Press Release

 1/12/16 for immediate use


Len Duvall, the London Assembly member for Lewisham and Greenwich, will speak at a Public Meeting, organized by campaign group HACAN East, in Catford on Wednesday 7th December (1) to discuss the controversial new flight paths London City Airport introduced earlier this year.  The airport narrowed its flight paths so they are now all concentrated over particular communities rather than being more dispersed as they were previously.  Particularly badly hit are North-East London and parts of South London.  The areas impacted in South London include Eltham, Lee, Catford, Dulwich, Brixton, Stockwell and Vauxhall.  London City Airport will be reviewing its flight paths in 2017.

HACAN East chair John Stewart said, “This meeting is another chance for people to show the opposition there is to these concentrated flight paths and to put renewed pressure on City Airport to look again at them.”


 Notes for Editors:

 (1). 7th December, 7.30 – 9pm, St. Laurence Church,37 Bromley Road, Catford,SE6 2TS

Nearest stations: Catford and Catford Bridge.

Speakers include Len Duvall, the London Assembly member for Greenwich and Lewisham

For more information:  John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650




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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;

Despair at CAA gives Go-Ahead for Concentrated Routes

27/11/15 for immediate use

Despair in East London as CAA approves new concentrated flight paths
Campaigners may mount legal challenge

Many residents in East London are in despair following yesterday’s announcement by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that it will allow London City Airport to concentrate its flight paths (1). Campaign group HACAN East is considering legal action against the CAA.

Departure routes will be concentrated places like Bow, parts of Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead, Dagenham and parts of Havering. Areas of South London will also experience more concentrated routes.

The decision follows uproar at the lack of consultation on the proposals last year. City Airport just put a technical document on its website and inform the Consultative Committee. It was left to HACAN East to hold public meetings in the areas which would be affected. The airport argued that, because the change was largely replicating what was already happening, it was only required by the CAA to carry out a minimal consultation.
Local people, backed by many local authorities, MPs and members of the Greater London Authority, said that a full consultation should have been carried out as some areas would get 30% more planes than they do at present. The CAA was inundated with letters calling for a fresh consultation. Yesterday’s announcement means that the CAA has ruled out a new consultation.

HACAN East chair John Stewart said, “Many people will be in utter despair of the decision. It means that residents who were hardly overflown at all by planes from London City a few years back face (2) the prospect of living under a concentrated flight path for the rest of their lives. It is a terrible prospect.”

Stewart added, “The CAA is already under fire for its attitude towards residents around Heathrow and Gatwick. It is simply wrong that a body largely funded by the aviation industry should be taking these decisions. In our view it is not fit for purpose to have these responsibilities. We are discussing a possible legal challenge with our lawyers.”


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