Rachel's October Update

October saw the culmination of all the work that has gone into setting ourselves up as an organisation, making it a very busy month for the HCEB. We had the first meetings of our Board of Directors and both Strategic Advisory Groups. In addition, I have met with local residents, the Executive Director of Expansion at Heathrow, the Head of Community Engagement at NATS, the CAA, the Secretary of State for Transport and the Minister for Aviation.

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Sam Matthews
Now Closed - Job Advert: Residents Advisor

We are looking to appoint a Residents Adviser to provide a high-quality advice service that supports residents to access sources of assistance in regard to the day-to-day operations of Heathrow Airport as well as the various compensation schemes proposed by Heathrow if expansion goes ahead.  The Residents Adviser is a pivotal role and will ensure that residents can get clear, reliable and impartial information on a wide range of complex matters.

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Sam Matthews
Frequently Asked Questions about the HCEB

The Heathrow Community Engagement Board Ltd (HCEB Ltd) was setup and appointed its independent chair earlier this year. Below we take the opportunity to answer some frequently asked questions from the Heathrow community about ourselves. If you have a question about us, please get in touch with the team by emailing info@hceb.org.uk

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Sam Matthews
Independence and Communication - Priorities from HCEB's First Forum

The Heathrow Community Engagement Board (HCEB) had its first forum on Tuesday 18 July. Over 60 key stakeholders representing a broad cross section of the Heathrow community (full list below) met for a discussion around what the priorities of the HCEB should be. It also heard from Heathrow Airport about the next steps of the proposed expansion consultation and had a presentation from independent advisor and former lead inspector of the Planning Inspectorate, Gideon Amos OBE about what good consultation looks like. 

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Sam Matthews
Statement by the HCEB on the House of Commons vote in favour of the NPS statement

Today's vote in the House of Commons allows Heathrow to further develop its expansion plans and ultimately seek planning consent. Whilst there are very mixed reactions to this news, not least amongst the local communities, there are also many shared concerns including noise, air quality, night flights and traffic congestion. For those people living or working within the compulsory purchase zone, the impact of the MPs' decision will be immediate and profound.

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Mark Izatt
Rachel blogs about her first month

When I took up my post 4 weeks ago, I said my highest priority was getting out and about, meeting people in the local communities and hearing their views, especially Heathrow's closest neighbours. I have spent much of my time doing just that, with several visits to the closest villages and more planned in the near future. 

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Mark Izatt