As well as our efforts to manage noise at the airport, we aim to help local people address issues of concern to them. We support people into training and jobs through our Heathrow Academy and also through our careers fair. We support children in local schools with education programmes and we have helped to pay for for an adobe building in a school under a flight path so the children can enjoy some outdoor lessons.
So when we fine airlines for breaking noise limits, we put that money to good use in our local communities.
The fines are combined with money donated by Heathrow and each year around £750,000 is distributed by the Heathrow Community Fund to local community projects. The fund makes grants to local charitable initiatives in three areas:
- to support young people in their development in both education and skills development
- for projects that help protect the environment or encourage sustainable development and eco-education
- a wide range of smaller community focused projects.
It is the second of these – the environmental projects – that are funded by fines we have levied from airlines for breaking noise limits. The scheme is known as Communities for Tomorrow and is open to local authorities, schools and community groups within the nine local boroughs around Heathrow (Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond, Runnymede, Slough, Spelthorne, South Bucks, Windsor and Maidenhead).