The public meeting held on 13th October was attended by over 1,000 local residents, all concerned about the increase in aircraft noise we’ve been experiencing. The CAA confirmed at that meeting that the new flight paths trial will finish earlier than planned on the 12th November. No guarantees however were offered by any of the officials attending that further trials may not take place or that, indeed, these new flight paths may not be implemented.
A number of residents have commented that, even following the end of the current trial, aircraft appear to still be flying low and over the new flight paths. If you are feel you are still being impacted by noise, you can continue to submit noise complaints to Heathrow by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website and submit a complaint online: http://www.heathrowairport.com/noise/what-you-can-do/make-a-complaint-about-noise
There is a also a Heathrow Noise Twitter feed you can monitor: https://twitter.com/HeathrowNoise
It is difficult to believe that these trials have nothing to do with potential expansion and a third runway at Heathrow. The recommendation on the third runway will be made by the Airports Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies.
PUBLIC COMMENT INVITED! The Commission published on the 11th November its assessment of proposals for additional runway capacity at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and are inviting public comment on them. The consultation period will run for 12 weeks until Tuesday 3 February 2015. You can read or download their report from their website, which also includes details on how to respond to the consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/increasing-the-uks-long-term-aviation-capacity
Windsor and Maidenhead Council is actively campaigning against a third runway at Heathrow. If you wish to register your support for their campaign, email them at: email@example.com
A new petition has been started, calling for Heathrow, NATS and the CAA to return all flights to the same pattern as prevailed before October 2013. If you wish to support this petition, sign it here: Change.org: Heathrow flights petition
There is also a new petition against further expansion at Heathrow: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-third-runway