22 MARCH 2016
For Immediate Release
City Airport Public Inquiry: HACAN East calls for insulation to match the best in Europe
HACAN East, the resident-led group opposing expansion of London City Airport called for insulation offered by City Airport to match the best in Europe. The call came during the opening week of the Public Inquiry into the airport’s expansion plans.
John Stewart, Chair of HACAN East, said: "We are calling for City Airport to offer compensation for residents that match the levels offered by the best airports in Europe. If expansion goes ahead the number of people overflown by City Airport planes will be higher than that of any airport in the UK, other than Heathrow and Manchester. Airports like Frankfurt or Charles de Gaulle in Paris are twice as generous with the insulation schemes offered to residents as London City,"
City Airport wants to enlarge the airport to allow larger aircraft to use it. Newham Council, the planning authority, gave permission for the airport to expand in February 2015, but this was overturned by Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, on noise grounds the following month. The airport appealed against the Mayor’s decision. The result is this public inquiry.
Lawyers for the Mayor argued in the opening week of the Inquiry that City Airport should compensate more people than it is prepared to do in the event of expansion happening.
HACAN East remains firmly opposed to the expansion.
The Inquiry is expected to last until April 7.
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