20/11/14 for immediate use
London Assembly calls on London City Airport to reconsult on its controversial flight path changes
Yesterday the London Assembly called on London City Airport to reconsult on its plans to concentrate its flight paths. The letter which was sent to the airport, the Civil Aviation Authority and government ministers was signed by the chair of the Assembly Roger Evans and supported by all the political parties. It intensifies the pressure on London City to take action. Tonight a motion is being put to Redbridge Council asking it to back the calls for a fresh consultation. On Monday Leytonstone residents will be holding a public meeting at 7pm on November 24 at St Andrew Church Community Hall, in Colworth Road, Leytonstone. This follows a packed public meeting staged by HACAN East in Wanstead two weeks ago.
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, “The pressure is mounting on City Airport to carry out a new consultation. The current consultation is simply unacceptable. If it refuses to reconsult, there is a fair chance it will face a legal challenge.”