Heathrow Compensation Scheme

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2165
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What conversations has the Mayor had with Heathrow Airport ltd regarding the proposed £550m fund for noise insulation schemes, and will the Mayor be engaging with the airport to ensure their commitment to insulate homes continues regardless of expansion at their site or none?

Answer

Answer for Heathrow Compensation Scheme

Answer for Heathrow Compensation Scheme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Heathrow Airport's proposal is for a privately funded scheme and they have not consulted me about it.

Such a clear acknowledgement from Heathrow management that the airport could and should be doing more to provide noise mitigation measures to local people is welcome. The recent Managing Aviation Noise report published by the Civil Aviation Authority revealed that Heathrow spends a significantly smaller amount on noise mitigation measures per passenger than the other major European airports. Amsterdam Schiphol spends more than five times as much per passenger, for instance.

There is a strong case to argue that the proposed fund should indeed be in place regardless of whether the airport is expanded. I would welcome your support in securing that outcome.