8/10/14 for immediate use
London City wouldn’t get away with it in Ascot
London City Airport has refused to hold public meetings to inform people of the changes it is proposing to its flight paths in its current consultation. It confirmed to the campaign group HACAN East that it did not intend to hold any meetings.
The Airport is proposing to concentrate aircraft using the airport into much narrower corridors than they use at present (1). Residents in those areas have not been informed of what is planned. There has been no door-to-door leafleting. Areas in the firing line include Bow, Leytonstone, Wanstead, Dagenham and Hornchurch north of the river. In South London Catford, Dulwich, Brixton, Stockwell and Vauxhall look like being the worst affected.
John Stewart, who chairs HACAN East, said, “There have been big protests recently in villages around Gatwick and in the Home County towns of Ascot and Sunningdale about new flight paths that Gatwick and Heathrow airports have been trialling. But at least they were only experiments and, in their final plans, both airports are committed to give their residents some respite from the noise. City Airport, by contrast, is concentrating all its flights over particular areas. And, to rub salt into the wounds, are not telling residents what’s in store for them. London City wouldn’t get away with this in Ascot.”
Stewart added, “London City is being disingenuous when it argues that the routes are not changes significantly. They most certainly are for the people who will get all the planes.”
The consultation started on the 4th September and end on the 27th November.
Notes for editors:
(1). The key consultation document is http://www.londoncityairport.com/content/pdf/LCY-LAMP-Consultation-Document.pdf . The maps are indistinct but the main ones to look at are on:
Page 22. which shows how places like Bow, Leytonstone, Wansted and Colliers Row would be impacted by take-offs on the days the west wind blows (about 75% of the time in a typical year)
Page 23 which shows how places like Dagenham and Hornchurch would be affected by take-offs when an east wind is blowing
Page 33 which shows how places like Catford, Dulwich, Brixton, Stockwell and Vauxhall will be affected by landings during an east wind
For further information:
John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650