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Disruption to Heathrow Flight Patterns

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Heathrow just wanted to let you know that between 3 October and 18 December major construction work is required to rebuild one of the taxiways adjacent to the northern runway. The taxiway is used by aircraft exiting the runway after landing when the airport is on easterly operations. Its closure means that the number of aircraft that can land is restricted on that runway due to the longer time that planes will remain on the runway until they can exit using an alternative taxiway.

 

To maintain safe operations and mitigate the impact of this work, during periods of easterly operations we will have to land some aircraft (an extra two per hour) on the southern runway after 7am while the work is being carried out.

 

They have made every effort to minimise the impact on local communities – this timeframe was chosen due to lower traffic volumes and based on historic data there is a 20% risk of easterly operations during this period. However, they recognise that this may cause disruption to communities around the airport and therefore they wish to apologise in advance.

 

 

 

Heathrow takes step towards carbon neutrality

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Heathrow has announced its investment in an unique project in UK aviation: the restoration of UK peatlands to offset carbon emissions.  Working with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and DEFRA, Heathrow’s first restoration priority will be Little Woolden Moss, part of Chat Moss which is a larger area of peat bog land, west of Manchester, it has been subject to commercial peat extraction for over 15 years.

 

The restoration of the UK’s peatland bogs, forms part of Heathrow’s plans to be a carbon neutral airport by 2020. By supporting research into the climate benefits of peatland restoration, Heathrow hopes to show that projects like this will make a good option for airlines’ CORSIA commitments – an international agreement to deliver carbon neutral growth in aviation from 2020.  This pilot project will also help explore opportunities for peatland to deliver cost effective carbon offsetting alongside a range of other benefits including biodiversity, water quality, and flood protection.

 

Heathrow’s aim is to operate zero carbon airport infrastructure by 2050, meaning that the day to day operation of the airport infrastructure results in no emissions of greenhouse gases.  As part of the progress made against these plans, Heathrow has also announced that Terminal 2 is now powered by entirely renewable means: 124 solar panels on its roof, an on-site biomass boiler using locally sourced forestry waste and renewable gas and electricity supplies. With all of Heathrow running on 100% renewable electricity since April 2017, Heathrow is already nearly 80% towards its zero carbon airport goal.

 

Heathrow has invested more than £94,000 in Little Woolden Moss to restore 70 hectares of peatland that has up until now been used for extraction. According to DEFRA indicators, the restoration of this project area could lead to savings of 22,427 tonnes of CO2 over 30 years – equivalent to nearly 64,000 passenger journeys from Heathrow to New York. Following this initial pilot project, Heathrow plans to invest in more peatland restoration projects over the next two years, and the airport is already exploring other locations.

 

Taking the lead in restoring peatlands as carbon sinks is a long-term project announced in Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s sustainability strategy.  The UK has seen a catastrophic loss of peatland habitat until today – with 94% of the country’s natural peatland either destroyed or damaged.  Peatlands still represent the UK’s biggest store of carbon, and studies have revealed that if all the UK’s bogs were in favourable conditions they would have the potential to remove and assimilate an additional 3 million tonnes of carbon a year.1

 

Heathrow has recently signed up to the global Science Based Targets Initiative, pledging that it will align its emissions targets with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees. The airport has also achieved the Level 2 Carbon Trust Supply Chain Standard, one of only 11 companies to be accredited and the first airport.  The standard recognises Heathrow’s work with its suppliers to target year-on-year reductions in supply chain carbon emissions.

 

The restoration of Little Woolden Moss will take place over three years, and the restored site will continue to be publicly accessible for cycling, walks, and community events.  The restoration will involve pumping water to the site, planting native plant species, and eventually allowing the area to fully restore its rich habitat and wildlife – including species like the common lizard, Black Darter Dragonfly, Brown Hare and the rare Bog Bush Cricket.

 

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said:

 

“We are very excited to announce our partnership with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, and explore how UK peatlands can be used as a carbon offsetting tool. Climate change is the greatest challenge our generation is facing and while this is just the first of many projects, we hope it will be a model for the aviation industry to follow.”

 

Anne Selby, Chief Executive of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust said:

 

“The Trust has been working for over 30 years to restore these globally important habitats and fight for their protection. This has been made possible by the support of our key funders, members and local businesses who have supported our work for many years. We are pleased that Heathrow are joining them in protecting the future of our UK peatlands. Our wildlife is under threat and now is the time for us all to stand together to protect the future of our natural world; we must all be part of the solution”

 

 

Besides tackling emissions from its own buildings and infrastructure and investing in offsetting, Heathrow encourages airlines to use cleaner aircraft through landing charges, and through the “Fly Quiet and Green” League table, a public ranking of the best and the worst airline environmental performers.  Heathrow is addressing carbon emissions from vehicles by instituting an airside ultra-low emission zone and by supporting public transport options into the airport, including the trebling of rail capacity by 2040.

Finalists announced for the Spelthorne Means Business Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sponsors of this year’s Spelthorne Means Business Awards came together on 12th September to judge the entries in each of their categories. We were very impressed by the quality of all entries into the awards and are pleased to announce that the shortlist for each award is as follows:

 

Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Heathrow):

  • Brown Bag Crisps
  • FT Technologies
  • Pimento Connection
  • ABA Stronalva

Creative Business of the Year (sponsored by Shepperton Studios):

  • Design Incorporated
  • Zest4.TV
  • Dream Catchers Stage School

Healthy Business Award (sponsored by Everyone Active):

  • ABS Personal Training
  • dnata
  • Hazelwood

Best New Start Up (sponsored by The TW Magazine):

  • Willow Microbakery
  • Fat Tones
  • BusyBs Cafe

Best Business in Staines (sponsored by The Staines BID):

  • Caffe Gusto
  • Encore bridal
  • Design Incorporated

Independent Business of the Year (sponsored by the SBF):

  • Charlotte’s Chickens
  • Thames Side Brewery
  • The Thames Club

Best Small Business (sponsored by A2 Dominion):

  • Samara Cuisine
  • Dyno
  • Daisy Chain Floral Designers

The winner in each category and the overall prize for Best Business in Spelthorne (sponsored by Spelthorne Borough Council) will be announced at the gala awards’ dinner at Shepperton Studios on 11th October.

Well done to all those who are shortlisted!

Closing Soon – Spelthorne Means Business Awards

Have you entered yet?

The new Spelthorne Means Business Awards closes to new entries at the end of August 2018. If you haven’t entered your business yet then why not complete the online entry form now?

With 7 different categories there is something for every business and it is an ideal way to raise your visibility within the borough, to show customers how great you are and to thank your staff for all their hard work.

Don’t delay…. enter today!

 

Announcing the Place West London Conference 2018

Place West London

Featuring guest speaker – Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council.

Place West London’s combination of a high-level conference programme and business networking opportunities focussed on West London is unique. It’s the place for anyone involved in the sub-region to get together, share ideas, discuss the future, and make new contacts.

Attendees are drawn from:
The Public Sector
 – local authorities send senior Officers and Members  active and interested in planning, economic development, regeneration, housing, transport, environment and more.

Associations, academia and interest groups – locally based groups like Chambers of Commerce, representative membership bodies, universities and colleges send delegates to the event.

Regeneration and property – regeneration companies, property developers, investors and consultants are present, many as sponsors.

Businesses & Occupiers – many private sector operations based in West London and with a stake in its future come to use the opportunity to get their views heard, and network with others.

MORE DETAILS AND TO BOOK – HERE

Have you thought about getting an apprentice?

Have you thought about getting an apprentice but don’t know where to start?

Heathrow is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships and recently shared with us a new SME Toolkit put together by  The APPG  to help more small and medium-sized businesses recruit apprentices.

The toolkit provides practical advice and support to help SMEs hire more apprentices, as well as making recommendations to government, local councils and businesses to better promote apprenticeships to SMEs.

 You can read the toolkit here

SME Toolkit

 

 

For more information on the APPG on Apprenticeships, please go here: https://connectpa.co.uk/apprenticeships/

 

 

Spelthorne Borough Council welcomes Government go-ahead for Heathrow expansion

Spelthorne Borough Council welcomes Government go-ahead for Heathrow expansion

 

Heathrow expansion has moved one step closer with the parliamentary vote on the National Policy Statement (NPS) on 25 June, giving the go-ahead for a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport.

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: “I welcome this news, which helps remove uncertainty for our residents and businesses and represents an important milestone in what has been a very long process to date.

I remain fully committed to realising the benefits that a new north-west runway at Heathrow will bring, in terms of economic growth, boosting jobs and skills, and improving local as well as national transport connectivity.

However we should not underestimate the task ahead of us. The real work starts now. Development in our Borough must be proportionate, appropriate, and bring long-term, sustainable benefits, such as the Southern Light Rail Scheme, to Spelthorne.

We must not end up the poor relation when it comes to airport-related infrastructure and development in our Borough. That is why the Council has set up a working group of officers, led by Cabinet Member Cllr John Boughtflower, to examine in detail all of the proposals as they emerge, to provide a structured and evidence-based analysis that we will use to work with Heathrow to get the best possible deal for the Borough and a positive legacy for our communities.

Neither do we think it is acceptable that Council Taxpayers foot the bill for this comprehensive piece of work. We will be looking for full recompense for work undertaken to test the assumptions and modelling put forward by Heathrow as the detailed plans emerge, including calling in technical expertise where necessary”.

Cllr John Boughtflower, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heathrow expansion, said: “The Council’s support for Heathrow has always been heavily dependent on making sure that any negative effects are properly mitigated.

We are now going further: we intend to take every opportunity to ensure that Heathrow commit to the list of ten requirements recently put to them in our consultation response, which we think best protect the interests of the Borough’s residents, businesses and the local environment. In particular, we think that Heathrow must expand the “Wider Property Offer Zone” to our communities. We will also be making it clear to Heathrow that disproportionate and inappropriate development is not acceptable”.

 

 

Notes to editors:

Spelthorne’s list of ten requirements:

1. The Wider Property Offer Zone (WPOZ) to be expanded to cover the whole of Stanwell Moor and large parts of Stanwell
2. Parking controls to be put in place in Stanwell Moor and large parts of Stanwell and provide an on-airport taxi/private hire facility
3. HAL to provide an enhanced multi-purpose community hall for Stanwell Moor and Stanwell Village and a new leisure facility in the locality
4. No Immigration Removal Centres in the borough
5. Surface access/public transport measures including to support the light rail scheme being promoted by Spelthorne, new bus routes into Heathrow, support for Spelthorne to be included in Oyster Card zone 6, provide means to minimise vehicle movements, HAL to ensure site and traffic management during construction and cover the cost of any enforcement
6. Air quality must be no worse for residents than it is now but there should be measures to ensure continuous improvement
7. Noise experienced by residents must be no worse than it is now but there should be measures to ensure continuous improvement
8. No changes to the borough boundary
9. Night flights should be banned. Spelthorne supports reducing the number of people overflown by aircraft but more information is needed about what this means for residents
10. Staines Moor should remain undisturbed. Work to redirect the River Colne must not alter the flow or character of the river on the moor

 

Southern Light Railway Scheme

https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/15979/Southern-Light-Rail-link

 

Spelthorne Borough Council is part of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group, which is a partnership of local authorities who surround the airport looking at the wider strategic local impact of expansion.

The aim of the internal working group is to ensure that airport-related development and infrastructure in Spelthorne is proportionate, appropriate and effectively planned so that benefits are realised and negative impacts on the Borough reduced, mitigated and managed during construction and operation.

 

Heathrow cleared for take-off

Heathrow

Cleared for take-off: Parliament unlocks local jobs and growth in vote to expand Heathrow

In a landmark vote today, Parliament unambiguously backed expanding Heathrow – ending decades of political debate and local uncertainty over one of the UK’s most pressing infrastructure issues. Following years of close engagement and consultation with local communities to help shape plans for expansion, MPs from across political parties joined forces to support the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement. The vote clears the way for Heathrow to submit a planning application for the project – unlocking billions of pounds in growth, exporting opportunities and tens of thousands of new skilled jobs for local communities.

Today’s decision secures a £14bn private investment for the UK – one of the largest private projects in Europe – that will have major benefits for the local economy, stimulating growth and inward investment opportunities. Local businesses, particularly smaller to medium sized enterprises, are also set to benefit from up to 40 new long-haul trading links and double the cargo capacity at an expanded Heathrow.

Over the next 12 months alone, the airport will sign £150 million worth of contracts with British businesses, creating 900 new jobs and 200 new local apprenticeships. In his position as Chair of the Heathrow Skills Taskforce, Lord Blunkett will coordinate members to develop the talent needed today and arm a generation with the skills it needs for the future.

In addition to the tens of thousands of new jobs the project will create locally, Heathrow has taken steps to ensure expansion does not force a choice between the economy and the local environment. Heathrow has made binding commitments to deliver a £2.6bn compensation package to residents, implement a 6.5 hour ban on scheduled night flights and a triple lock guarantee to meet air quality obligations.

Parliament’s historic vote is the culmination of a rigorous, evidence-based analysis – including review by the independent Airports Commission and the Government. It has determined that expanding Heathrow offers the greatest benefit to all of the UK and can be done sustainably. Over the past six years, Heathrow has regularly consulted local communities to design an expansion plan that treats those that stand to be most impacted fairly. Heathrow will release detailed plans over the coming months to deliver a skills strategy so local residents can benefit from tens of thousands of new skilled jobs that an expanded Heathrow requires – an opportunity that has the potential to end youth unemployment in local boroughs.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:
“Parliament has ended 50 years of debate by deciding that Heathrow expansion will go ahead. This vote will see us deliver more jobs, create a lasting legacy of skills for future generations and guarantee expansion is delivered responsibility. We are grateful that MPs have made the right choice for Britain and today we start work to create the best connected hub airport in the world.”

The newly established Heathrow Community Engagement Board will play an important role in building and maintaining trust between the airport and its communities making sure that Heathrow delivers its commitments today and in the future. In particular, it will ensure that communities are meaningfully engaged in the process over the coming months and years.

Heathrow and the DIT launch ‘World of Opportunity’ Grant for SMEs

Heathrow

For the second year running, Heathrow and the Department for International Trade’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ campaign are giving a boost to 20 Exporters looking to reach new long-haul markets, for their goods or services.

The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ will award 20 SMEs with grants worth £2,000 to fund vital trade missions, participation in trade shows or foreign market research. DIT will once again support each winner to help their research and missions and promote the competition. Plaza Premium will also be providing complimentary lounge passes for the winners as they leave Heathrow on their journeys.

A panel of exporting experts including Lord Deighton, Heathrow’s Chairman and Parveen Thornhill, Head of London & Devolved Administrations from DIT will select this year’s winners.

The first ’World of Opportunity Programme‘ received over 290 applications from SMEs across the country and the programme is expected to remain as competitive this year. In order to win one of the coveted 20 grants, successful applicants will be asked to demonstrate why their business is suitable to expand their export capability as well as outline why they have identified their target overseas market.

The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ is part of Heathrow’s plan to ensure British businesses benefit from the economic opportunities the airport provides as the UK’s only hub airport and the country’s biggest port by value. In addition to this programme, for the past 21 years Heathrow has run a successful series of Business Summits around the country. The summits give SMEs the opportunity to engage directly with members of the airport’s supply chain and find out more about the opportunities that exist at the airport and around the world. As of last year, an estimated £93.4 million of new deals had been won as a result of the partnerships formed at the Summits.

Heathrow Chairman, Lord Deighton said:

“We are delighted to open the World of Opportunity SME Grants Programme for the second year in a row, in partnership with the Department for International Trade and supporting the ‘Exporting is GREAT’ Campaign.

“Last year, we helped a wonderful range of British exporters – from beauty products to specialist tyres and snow sport instructors to architects – from all across the nations and regions of the UK. We helped them explore new markets, progress their exporting ambitions and look forward to helping more SMEs this year. These SMEs are showing the world that the UK is open for business – and I am confident this year’s winners will be just as impressive.”

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said:

“Last year’s World of Opportunity Programme was enormously successful, helping to generate tens of thousands of pounds of business for SMEs from across the UK.

“There is significant demand for UK goods and services across the globe, and my international economic department is here to support businesses of all sizes as they look to seize the wealth of opportunities available.”

Appen Vice President of Language Resources in the UK Sarah Lowe said: 

“Heathrow’s World of Opportunity grant helped to fund trade mission trips to Geneva and Copenhagen, creating new growth opportunities for our business.

“The additional assistance from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in conjunction with the British Embassies in Switzerland and Denmark significantly helped us to establish new contacts and explore the prospects in these markets. Overseas export can be daunting for small businesses, but the World of Opportunity grant helped to connect us to those opportunities and we’d encourage SMEs across the country to take part.”