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Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:58:23 Greenwich Mean Time

            WIMBLEDON UNION OF RESIDENTS’
                   ASSOCIATIONS
                                          Newsletter 55

Heathrow Expansion/Consultation
The following article is an excellent explanation of the situation regarding the changes
going on at Heathrow. I am grateful to the committee of the Residents’ Association of
West Wimbledon (RAWW) for giving me permission to pass it on to you.

At the recent RAWW Annual General Meeting, our guest speaker was John Stewart from the
Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN). The meeting was very well attended
and there were many questions from the floor. Judging by the attendance and the number of
questions, the problem of aircraft noise is one that is exercising residents. For those that were not
able to attend the AGM, these are his slides, and John's key messages are summarised below. Or
see the last bookmark in this file.

There are currently four separate but related areas of activity, all of which aim to increase capacity at
Heathrow and all of which could increase aircraft noise over West Wimbledon. The four areas are:
      Third Runway;
      Flight Path re-design;
      Independent Parallel Approaches;
      Introduction of 25k additional flights per annum prior to the construction of the proposed third
      runway.
The key points regarding the proposed third runway are:

      700 more flights per day – additional flights will be phased in over a number of years;
      Impact on West Wimbledon unclear due to lack of clarity on new flight paths;
      Public inquiry in late 2020, early 2021;
Decision is expected late 2021.
John senses that there has been a change of mood in Parliament over the past year and that the
third runway is far from a ‘done deal’. Boris Johnson has been very guarded with his comments and
the Labour Party appears to be considering cancelling the third runway if elected in December.

The Civil Aviation Authority is managing the process for flight path re-design. The key points are

      the re-design needs to take account of all airports in SE England;
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the re-design needs to take account of all airports in SE England;
      Heathrow is currently designing its proposed flight paths, assuming a third runway is built;
      the consultation on flight paths is expected to take place in 2022, i.e. after a decision on a third
        runway at Heathrow.
Heathrow wants to introduce Independent Parallel Approaches as it believes that this procedure
will reduce delays, particularly in the early morning peak period. The impact on West Wimbledon is
that we may have early morning arrivals over our area during the peak period although John felt that
the risk of this was relatively low as, if the planes were over Wimbledon, they would have to turn very
sharply to line up with the runways.

Finally, Heathrow is seeking to introduce a further 25,000 flights per annum. The annual cap on
flights is currently 480,000 and the actual number of flights is c. 475,000. The additional flights would
breach the cap and would require planning consent.

All of these activities have the potential to increase aircraft noise over West Wimbledon. The
consultation events associated with these plans are very complicated and, potentially, confusing. That
there are four activities makes understanding and responding to consultations even more
challenging. However, as a community, we must continue to resist Heathrow’s plans. As mentioned
earlier, John feels that there is a change of mood in Parliament – if we keep fighting, along with other
pressure groups, we can prevail. Keep sending your complaints about aircraft noise to the Heathrow
noise complaints line by emailing noise@heathrow.com.

7.00pm 10th December St Mark’s Church SW19 7ND
Tickets for the Wimbledon Guild Carol Service on 10 December are now on sale!

The service will be held at St Mark’s Church SW19 7ND, and feature performances from
The Study Wimbledon and Bishop Gilpin Church of England Primary School.

Doors at 6.30pm with the performances starting at 7pm, and drinks and mince pies to
follow!

More information and artwork can be downloaded from our dedicated website
page: https://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk/our-fundraising-events/event/114/wimbledon-
guild-carol-service

And the direct booking link should you need it is:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wimbledon-guild-carol-service-tickets-78953537155?
aff=LoConts

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WIMBLEDON CHORAL
                  Wimbledon Choral Society Christmas Concert
                   Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 3pm and 6pm
     St Paul’s Church (Parkside), 120 Augustus Road, Southfields, SW19 6EV

We hold two performances of our Christmas Concert for Choir & Audience; such is the
popularity of this event. In the wonderful acoustics that St Paul’s Church has to offer,
come and hear the choir in full voice with a mix of familiar and new items, and give your
voice a good exercise by joining us in the traditional carols.
“Wimbledon Choral Society is one of the most substantial – and formidable-choirs in
London”, Church Times, 24 May 2019
Tickets from www.wimbledon-choral.org.uk

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12 days of festive Christmas Market
             on The Piazza
              Join us this weekend!
  Saturday & Sunday 11am - 6pm on The Piazza

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Award-Winning Stalls

Bustling stalls, twinkling lights, holiday music and festive
aromas, enjoy doing your Christmas shopping at our Market
on The Piazza.

Featuring award-winning market stalls and dog friendly!

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Unique Gifts

                          The Christmas Market is a gre for your
                          loved ones, from secre super special gifts
                                                                               at place
                          across a b handmade by local artisans.
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Festive Delights

Find original art, homewares, clothing and accessories,
children’s books, handmade dolls, Christmas decorations,
soaps, candles and more!

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Tasty Treats

As Christmas is the time to be merry, indulge in hot street food or savour a tipple
while you browse. Enjoy tasty treats, including a wonderful variety of Christmas
cakes, puddings and savoury delights.

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With up to 50 stalls at each market and different traders each weekend, no two market days

Weekends 23 November – 22 December
11am – 6pm

Plus Fridays, 13 December & 20 December
11am – 7pm

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Conservators General Open Meeting
9th December 2019 from 7.00pm
London Scottish Golf Club, Windmill Car Park

The Conservator's Open Meeting - come along for an opportunity to talk to the
Conservators

Carols at the Windmill

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Carols at the Windmill
14th December 2019 from 3.00pm
Wimbledon Windmill
               We are delighted to invite you to join us
                           for the annual
                      "Carols at the Windmill"
                                     concert on
                          Saturday 14th December
                             starting at 3.00pm

Event Details
Location: The Windmill, Wimbledon Common SW19 5NR

Time: From 3.00pm

Cost: This event is free of charge but donations gratefully accepted

Refreshments: Mulled wine and mince pies

Booking: Not required

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Nature Notes by Tony Drakeford
We are extremely fortunate to have Tony Drakeford living in our area. Tony is a renowned naturalist,
photographer, and author.
His reputation grew as a result of his Nature Notes column first published in the Wimbledon News 15 years
ago and subsequently in the Wandsworth Borough News, Surrey Comet and other newspapers.

At first glance, the plumage of some birds may appear dull and unaSracTve, but close inspecTon will
reveal a myriad of tones and shades, every nuance a subtle blend of iridescence , especially when
viewed highlighted in low winter sunshine.
Into this category can be placed the starling. A basic shiny black, its plumage is shot with purple and
green, speckled with mulT coloured yellow spots.
Even the carrion crow with glossy black plumage reflects green and purple in certain lights.
Another shining example is the cormorant. The photo depicts one along the Kingston towpath, wings
outstretched to dry and assist digesTon, with striking burnished metallic greenish-bronze feathers, not
black as they usually appear.
Anglers despise the cormorant complaining that the birds can rapidly deplete fish stocks. Of course, fish
is their staple diet but what about herons, great crested grebes, kingfishers and in summer, common
terns patrolling the river and diving on small fry swimming just below the surface? Then there are
voracious underwater predators such as pike and perch both of which feed mainly on fish/ So, the
cormorant comes under some harsh and unfair criTcism because of its lifestyle but its rather primiTve
pterodactyl - like appearance is decepTvely beauTful as the photo shows.

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Impact of Heathrow
    Expansion
     John Stewart
     Chair HACAN
Separate but Related

   Third Runway             Independent Parallel
                              Approaches

   Flight Path Changes      25,000 more flights
                              before a 3rd Runway
Third Runway

   Eventually over 700 more planes a day

   To be brought in in stages – noise envelope

   Night Flight changes

   Decision on 3rd Runway expected 2021
Flight Path Changes
   Different Process – laid down by the CAA

   Heathrow currently designing new flight paths

   Must fit in with airspace changes at other SE
    airports

   Consultation on detailed flight paths expected
    2022
‘Respite’ part of the new package
Departures
Departures
Independent Parallel Approaches
Independent Parallel Appoaches
25,000 more flights

   To come in before a 3rd runway opens
Timetable
   Summer 2020: Independent Parallel
    Approaches Consultation

   Summer 2020: Heathrow submits 3rd
    runway application

   Late 2020/early 2021: Public Inquiry into
    3rd runway
Timetable (cont)
   End 2021: Decision on 3rd runway (incl
    25,000 extra flights before it opens

   Early 2022: Detailed flight path options
    put out to consultation

   2026: Third runway expected to open.
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