Hillingdon Community Trust is working to revitalise villages near Heathrow where employment has suffered following the third runway debate.
Many people in Sipson took advantage of BAA’s offer to buy their houses while the debate was running, and now those homes sit mainly empty as they are refurbished, reports the Uxbridge Gazette. This has an effect on local businesses, as there are simply less people in the villages.
Hillingdon Community Trust was formed following Terminal 5’s construction using section 106 money from the project. It is looking at Sipson and Harmondsworth and how they can be revitalised. Christine Little, a trustee, told the Gazette: “There is a great enthusiasm for regenerating the community in the area.” Measures could include setting up a business forum and some small physical improvements in places like Harmondsworth Park.