• Short Summary

    The village of Fernhill in Surrey (UK), has no church, no pub, no shops, and if most of its residents have their way, it won't be long before it has no people either.

  • Description

    The village of Fernhill in Surrey (UK), has no church, no pub, no shops, and if most of its residents have their way, it won't be long before it has no people either.

    It's just too noisy to live there any more, they say.

    Fornhill is nice enough. It's only got about thirty houses, all neatly placed in a lush green belt with ponds, mushrooms, trees and even a few orchids. But it's only about half a mile (.8KM) from Gatwick Airport and right below the flight path of hundreds of jets every day.

    The jets fly as low as 150 feet (45 metres) above the feeftops as they take off and leave Gatwick, which has become London's second busiest jetport.

    Some of the residents have tried having their windows double-glazed. They've had extra insulation stuffed into their ceilings. Others have just tried to "got accustomed to it all".

    But it's not working. A couple of the residents say the noise and vibration of the jets has caused glass windows to break. It's been blamed for family arguments. Telephone calls are often a waste of time. Conversations with neighbours are just about impossible, and one flower gardener blames the deluge of decibels for making his prize blooms wilt.

    What was left of the rural bliss of Fornhill was finally eaten away by another problem, on the ground. The newly finished M23 link motorway, complete with its thundering semi-trailers, goes right down one side of the village.

    Fornhill has a sad record of the airline business, tee. Four years ago, a Boeing 727 crashed onto the village, killing 48 passengers and two villagers.

    So the villagers have thrown in the towel. They've collectively decided to put their village up for sale. They're trying to got Government permission to sell the village as an industrial site. They want GBP 4-million (about $10-Million US) and despite the noise, they say the village would be ideal for light industry.

    On Wednesday (15 August), some of the villagers explained that they wanted to cut their losses and find somewhere quiet to live.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9MN66DNRWL9TT7Z8VKEGGN7IO
    Media URN:
    VLVA9MN66DNRWL9TT7Z8VKEGGN7IO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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