes on till midnight."

Windsor's MP Adam Afriyie who has a home in the village said on his website: "My postbag and inbox are full of letters and emails from concerned residents who have contacted me to say that the noise from these aircraft is disturbing and alarming.

“I have also been in contact with Heathrow Airport to request more information about these trials and express constituents’ concerns directly. Heathrow Airport Ltd must take these concerns seriously and I urge them to find a solution that is acceptable to the local community."

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