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Elmbridge man warns against health dangers of Heathrow expansion

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Elmbridge man warns against health dangers of Heathrow expansion

Published at 11:51am 7th April 2017. (Updated at 10:07am 28th April 2017)

An Elmbridge man has warned residents of health dangers from the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport.

It’s claimed that a third runway would see the airport provide up to 740,000 flights per year.

Jan Coebergh lives in Hinchley Wood and is part of the group RAGE (Residents Action Group Elmbridge).

He tells Eagle: "Having an extra 200,000 flights and a vague promise to actually reduce traffic and air pollution, which is currently breaching all legal limits, it's just not credible, the idea that there will be less pollution, less noise.

"There was a study done in 2013 of the areas around Heathrow, that showed the areas with more pollution had 30% more strokes and heart attacks, so there's a clear, well done study showing that it actually kills and causes permanent disability".

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"In Elmbridge, in all the high streets, it's breaching European limits at the moment, and around Heathrow of course it breaches limits. So, the combination of noise and air pollution certainly does affect the health of the people of Elmbridge.

"If you put the tobacco industry in charge of tobacco regulation, if you put the car industry in charge of diesel emissions, and if you put the airline industry and an airport in charge of air pollution, it's just not credible."

"The truth is we really can't trust these people to take our health into account".

However, a report on Heathrow's website states that a third runway would:

• Result in less people being exposed to aircraft noise than today;

• Result in less night-time noise exposure than today; and

• Could provide significant decreases in noise exposure for more people than significant increases in noise exposure, compared to today.

Another report says that “by 2030, with a third runway in operation at Heathrow, there will be no infringements of the legal limit for annual, average NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) at locations outside the airport perimeter where members of the public may be exposed, that is, at residential and other places of relevant exposure.”

The government is carrying out an extended consultation, to see if Heathrow can fulfil its obligations in terms of noise and air pollution, with the expansion.

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