CAMPAIGNERS CALL ON CAA TO SUSPEND CONSULTATION ON CITY AIRPORT FLIGHT PATHS

Campaign group HACAN East has written to the Civil Aviation Authority to ask it to suspend the current consultation being carried out by London City Airport into flight path changes in East London (2).  HACAN East argues that the tens of thousands of residents who are in line to get more planes if the flight path changes go ahead are not being told about them.  London City is proposing to concentrate the flights taking off from the airport in a narrow corridor.  Areas directly under the favored flight path will be Bow, Hackney Wick, Leyton Midland Road, Leytonstone, Barkingside and Colliers Row.   City Airport is currently consulting on the proposed changes but is not leafleting the areas that will be worst affected (1).

The changes are part of a wider reorganization of the airspace across London and the South East which is been overseen by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  New computer technology can now guide aircraft much more accurately when they are landing and taking off.  It gives airports the option of varying the routes the planes use in order to give all residents some respite from the noise or of concentrating all the planes on one route.  London City has chosen to concentrate the aircraft.

HACAN East chair John Stewart said, “Quite simply, London City is creating a noise ghetto.  No wonder they are afraid to spell out to the residents what is in store for them. Nobody is telling the residents what will be in store for them.”

Stewart added, “We have written an official letter to the CAA, which oversees the consultation, calling for it to be suspended.

 ENDS

 Notes for Editors:

(1). The consultation documents can be found at http://www.londoncityairport.com/londonairspacemanagement.   It started on 4th September and runs until 27th November 2014.  Responses to the consultation should be emailed to lamp@londoncityairport.com

(2). Letter to the CAA

Dear Sir/Madam,

 I am writing to you to express our concerns about the shortcomings in the current LAMP consultation being carried out by London City Airport.

 We believe they are serious.  The consultation makes it clear that the future flight paths will be concentrated over particular areas yet there is no guarantee in this consultation that the residents who will be impacted will be made aware of this fact and offered the opportunity to respond.

 London City identifies the key stakeholders who are being consulted as “The London City Airport Consultative Committee (ACC) which includes representatives of Local Authorities, community representatives and other organisations that have expressed an interest in the activities of the airport; members of the National Air Traffic Management Committee (NATMAC) which includes representatives of all types of airspace users; airlines that operate from London City Airport”.

 As far as we are aware neither the consultative committee nor the local authorities have plans for a door-to-door leaflet drop to the tens of thousands of residents who will find themselves living under the concentrated flight paths.  We are not even certain it is their job to do so.  It is probably the role of the airport.  We are also not aware of any public meetings being organized in the affected areas.  For example, we believe parts of Leytonstone will be badly affected.  Who has told the residents?

 If your powers allow you to do so, we would urge you to order all stakeholders to be fully consulted during this consultation or to suspend it and require a fresh consultation to take place.

 Yours sincerely,

 John Stewart

Chair HACAN East

London City will create noise ghettos with flight path changes

CAMPAIGNERS ACCUSE LONDON CITY AIRPORT OF CREATING A NOISE GHETTO WITH PROPOSED FLIGHT PATH CHANGES

Campaign group HACAN East has accused City Airport of failing to spell out to tens of thousands of residents in East London that they are in line to get many more planes overhead if proposed flight path changes go ahead.  London City is proposing to concentrate the flights taking off from the airport in a narrow corridor.  Areas directly under the favored flight path will be Bow, Hackney Wick, Leyton Midland Road, Leytonstone, Barkingside and Colliers Row.   City Airport is currently consulting on the proposed changes but is not leafleting the areas that will be worst affected (1).

The changes are part of a wider reorganization of the airspace across London and the South East which is been overseen by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).  New computer technology can now guide aircraft much more accurately when they are landing and taking off.  It gives airports the option of varying the routes the planes use in order to give all residents some respite from the noise or of concentrating all the planes on one route.  London City has chosen to concentrate the aircraft.

HACAN East chair John Stewart said, “Quite simply, London City is creating a noise ghetto.  No wonder they are afraid to spell out to the residents what is in store for them.  The contrast with Heathrow couldn’t be more marked.  They are planning to consult widely on the changes and to use the new technology to share out the noise burden.”

Stewart added, “We will be officially reporting London City to the CAA because of the poor quality of their consultation.  They simply have not made clear to people what is in store for them.”

(1). The consultation documents can be found at http://www.londoncityairport.com/londonairspacemanagement.   It started on 4th September and runs until 27th November 2014.  Responses to the consultation should be emailed to lamp@londoncityairport.com

 

 

London City to consult on flight paths

TRANSLATION PLEASE!

London City Airport are to consult on flight paths.  Below is what is on their website.  More may emerge on 4th September but our only comment right now is: translation please! 

From London City Website:

From 4 September to 27 November 2014 London City Airport (LCY) is consulting on proposals to modernise its flight paths, to allow the introduction of Area Navigation (RNAV), superseding the ground-based navigational systems used today.  The consultation is a statutory requirement according to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations.

The London City Airport proposal seeks to replicate the existing conventional flight paths with equivalent RNAV routes.  The concept is not optional – a legal mandate is being introduced by the Civil Aviation Authority which will require all aircraft to be equipped to navigate using RNAV by November 2017, and a mandate for the airspace to provide RNAV routes is expected to be effective by winter 2019. 

The proposed changes are key to achieving network efficiency and reducing delays in the south and are an important part of the London Airspace Management Programme (LAMP), NATS’ wider programme to modernise the air route system over London and the south east.

Eye-catching demo at London City Airport

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.

Check out the video:

http://youtu.be/n9RlrCBY8bE

Breaking news:  Newham Council will not now hear London City's application for expansion until the Autumn.  Exact date to be finalised.

London City Airport residents face up to 7 years of construction noise

PRESS RELEASE – LONDON CITY AIRPORT RESIDENTS FACE UP TO 7 YEARS OF NIGHT TIME CONSTRUCTION WORK.

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. [1]

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.

 

Ends

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City Airport Consultation – latest

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’.

City Airport Expansion: expected to be decided 23rd July

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.

 https://pa.newham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=dates&keyVal=MPRZM4JY06V00 …   

Despair as Robin Wales is elected on a wave of apathy

24/5/14

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!    

Hustings Meeting: all candidates oppose City Airport expansion

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.

ENDS

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  

Labour refuses to attend hustings meeting: “astonishingly defensive and vitriolic” statement

12/5/14

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.”