Actually I'm quite symppathetic to bigpappa. Pre 6.00am arrivals and the associated noise does affect alot of residents of West London, not just those in Feltham, Hounslow and Hatton Cross.
Don't get me wrong, I'm interested in aviation but even after a long stretch (over 12 hours) at LHR
, photographing etc, the noise does irritate. Just try putting up with it on a daily basis.
Not surprisingly, the old 'you shouldn't live next to an airport' argument has been trotted out. I would say to some of the non UK residents, I don't think you can appreciate the sheer number of aircraft movements until you see it. As for relocating, the big problem for people working and living around London is the lack of affordable property. People are generally being pushed out into the outskirts of London. Moreover, I think some non resident contributors don't realise how cramped living in the UK is!
Obviously there always should be an element of 'buyer beware' in any purchase but it is a known fact that estate agents in that part of the world tend to show clients around during the quieter periods of the day a they are aware of the runway rotation system at Heathrow.
As for shift workers, moving arrival times, say half to a full hour, wouldn't make an awful lot of difference.