I see the residents of Sipson village strongly oppose the extension of Heathrow, and they are entitled to their opinions as everybody is, and should be listened to.

May I ask what has this village got to lose and what could be gained? How many businesses are there and how many do they employ and do they contribute to the economy? Sipson's residents must remember that in the past, valleys and good agricultural land was acquired throughout Britain to build reservoirs, and I believe villages and farm buildings were lost forever so that millions of homes could have clean water. Past projects can be seen throughout the country. Just imagine if everybody opposed progress then.

I have asked previously in this newspaper: why do people purchase property near the airport and then complain about safety and noise? I am sure there is property they could purchase elsewhere.

No doubt Heathrow was operational before many of the people who are now complaining were born. I would like the residents who are affected by this extension in any way to be well compensated to move elsewhere and then Heathrow could expand as quickly as possible. Just think of the business and employment, and the wealth it would bring to the area and the country.

Past generations worked very hard to make Britain great, the future generations will work hard to pay off the debt we have got ourselves into with some of the present generation whose high salaries and inexperience have contributed to the mess we are now in. May I suggest a good day's work for a good day's pay for all. Poverty will remain with us as long as there is greed and selfishness.