Chiswick House Friends Say NO To Heathrow Expansion

ChiswickHouse_Leigh-CousinsChiswick House in west London is one of the most glorious examples of 18th century British architecture. The design of the gardens has had a lasting influence on English garden planning over the centuries.

The site is a local, national, and international treasure. It is also a haven of peace and tranquillity – a place where individuals and families from far and wide come to walk in the quiet of a heritage garden or enjoy community events. It is a jewel with timeless architecture and vistas, and an atmosphere close to nature. It has recently benefitted from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy this elegant classical villa and its grounds.

If Heathrow is expanded with a third runway, the flight path sound blanket will cover the gardens and blight visits and the events on which the income for maintenance depends. Flights will increase from the current 480,000 per year to over 740,000. Aircraft will fly over the gardens at 2,000 feet every 90 seconds and the grounds will no longer be a place where people can come to relax and restore their spirits. If instead the existing northern runway is extended, removing runway alternation, then open air events such as our annual opera will still be ruined.

More widely, the noise footprint will affect a million people. Air pollution in West London, already exceeding limits, will rise and the health of its residents and workers will suffer even more. A third runway will increase emissions of carbon dioxide from Heathrow aircraft substantially, at a time when we should be resisting climate change. Traffic will increase on roads already heavily congested.

The Chiswick House Friends, a growing group of people who live in and around west London and support the House and Gardens, strongly object to the expansion of Heathrow by the building of a third runway.

Help us oppose the further expansion of Heathrow and protect international treasures such as Chiswick House and Gardens.

  • Write now to: David Cameron, reminding him of his 2009 ‘no ifs, no buts, no 3rd runway’ promise, or to Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, House of Commons, London SW1A
  • Join the rally against Heathrow expansion in Central London at 11am on 10th October
  • Join HACAN or one of the many online petition groups