9 MARCH 2016
For Immediate Release
ANTI-NOISE GHETTOS RESIDENTS GROUP SEEKS FUNDING FOR “CAMPAIGN OF A LIFETIME”
Local resident-led group HACAN East today launches a crowdfunding campaign to fight the new, concentrated flight paths for planes to and from London City Airport.
HACAN East is seeking to raise £25,000 through crowdfunding, in order to campaign to reverse these changes within 12 months, when the Civil Aviation Authority reviews airspace changes.  This will help re-establish the local quality of life in the affected communities.
In February, new concentrated flight paths began operating over many parts of east & south-east London, leaving parts of the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth with levels of aircraft noise not previously experienced. 
John Stewart, Chair of HACAN East, said: “We are today launching this crowdfunding campaign to get these changes reversed. Taking on the might of the aviation industry is not easy and only by the local community coming together can we win this fight.”
Stewart added: “Local residents have chosen the title Noise Ghetto for the campaign because this is how they feel living under these flight paths. We think these noise ghettos are completely unacceptable. City Airport did not consult residents about these changes and have aircraft noise and pollution has gradually increased to unacceptable levels.”
Julie Evans, HACAN East supporter, said: “I am supporting this campaign, because me and my family live in a residential area – we’ve already been blighted by extra flights, particularly those late at night. Our quality of life is impacted both mentally and physically because we can’t enjoy being in our gardens due to noise of the planes. The prospect of even more noise is something I just can’t bear; it needs to decrease.”
London City Airport’s new concentrated flight paths have caused uproar across many communities in east London.
· HACAN East has been representing residents for a number of years now, giving a voice to people under the flight paths
· City Airport has gradually increased the number of flights and noise over particular communities in recent years.
· At busy time of the day, planes can be coming over one every minute or so. This is constant noise for many communities.
 The Crowdfunding page can be accessed at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hacaneast
 A full breakdown of which communities are impacted by these flight paths changes http://static1.squarespace.com/static/56507de4e4b018da2a5ce870/t/56b1e6a620c64715707cd43c/1454499505450/HACAN+East+February+Newsletter.pdf
For more information
Rob Barnstone: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07806 947050
John Stewart: email@example.com; 020 7737 6641