All posts by Aisling Lee

18th June: Gala Night at Richmond Theatre – Winning videos!


Over 800 packed into Richmond Theatre on a balmy summer’s evening on 18th June to watch the anti-3rd runway video competition. Celebrity judges Hugh Grant, Holly Willoughby and Rachel Johnson joined compere Gyles Brandreth to pick the winner from the 15 shortlisted entries (out of nearly 60 submissions).

The No Ifs No Buts competition was staged by HACAN and Zac Goldsmith.

Watch the winning video

In second place 

In third place

Find out more about the event on the no-ifs-no-buts site.

Heathrow’s Noise Claims ‘blown out of the water’


New figures published by the London Mayor ‘blow out of the water’ Heathrow Airport’s oft-repeated claim that overall noise levels will fall if a third runway is built.  They show that Heathrow’s claims assume the new runway will be only operating at one-third capacity.  They also argue that Heathrow is also over-optimistic about the introduction of quieter aircraft.

Read the HACAN Press Release for more detail here.

Heathrow Chief admits M4 would need to be diesel-free if 3rd Runway went ahead

Heathrow Airport’s outgoing chief executive Colin Matthews has admitted that the M4 would need to be diesel-free if a 3rd runway was ever built at the airport. Matthews told the aviation specialists Flightglobal that “to fix air quality at Heathrow [you need to] replace the fleet of diesel engines coming down the M4 [motorway]”. It is the first time that a senior Heathrow official has been so frank about the air pollution problems the airport is facing.

Read press release.

Read original article.

Protests Continue in Frankfurt

What respectable residents get up in Frankfurt every Monday evening in the airport terminal. For their 94th protest in the terminal they destroyed a mock up of the hated 4th runway. Spectacular and entertaining video here and here.  The 4th runway was opened in 2011. The new flight paths put in place to service it have generated weekly protests ever since with up to 5,000 residents occupying the terminal. The protests have succeeded in getting a ban on night flights.

Coalition re-forms to oppose 3rd runway

A coalition has been formed to oppose any plans for a third runway at Heathrow.

The Airports Commission, set up by the Government, is looking at two options for a 3rd runway at Heathrow, in addition to the option of a 2nd runway at Gatwick.

Still on the table is the option of an Isle of Grain airport on the Kent Coast. The Commission is currently doing further work on all these shortlisted options. It will ask for further comments in the autumn. Its final report will be out in summer 2015 but, whatever its recommendation, the final decision will be up to the Government of the day.

Read about the options in more detail in the HACAN newsletter.


New night flight regime postponed until 2017

The Government announced today (11/11/13) that it is proposing no significant changes to the night flight regime at Heathrow until 2017.

Originally, it planned changes next year but it argues it would be sensible to wait until after the Airports Commission, which is looking possible expansion on London and the South East, reports in Summer 2015.

Read the HACAN reaction.
Read the details of the consultation.
Read the HACAN Briefing that helps those wanting to respond to the consultation.

20% more chance of dying of stress-related diseases under Heathrow flight path

A new study, to be published today (9/10/13), has found that deaths from stroke, heart and circulatory disease are 20% higher in areas with high levels of aircraft noise than in places with the least noise.

Researchers at Imperial College London and King’s College London compared data on day- and night-time aircraft noise with hospital admissions and mortality rates among a population of 3.6 million people living near Heathrow airport. The findings are published in the British Medical Journal. The study covered 12 London boroughs and nine districts outside of London where aircraft noise exceeds 50 decibels – about the volume of a normal conversation in a quiet room.

Link to the study. Link to the HACAN press release.