1 MARCH 2016
For Immediate Release
NO 3RD RUNWAY AT HEATHROW, SAY LEYTON & LEYTONSTONE RESIDENTS
A group of local residents and campaigners gathered in Leytonstone last week to voice their opposition to a third runway being built at Heathrow.
The action was part of a wider campaign highlighting the seven hurdles Heathrow’s plan for a third runway cannot overcome, which saw many communities in central and west London last week highlight their opposition to the project.
The seven hurdles highlight the impacts of noise, air pollution, climate change, costs to the taxpayer, destruction of homes, widespread opposition to the project and safety & security issues. (1)
Rob Barnstone, Campaign Co-Ordinator for HACAN East said: “Despite Leytonstone and surrounding areas being 30 miles from Heathrow, many residents come to us to complain about the noise from Heathrow aircraft. It is important that when considering to build a new runway, the Government takes into account the impact on areas outside the immediate vicinity too.”
Barnstone added: “The busy airspace in Leyton and Leytonstone mean that residents not only face the impact of the recent concentrated flight paths on routes from London City Airport, but continue to face disturbances from Heathrow traffic; the impacts of more noise over these areas give residents a poorer quality of life.”
If a third runway was approved, east London would face hundreds of thousands more flights, affecting a very densely populated part of the capital. Currently, Waltham Forest is the third most overflown borough in London, just behind Hounslow and Richmond, both close to Heathrow. (2)
Sidney Barrat, Leyton resident, said: “I have lived in Leyton for 50 years and now, aircraft noise is waking me up before 6am, then continuing every couple of minutes for the rest of the day. I’m concerned about the impacts even more flights will have on me and the rest of Waltham Forest, particularly in the summer time.”
HACAN East is a sister organisation of long-standing residents group HACAN. HACAN East also oppose the expansion of London City Airport and the concentrated flight paths across east London.
The Government will decide whether it supports the building of a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick in the summer.
For more information
Rob Barnstone: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07806 94705