Some choice quotes from the report:
"Ruth Hatton was born in 1963. Between 1991 and 1997 she lived in East Sheen with her husband and two children.
Peter Thake was born in 1965. From 1990 until 1998, he lived in Hounslow with his partner. His home in Hounslow was situated 4.4 km from Heathrow airport and slightly to the north of the southern flight path.
John Hartley was born in 1948 and has lived with his wife at his present address in Richmond since 1989.
Philippa Edmunds was born in 1954 and lives with her husband and two children in East Twickenham. She has lived at her present address since 1992.
John Cavalla was born in 1925. From 1970 to 1996 he lived with his wife in Isleworth, directly under the flight path of the northern runway at Heathrow.
Jeffray Thomas was born in 1928 and lives in Kew with his wife and two sons, and the wife and son of one of those sons. The family have lived at their present address since 1975, in a house lying between the north and south Heathrow flight paths. According to the Government, it is 10.7 km from Heathrow.
Richard Bird was born in 1933 and lived in Windsor for 30 years until he retired in December 1998. His house in Windsor was directly under the westerly flight path to Heathrow airport. According to the Government, it was 11.5 km from Heathrow.
Tony Anderson was born in 1932 and has lived since 1963 in Touchen End, under the approach to runway 09L at Heathrow airport and, according to the Government."
Maybe the last guy could say he was there before the airport got really big, but IMO none of the others can say they were there before it was noisy. I've only only been living here for two years but even I notice how it has got quieter in that time, less MD
-80's, no more scheduled 737 classics, no more Balkan flights, all BA747 classics withdrawn and soon no more Concorde.
The argument these leeches were putting forward was that the change in night flights quotas in 1993 was an intrusion on their human rights etc, of course these people are entitled to a good nights sleep-but so are the rest of us, and in the areas immediately around LHR
(i.e. the noisiest) such as Feltham, Staines, Hounslow and Hayes large numbers of people do not have the luxury of a normal sleep pattern because they have to work at 5 am or through the night to deliver the post, open up the train stations, sweep the streets or , heaven forbid, work at Heathrow. Undisturbed sleep is asvaluable to them as it should be to everyone else so for a ban on night flights to be truly egalitarian it would require a curfew from 2000hrs to 1100hrs evry day.
Here's the report:
Read Section 1: The facts of the case to what they were complaining about.
And the final result:
The Uk Governments position was upheld by-
12 votes to 5 in respect of Article 8 (Breach of human rights)
16 votes to 1 in respect of Article 13 (Response of government to Article 8)
15 votes to 2 in respect of Article 14 (Compensation)
£4000 was granted to each complainant as compensation plus the costs listed in an earlier post.
you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll