5 APRIL 2016

For Immediate Release


On the last day of the Public Inquiry into London City Airport’s expansion plan, local residents group HACAN East won an important concession, requiring Newham Council to hold a council meeting each year to explain how it is overseeing City Airport’s commitment to provide sound insulation for local residents, if the plans are approved.

John Stewart, Chair of HACAN East, said: ”This is an important concession. In the past, Newham Council has not ensured that City Airport fulfilled all its promises to provide agreed insulation for local people.”

The Inquiry closed on 5 April and the result is expected to be known in the summer [1]. The Planning Inspector will make a recommendation to the Government, who will make a final decision to either grant or refuse permission for the Airport to expand.

If City Airport is allowed to expand, it will build a new taxiway to allow larger planes to use the airport. HACAN East is opposed to the expansion, but welcomed the decision that, if approval is granted, Newham Council will be held publicly accountable for enforcing City Airports commitments to provide better sound insulation for residents.



[1] HACAN East’s closing statement to the Inquiry.

For more information

Rob Barnstone:; 07806 947050

John Stewart:; 020 7737 6641


City Airport Public Inquiry: HACAN East calls for insulation to match the best in Europe


 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.



For more information:

Robert Barnstone -; 07806 947050




3 February 2016

For Immediate Release


From tomorrow (4 February) City Airport will be concentrating flight paths over hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses and workplaces across East and south-east London.

The flight paths change will affect many communities across East and south-east London, including:

East London, affected by City aircraft when the wind blows to the west:

Bow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead, Redbridge, Barkingside, Collier Row, Harold Hill

East London, affected by City aircraft when the wind blows to the east:

Barking Riverside, Dagenham, Elm Park, Hornchurch

South-East London, affected by City aircraft when the wind blows to the east and Heathrow when the wind blows to the west:

Bexley, Sidcup, Mottingham, New Eltham, Catford, Dulwich Village, Herne Hill, Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall

Many in these communities will not have heard about these changes. Many parts of south-east London will now be overflown 100% of the time, as Heathrow aircraft fly over these areas on days when the wind blows to the west.

HACAN East Chair John Stewart said: "City Airport have completely failed to inform the vast majority of residents, who will notice a significant change in their daily lives. In many communities, a "noise ghetto" will simply be the most appropriate description for what is about to happen"

HACAN East is in discussion with lawyers about mounting a Judicial Review. We will make this decision in coming weeks.

City Airport announced its intention to concentrate flight paths in September 2014. The consultation document was buried deep on its website. 

HACAN East was left to hold its own meetings in Leytonstone and Wanstead during the Consultation period. (2) These meetings were attended by hundreds of outraged residents.



(1) Full information about the changes to the flight paths (page 26 indistinct map for South London and p27 for Thamesmead). (page 24 for Dagenham and page 26 for Leyton and Leytonstone)


For more information:

Rob Barnstone, Campaign Co-Ordinator HACAN East - 07806 947050;

John Stewart - 020 7737 6641;


6th April 2015 for immediate use

 Official statistics underestimate the levels of aircraft noise in east and south east London, according to the campaign group HACAN East.  Just a week after the London Mayor Boris Johnson refused London City permission to expand on the grounds of noise, HACAN East has complained that the noise from City Airport aircraft and those heading to Heathrow are measured separately and not added together.

John Stewart, who chairs HACAN East, said, “We need to get a figure for the total noise if we are to get a picture of the real noise levels experienced by residents.  In the areas of east and south east London where people get planes from both London City and Heathrow noise levels will be a lot higher than official statistics show.”

A report published in 2007 (1) found that “in some areas of East London flown over by both Heathrow planes and City Airport noise levels were comparable to those in parts of West London”.  Two years ago the Greater London Assembly called for joint readings to be taken.

Stewart concluded, “It is not rocket science to assess the cumulative noise.  The suspicion remains that it suits the aviation industry not to paint the full picture.”


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