If he had remained as Prime Minister it was expected that David Cameron would have given the green light to a 3rd runway at Heathrow in early July.
The new Government is expected to announce whether it favours Heathrow or Gatwick by October.
Theresa May has fiercely opposed Heathrow expansion in the past. For details see: http://wp.me/p5NPQ9-Wg
Leading members of May’s cabinet have also been opponents of a third runway. Boris Johnson, the new Foreign Secretary, has famously said he would lie in front of the bulldozers to stop expansion. Education Secretary Justine Greening has been a long-standing opponent. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has backed Gatwick. And Chris Grayling, now in charge at transport, voted against Labour’s proposals in 2009.
Heathrow revealed on 11th May the conditions it would accept if a 3rd Runway was given the go-ahead: read the details and HACAN’s comments – http://hacan.org.uk/heathrow-rules-out-4th-runway-and-gets-tougher-on-night-flights-in-effort-to-secure-a-3rd-runway/
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‘Give us a Break from the Noise’
Many people are in despair about the constant noise over their heads. 95% of the emails HACAN gets that contain a complaint are from areas which get no respite from the noise. (The picture above shows Heathrow and London City aircraft converging over Stockwell, each plane below 4,000ft) Read more here: http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=477
In the long-run there is hope that more communities will get predicable periods of relief from the noise – http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=470 – but people in the noise ghettos are looking for help now.
Heathrow has commissioned a major study, expected to be published in Spring 2017, looking at the most effective way to introduce meaningful respite for more communities. In July 2016 it published a preliminary study it carried out on respite: 2694_FinalReport_2-0_June 2016
In the the autumn the Department for Transport is expected to publish a national consultation on airspace changes. If these changes are introduced well, it is an opportunity to bring relief from the constant noise so many communities, a lot of them over 15 miles from the airport, are experiencing.
Check out our flight paths button for up-to-date developments: http://hacan.org.uk/flight-paths-explained/
Seminar on Aircraft Noise and Mental Health
HACAN, in conjunction with the Aviation Environment Federation, staged a successful seminar on aircraft noise and mental health on 4th July in Parliament. It was chaired by Tanya Mathis MP. The speakers included Dirk Schreckenberg, one of the authors of the ground-breaking NORAH Study, and Matt Gorman, Director of Sustainability at Heathrow Airport.
More on the 3rd Runway
Short Briefing Booklet Heathrow 3rd Runway and video on why a 3rd runway could curtail growth a airports outside London and the South East.
Why a 3rd runway is undeliverable
7 easy-to-read briefing sheets spelling out the 7 reasons why a 3rd runway cannot be delivered
An independent Mori Poll shows that just 13.2% of Britons back a third runway at Heathrow.
Help us by joining our cause and helping the campaign against a third runway here.
Our Flickr page has great photos of pictures of recent campaigning events – check it out to see the range of protests that have been taking place
Residents speak out
Watch one Sipson resident’s plea for politicians to come to the villages to see where their decision will have most impact:
As Hacan’s new YouTube series proves, residents across London and beyond are affected by Heathrow noise and the threat of expansion.
View the new video series in the player below, or click ‘Playlist‘ to browse the collection
HACAN campaigns to stop further expansion of Heathrow and to cut the noise people hear from the existing airport. Find out more here.