Thousands turn out for rally against Heathrow expansion

Posted on April 28, 2013

On Saturday 27th April thousands turned out for a major rally held in West London against Heathrow expansion. The cross-party rally, organized by Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith, heard speeches from 15 politicians including the London Mayor and two cabinet ministers Justine Greening and Ed Davey.

Boris Johnson called expansion ‘mad’. Watch the video:

Read the HACAN blog on why expansion would be politically toxic:


HACAN supports London Assembly’s call for night flight ban at Heathrow

Posted on April 12, 2013

Press Release

12/04/13 for immediate use

HACAN supports London Assembly’s call for night flight ban at Heathrow

HACAN, representing residents under the Heathrow flight paths, has backed the call from the London Assembly today to ban night flights at Heathrow (1).  In its response to the Government’s consultation (2) on the future of night flights at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick, the Assembly’s Health and Environment Committee has called for a night flight ban at Heathrow.  It also backs the suggestion that, if night flights continue, more of them should land over Berkshire to ease the burden of noise on the hundreds of thousands of people overflown in London.  And it has called for further research on the impact of night noise on residents’ health.

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “We back the Assembly’s call for a ban on night flights.  They cause untold misery for thousands and there is no hard evidence that they are essential for London’s economy.  For many people their alarm clock is the first plane at 4.30 in the morning.”


Notes for Editors:

(1). The Assembly’s report can be found on

(2). Every 5 or 6 years the Government consults on a new night flight regime at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick.  The current regime ends in October 2014.  This is the first of a 2 part consultation.  It closes on 21st April.  Part two, containing clear proposals, is expected in the Autumn.