How the Newham Recorder reported the demo on Monday 21st July
Protesters fighting against the proposed £200m expansion of London City Airport staged a silent protest in the main terminal.
The 15-strong group of residents and members of climate change campaign The Future strategically postioned themselves to gain maximum impact.
One by one the group drew The Future’s symbol of a thick circle around their right eyes before watching passengers and staff for half an hour.
Tamsin Omond: “The numbers weren’t as big as we’d have liked, but we were still able to make an impact.
“They closed a section of the airport of so people had to go past us so we really engaged with those around us, although we didn’t get the warmest of receptions from everyone.”
Plans to extend the airport to accommodate an extra 50,000 flights a year and double passenger numbers are currently being considered by Newham Council.
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Breaking news: Newham Council will not now hear London City's application for expansion until the Autumn. Exact date to be finalised.
July 1st 2014
For Immediate Release
London City Airport residents face up to 7 years of Night Time Construction work.
Newham Council have warned London City Airport that the impacts of night time construction work may see them refuse planning permission for their new Development. 
London City Airport’s current Development planning application will see construction work carried out over a 7 year period, including 3 years of full 24 hour work, where noise intensive construction activities like piling will occur at night.
Newham Council have found that the resulting noise impacts are considerable and would significantly impact on residents in North Woolwich. North Woolwich residents currently suffer from the Airports operational noise as well as construction noise from Crossrail. Further construction work like the Chinese ABP development could also see them impacted.
London City Airport is not willing to temporarily alter its business operations to facilitate construction at it’s own development and have submitted noise mitigation measures which Newham Council have rejected.
More details at www.stopcityairportmasterplan.tumblr.com
Newham Council is consulting yet again on City Airport’s expansion consultation. They have sought more information from the airport mainly it seems about the impact of the construction process. But the airport has also chosen off its own bat to rebut the New Economic Foundation report we commissioned about the economic and enviornmental advantages of closing City Airport on the basis that it was “clearly prepared to influence the outcome of the CADP applications”. That is not true but it is satisfying that the Airport felt they had to do a lot of work to try and rebut it!
The closing date for reporting to this latest consultation is 10th July and the council is expected to consider the application at its planning committee on 23rd July.
The link to the latest executive summary is at: https://pa.newham.gov.uk/online-applications/files/CFFE725D8EE7EB756DCBF299743CB167/pdf/13_01228_FUL-CADP_PART_3_SECOND_UPDATED_NON-TECHNICAL_SUMMARY-503511.pdf . But, this being Newham’s website, the link may or may not work. To get into the application you need to go to www.newham.gov.uk/pa , then enter the application number 13/01228/FUL . Then click ‘documents’.
Newham Council has been forced to consult yet another time on the City Airport proposals for consultation. The new deadline is July 10th. It is unclear exactly what they are now consulting on.
They say they will decide on the application at the Council’s Planning Committee on 23rd July.
by John Stewart
Robin Wales was reelected Mayor of Newham on 24% of the vote yesterday. 60 out of 60 Labour councillors were returned on a wave of apathy, with some wards barely registering a 30% turn out.
Many of us are in despair. Not only has Wales delivered little for Newham in his 12 years as Mayor, his style has caused widespread alienation and anger.
Wales’ record is poor. He might – and does – point to the Olympics and the shiny new Westfield Shopping Centre but all his pictures grinning beside celebrities can’t hide the stark facts: –
in 2000 Newham ranked as the 5th most deprived borough in the country; in 2004, the 6th; in 2007, it slipped to the 2nd most deprived; rising to 8th in 2011.
Wales’ much-criticised style was in evidence in his response to an invitation to an election hustings meeting organized by HACAN East. His agent Ken Clark, now a Newham councillor, responded by saying ““Newham Labour will not be at the meeting on Monday evening, organised by two self-appointed organisations that deliberately misrepresent the views of the Council and those elected to it”. Despite repeated emails to give us chapter and verse that we deliberately mispresented the Council’s views, we have heard nothing. We can only conclude that they don’t have a shred of evidence to back up their claims; that they were merely an attempt to smear us.
Our lawyers say that we could sue but, to be honest, we have better things to do than waste our time on Robin Wales. He is not going to change. Time and again we’ve heard from people that this behaviour is typical of Wales and his clique. This is the council which set a record for local authorities of only have a total of 12 hours of debate in full council over FOUR years!
We will challenge Wales over City Airport (“challenge” but not “misrepresent”). Other community and campaign groups will try to brave the wrath of his regime and fight for their people. The other political parties will not go away and will probably growth in strength. (in fact, bucking the national trend, there was a notable swing from Labour to the Conservatives in these Mayoral elections) But, in the short term, we look to the decent Labour councillors to challenge Robin Wales and his clique. Give us some hope in our of despair!
13/5/14 for immediate use
All candidates at a packed election hustings meeting held last night in the Royal Docks area of Newham expressed opposition to any further expansion of London City Airport. The meeting, organized by HACAN East, the body which represents residents under the airport’s flight paths, was addressed by representatives of the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Christian Peoples Alliance, the Trade Union and Socialist Party and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) and the Green Party (1). UKIP sent its apologies. Only Newham Labour refused to attend. It was represented by an empty chair.
In one of the very few hustings meetings being held in Newham, a wide range of topics were raised by both the speakers and the audience.
John Stewart from HACAN East, who chaired the meeting, said, “It was lively, informed debate. It is just a pity it was boycotted by Labour.”
HACAN East has written to the Labour Party asking it to back up with hard evidence their allegation made to the media that HACAN East has “deliberately misrepresented the views of the Council and those elected to it”. It has yet to get a reply.
Notes for Editors:
(1). Speaking at the meeting were: Lois Austin (TUSC), Caroline Allen (Green) and Stefen Mrozinski (Conservative), Alex Ocan Latim of the Christian Peoples Alliance and Jonathan Fryer of the Liberal Democrats.
For further information:
John Stewart on 07957385650 or 0207 737 6641
We reprint in full below the statement Labour has just issued turning down an invite to the election hustings being organised tonight be HACAN East and Momentum. It is so vitriolic and defensive it ids barely worth comment but just to explain we invited Newham Mayor Robin Wales. When he turned us down, we asked if anybody could represent Labour. Apparently, nobody can. The pupose of the hustings, like any hustings, is to allow candidates to explain their views.
“Newham Labour will not be at the meeting on Monday evening, organised by two self-appointed organisations that deliberately misrepresent the views of the Council and those elected to it.
“These groups are fully aware that any expansion of London City Airport is currently subject to a planning application. As the planning authority, Newham Council has written to more than 25,000 local homes asking for their views on the proposed expansion of London City Airport and will listen carefully to these and other responses as part of a proper process.”
“By contrast, we were not even consulted about the date or time of Monday’s meeting and are already fully committed that evening to meeting hundreds of residents across Newham as we continue our campaign to elect a Labour Mayor of Newham, local Councillors and MEPs.”
TO ASK THE POLITICIANS ABOUT CITY AIRPORT AND THE ROYAL DOCKS
· Have concerns about London City Airport?
· Want to find out what the political parties will do for the Royal Docks and for Newham?
May 12th at 7.30pm
Britannia Village Hall
(65 Evelyn Road, West Silvertown, London E16 1TU)
· Hear what the political parties have to say!
Ask them questions!
A representative of all the parties standing at the Mayoral, council and European elections to be held on the 22nd May has been invited to the meeting.
The meeting has been organized by HACAN East and the Momentum Project
There is a strong economic case to close London City Airport. Come again? There may be an environmental case, but a economic one? That is exactly what a new report published on 10th March by the New Economics Foundation claims will happen if London City Airport closes. Royal Docks Revival: Replacing City Airport, commissioned by HACAN East, shows that, if City Airport were shut down, the land freed up would be able to cater for businesses which produced many more jobs and created a lot more income than the airport does.
The stats are convincing. City Airport contributes £750 million each year to the UK economy. The nearby Excel Centre, which occupies roughly the same amount of space as the airport, contributes £1.3 billion. City Airport employs the equivalent of 1,900 full-time jobs. The proposed Silvertown Quays development, just along the road, estimates it will employ 9,000. Even if that turns out to be an overestimate, the difference remains huge. But the report’s emphasis is more about replacing the airport with community-run businesses rather than with more big corporations.
The closure of London City would not add to the pressure to expand Heathrow or any other London Airport. City only accounts for 2.4% of the traffic at the London airports, easily absorbed by the other airports.
The report received a lot of publicity including being featured on the front page of the Financial Times. Here’s some of the other publicity it received:
The Deputy Editor of the Metro (writing in a personal capacity): http://joeltaylorwrites.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/is-it-time-for-london-city-airport-to.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-26965052 - the BBC
http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2014/04/10/47616/call-for-london-city-airport-to-close.html - Travel Weekly
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-09/london-city-airport-worth-more-as-a-building-site-study-argues.html - Bloomberg which covers financial matters
The link to the full report is below. Below that, the press release. And, below that, a blog by Helen Kersley, the main author of the report.
A new report from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) makes the case for closing London’s CityAirport and redeveloping the site to create jobs, boost local business and build new homes:
- City Airport creates little value – despite occupying 500,000 square metres at the heart of London, its direct contribution to the UK economy in 2011 was £110m – less than a fifth of the nearby ExCeL Exhibition and Conference Centre.
- City Airport costs jobs – the airport has never delivered on initial jobs promises and its safety crash zone limits business development across a 3 mile radius. The extra 1500 jobs from current plans to expand CityAirport compare poorly with the 9,000 jobs expected to result from the nearby Silvertown Quays development.
- Local residents bear all the costs but reap none of the benefits – the average salary of a LondonCityAirport passenger is over £90,000, while 40% of Newham residents earn less than £20,000. 18,000 local residents suffer high levels of noise pollution and poor air quality.
- London transport no longer needs CityAirport – City Airport’s passengers account for just 2.4% of London’s total flight demand, and its numbers could be readily absorbed by Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted By 2019 Crossrail will allow City workers to reach Heathrow in just 30 minutes.