Meeting in Leytonstone
On Friday 22nd April 2016 Leytonstone residents met at the Epicentre with representatives of HACAN East and local MP John Cryer to discuss the issue of increased aircraft noise over Leytonstone. The meeting was well attended and included some lively discussion.
Background to Aircraft Noise Issue
Since opening in 1988 London City Airport has grown dramatically. Passenger numbers and flight numbers have increased even more sharply over the past year. In the last year City Airport has grown faster than any other London airport. In February 2016 the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and Newham Council, despite objections from local residents, granted City Airport the right to concentrate flight paths. Tragically, for residents of Leytonstone, and other parts of East London, this has resulted in almost continuous aircraft noise from low flying aircraft overhead. Aircraft from City Airport have to keep beneath the higher flight paths reserved for Heathrow and Stansted which also over-fly Leytonstone. This makes them very noisy in this heavily populated area. Indeed London Borough of Waltham Forest is the 3rd most over-flown of the 33 London Boroughs after Hounslow and Richmond. CAA has stipulated that City Airport conduct a consultation with local residents within a year of the operation of the new concentrated flight paths. This consultation must be completed by February 2017.
In addition to the increase in flights and the concentration of the flight path over Leytonstone City Airport has requested permission to fly further (e.g. Istanbul and Moscow) and also to use larger aircraft. CAA is currently considering this request and will announce it’s decision over the summer.
What you can do
If you feel strongly about this you can:-
- Write to your local MP
- Write to your council
- Contact HACAN East
- Write to James Shearman at City Airport firstname.lastname@example.org