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50,000 newspapers with reasons for NO 3RD runway

Today, HACAN proudly launches Third Runway News, a new publication providing residents of west London, east Berkshire and north Surrey with the facts about what an expanded Heathrow Airport would mean for them.

Read the illustrated 4 page newspaper: Third Runway News-digitalversion

HACAN is a residents-led campaign and indeed this very newspaper was designed by one of our local members, not a hugely expensive professional design company.  HACAN relies on donations and membership rates to fund our activities. Unlike some other campaign organisations, we are not bankrolled by Heathrow Airport!

Whether it is noise pollution, air pollution or increased traffic, there are plenty of reasons why a third runway should never be allowed to take off. This newspaper explains why.

Find your village or town in the yellow banner running across the top of each page and spread the word around your neighbourhood today!

For much more information on our campaign and activities, email us on info@hacan.org.uk

Boris Island dropped: press statement from HACAN

1st September 2014

With the news that an official statement will be made tomorrow  (2nd September) that the Airports Commission has ruled out an Estuary Airport, HACAN, which opposes a third runway at Heathrow, made the following statement:

 HACAN chair John Stewart said: “I don’t expect that this will mean that Boris Johnson or his supporters will give up on the idea of a brand new airport.  The idea of an island airport is likely to be floating around for some time yet.  Johnson remains an implacable opponent of a third runway at Heathrow and has reservations about the value of a second runway at Gatwick.”

Stewart added: “This statement makes it clear that Davies sees it as a choice between Heathrow and Gatwick.  Whether a future Government will see it that way is another matter altogether.”

HACAN calls for Heathrow Airport to come clean on its Populus polls after the polling company’s methods are exposed

HACAN  has called on HeathrowAirport to come clean about its surveys carried out by its favourite pollster Populus following the revelations this week about the methods Populus used in a recent survey on fracking.  The  fracking poll published on Monday, carried out for UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), was described by a polling expert as ‘one of the most misleading poll findings I’ve ever seen’.  And today it has been revealed that the UKOOG findings have been flatly contradicted by a Government survey found which only 25% of people supported fracking compared to the Populus poll which claimed 57% support. Heathrow has relied on Populus polls, conducted over the phone, to back its claims there is growing support for a third runway at the airport. Heathrow claimed, on the basis of a Populus poll, that there was more support now for a 3rd runway than when it was proposed by the last Labour Government.  The poll claimed to show 48% were in favour of a third runway while 34% opposed results which were flatly contradicted by referenda and surveys carried out by Hillingdon, Richmond and Hounslow local authorities which found around 72% of residents opposed a 3rd runway.

 See HACAN  blog for more details:  http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=316

HACAN calls for Heathrow Airport to come clean on its Populus polls after the polling company’s methods are exposed

Press Release

13/8/14 for immediate use

HACAN, the campaign group opposed to expansion at Heathrow, has called on Heathrow Airport to come clean about its surveys carried out by its favourite pollster Populus following the revelations this week about the methods Populus used in a recent survey on fracking (1).  The  fracking poll published on Monday, carried out for UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), was described by a polling expert as ‘one of the most misleading poll findings I’ve ever seen’ (2).  And today it has been revealed that the UKOOG findings have been flatly contradicted by a Government survey found which only 25% of people supported fracking compared to the Populus poll which claimed 57% support (3).

Heathrow has relied on Populus polls, conducted over the phone, to back its claims there is growing support for a third runway at the airport. Heathrow claimed, on the basis of a Populus poll, that there was more support now for a 3rd runway than when it was proposed by the last Labour Government.  The poll claimed to show 48% were in favour of a third runway while 34% opposed (3), results which were flatly contradicted by referenda and surveys carried out by Hillingdon, Richmond and Hounslow local authorities which found around 72% of residents opposed a 3rd runway (4).

In December last year Heathrow claimed “people in West London are more likely to vote for their MP if they support Heathrow expansion than if they oppose a third runway according to new research from independent polling company Populus” (5)  in contradiction to what MPs day they are hearing on the doorstep and reading in their mail.

Experts are claiming that Populus are asking questions in a way that is guaranteed to get the answers their paymasters want.

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “Heathrow need to come clean about these Populus surveys.  It looks as if their favourite pollster has been discredited.   Heathrow should now to publish not just the questions Populus are asking people but also the ‘spiel’ leading up to the questions.  Unless they can convince us all that they are not leading people to their chosen answer, their results can only be regarded as fiction rather than fact…..to be filed alongside this entertaining incident from Yes Minister http://youtu.be/G0ZZJXw4MTA .”

 ENDS

 Notes for Editors:

 (1). See HACAN  blog for more details:  http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=316

(2).  http://www.noiseofthecrowd.com/this-fracking-poll-finding-is-one-of-the-least-convincing-ive-ever-seen/

(3). http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/article4174476.ece …

(4). http://www.populus.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Heathrow-Borough-Poll-March-2014.pdf

(5). http://www.richmond.gov.uk/100000_say_no_to_heathrow_expansion

(6). http://mediacentre.heathrowairport.com/Press-releases/One-quarter-of-West-London-more-likely-to-vote-for-their-MP-if-they-back-Heathrow-expansion-77e.aspx .

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

AIRCRAFT NOISE COMPLAINTS SOAR AS PASSENGERS NUMBERS REACH RECORD LEVELS AT HEATHROW DURING THE RECENT HEATWAVE

PRESS RELEASE

 for 11/8/14 for immediate use

 Heathrow’s busiest ever month together with the recent heat-wave have resulted in a record number of aircraft noise complaints received by campaign group HACAN .  Heathrow’s figures for July, just released, show that 6.97 million passengers used the airport during the month (1).

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “Open windows at night coupled with more outdoor activities has meant that more than hundreds of thousands people in West London and beyond are having to put up with what at times seems like constant aircraft noise.”

He added, “It puts into perspective Heathrow’s current consultation on compensation – www.heathrow.com/publicconsultation – if a third runway is ever built.  You simply can’t compensate people for the disturbance of planes thundering over as they sit in their gardens trying to enjoy the summer sunshine. And of course, there is increasing evidence that too much noise is as bad for your health as too much sunshine.”

Stewart said, “Just imagine how much worse the noise could be with a 3rd runway and at least 250,000 more flights each year using Heathrow”.

ENDS

Notes for editors:

(1). Heathrow records busiest month ever (6.97m pass., +0.5%), busiest day, & cargo up 7.8%. July results: http://bit.ly/1mBIhHU 

For further information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650

 

HACAN reveals: 3rd runway could mean 13 hours of non-stop flying

If a third runway is built some areas will experience 13 hours of non-stop flying – a plane every 90 seconds.  These will include places under the new flight path like Harlington and Brentford.  It would also apply to places such as Richmond under the approach to the southern runway.

Third Runway’s Flight Paths

It is becoming clearer where the flight paths may be if a third runway is built.  HeathrowAirport commissioned a report, Air and Ground Noise Assessment01: Air and ground noise assessment – from AMEC which includes an assessment of the new flight paths.

The report includes interesting options for respite (which could be implemented with a two runway airport and which are detailed below) but it is the arrangements for new flight paths which will be of most interest to people closer to the airport.

Hammered by a Third Runway

A third runway will be to the north of the current northern runway.  It will be built between the A4 and the M4.  In its report AMEC says that planes will need to be lined up with the new runway around five miles from the airport. Areas within these last five miles that can expect a plane overhead, one every 90 seconds, between 6am and 11pm, with a break of just over 4 hours.  Places in the firing line include Sipson, Harlington, Heston, Norwood Green as well as the areas of Brentford close to the M4.  Areas beyond the five mile joining point, like BedfordPark and Hammersmith, will also feel the impact.  To the west of the airport places like Langley and Eton will be hardest hit.

Runway Alternation to be cut by Half

At present people in West London enjoy a half day’s break from the noise when planes landing at Heathrow switch runways at 3pm.  This will change if a third runway is built.  For some people this will be cut to just over 4 hours.

How the flight paths will work if a third runway is built

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  • Planes will land on the new runway for 12-13 hours a day
  • Planes will land on the current northern runway for 6-7 hours a day
  • Planes will land on the current southern runway for 12-13 hours a day

Places like Kew or Hounslow West under the northern runway will continue to get around 8 hours of respite but this will be off-set for many because they will be able to hear aircraft from one of the two other runways.  For places like Richmond under the southern flight path the respite period will be cut from 8 hours to just over 4.

A similar system of respite will apply when planes land from the west

The same system will also be introduced for take-offs to allow periods of respite for communities within a few miles of the airport

Periods of Respite

A greater sharing out of flight paths than now can take place will be possible beyond about 5 miles from the airport; that is about as far as Windsor to the west and Isleworth to the east.  And, on departure, it will become possible 3 miles out from the airport.  This change is made possible by the new technology which can guide planes much more precisely.  Aircraft will not need to join their final approach path until about 5 miles from the airport.  At present they are required to join it much further out and can be lining up with the runway over 25 miles from the airport.  It is this long concentrated approach that has brought misery to so many.  HACAN has done surveys which show there can be over 40 planes an hour passing over the Oval or Clapham at heights of around 3,500 feet.  Places, like Peckham or Brockley, even further east, are equally plagued by this constant noise.  The same applies to people living west of the airport.   If the joining point was only 5 miles from the airport, it would allow the planes to fan in from different angles, both sharing out the noise and allowing everybody some respite from it. However, it cannot be said strongly enough that this sharing out of flight paths, is not dependent on a third runway being built.

This briefing has been produced by HACAN, a voice for residents under the Heathrow flight paths.  We can be contacted at 13 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9AU; email info@hacan.org.uk; tel 0208876 045             www.hacan.org.uk                        August 2014

Third Runway would halve respite period for tens of thousands in West London

Press Release

3/8/14 for immediate use

Third Runway would halve respite period for tens of thousands in West London

 How the flight paths will work if a third runway is built:

planes

  • Planes will land on the new runway for 12-13 hours a day
  •  Planes will land on the current northern runway for 6-7 hours a day 
  • Planes will land on the current southern runway for 12-13 hours a day

 Places like Kew or Hounslow West under the northern runway will continue to get around 8 hours of respite but this will be off-set for many because they will be able to hear aircraft from one of the two other runways.  For places like Richmond under the southern flight path the respite period will be cut from 8 hours to just over 4.

A similar system of respite will apply when planes land from the west

The same system will also be introduced for take-offs to allow periods of respite for communities within a few miles of the airport

 Tens of thousands of people who currently enjoy a half day’s break from the aircraft noise would see their respite period halved if a third runway went ahead at Heathrow.  Campaign group HACAN, which opposes any new runway, has revealed that many areas of West London would have planes passing overhead at a rate of one every ninety seconds for almost 13 hours a day.

The information is buried in an appendix to a report HeathrowAirport slipped out before the summer holidays (1).  It shows residents under the southern flight path, over places like Richmond, would only get just over 4 hours break from the noise each day.  Currently they enjoy an 8 hour break when the planes switch runways at 3pm.

It would be all change if a third runway were to be built.  People living under the current northern flight path would continue to get around 8 hours of respite but this would be off-set for many because they will be able to hear aircraft from one of the two other runways on either side of them.

HACAN Chair John Stewart said, “The prospect of 13 hour flying is nightmarish.  Quite simply, many communities are going to be hammered if a third runway is built.”

Stewart added, “Heathrow Airport hasn’t hidden the information but the fact that it is buried in an appendix shows how reluctant they are to spell out the implications of a new runway.”

A decision on a third runway will not be taken for at least a year.  The next Government will assess the findings of the Airports Commission, to be released in summer 2015, before deciding what to do.

ENDS

 Notes for editors:

(1). Air and Ground Noise Assessmenthttp://your.heathrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/01-Heathrow-3RNW-Air-and-Ground-Noise-Assessment.pdf  or at 01: Air and ground noise assessment

For further information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650