I read the letter you published from Sally Pavey who remarked “We do not wish the misery of more planes over the residents of Heathrow, but at the same time we do not want Heathrow down here”
Two days later we stayed in the Thames Valley to attend a family wedding. We spent most of the time in Windsor, and, I have to say that the noise and disruption was far worse than we expected.
The weather was fine, therefore, it was too warm inside the restaurant we tried on Friday, so we went outside. On such a hot day it seemed weird that we were the only customers to do this, but, we soon found out why. Aircraft over our heads were so loud that it was not possible to hold a conversation except by shouting at each other. After the first few minutes I timed the interruptions. Although take-offs themselves were not one a minute, the time from the ending of disruptive noise till the start of another was just under 59 seconds, and, it went on and on. It never stopped.
We attended the wedding reception in a marquee. The reception itself was disrupted by the continual aircraft noise and, further disruption resulted from the heavy airport-related traffic which caused predictable traffic jams so the wedding itself could not run to schedule. On Saturday we took a look at the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle. It was quite hard trying to listen to the band as the aircraft roared overhead. We took the chance of a cruise on the River Thames, that was not the peaceful experience we hoped for, and for the same reason.
We returned home on Sunday. Crawley and Sussex seem tranquil by comparison (but not for much longer if GAL has its way) and all zero economic benefit to Crawley.
So, after our trip I know far more clearly what Sally Pavey meant.
David Ashton, Pound Hill
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