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Leading GLA members to speak at City Airport Flight Paths Meeting on 3rd November
Greater London Assembly members Roger Evans and Murad Qureshi will be speaking at a public meeting on Monday 3rd November called by residents’ group HACAN East to protest at the new flight paths London City Airport propose to introduce (1). Airport representatives will also be at the meeting to answer questions.
London City is planning to concentrate the flights paths in and out of the airport but has refused to leaflet or hold public meetings in the areas affected. It has simply put technical information on its website. Amongst the areas worst affected would be Bow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead and parts of Havering and Dagenham. South of the river Eltham, Catford, Dulwich, Brixton, Stockwell and Vauxhall are in the line of fire.
HACAN East chair John Stewart said, “There has been a lot of interest in the meeting. People are furious that they have not been told about the changes. As well as local residents, a number of councillors, some from as far afield as Brixton, are coming to the meeting.”
Stewart added, “The airport is saying that the changes are not significant. We disagree. They will be very significant for people right under the flights paths who will get a plane overhead every 90 seconds at the busiest times of the day. We asked London City if they would organize public meetings in the affected areas but they refused to do so. That is why we are holding this meeting”.
The flight path changes are part of a wider programme of reorganizing airspace across Europe. More efficient use of airspace will allow airlines to journey times and so reduce fuel bills and cut emissions.
For more information:
(1). The meeting will take place on Monday 3rd November 7.30pm in Wanstead Library Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead, London, E11 2RQ