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The Cranford Agreement


In 1952 the UK Government and the residents of Cranford, just east of Heathrow Airport’s north runway, brokered a verbal deal called the Cranford Agreement. While planes flying into Heathrow would still be able to have their final descent over Cranford, the agreement prohibited planes taking off to the east, to give Cranford some respite from noise.

The Cranford Agreement is set to be scrapped. While this will mean Cranford will suffer more noise and pollution, it will mean areas to the west of Heathrow, such as Windsor in Berkshire, will now benefit from less plane traffic.

Environmental justice is not about opposing environmental pollution per se – it is about trying to attain a fair distribution of the burdens of environmental problems, so that no communities are unfairly impacted. It is a contentious point whether the dissolution of the Cranford Agreement more fairly distributes the burden between communities to the east and west of the airport.

In any case, the Cranford community see nothing fair in the prospect of what will be relentless noise from Heathrow.

(See more examples below of planes flying very low over Cranford as they prepare to land at Heathrow Airport)