Research carried out by the campaign group HACAN has revealed that Hounslow to be the most overflown borough in London. Richmond is in second place but the surprise is that that only three of the top 12 most boroughs are in West London with Waltham Forest being the third most overflown: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Most-overflown-boroughs-in-London-2016.pdf
Heathrow Airport has made a useful start in tackling noise problems over the last few years but, of course, more needs to be done. This short report from HACAN outlines the progress: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Heathrow-noise.pdf
Heathrow is the top mega-hub airport in Europe and 15th in the world. Nine of the top ten are in America: http://www.oag.com/hubfs/Free_Reports/Megahubs/2016/OAG-Megahubs-Index-2016.pdf
We don’t normally post HACAN East press releases on this site but we thought this would be of interest as the new concentrated London City flight paths impact so many people who are also under the Heathrow flight paths
29/8/16 for immediate use
Concentrated flight paths bring a flood of complains
London City Airport’s decision to concentrate all its flights paths earlier this year has resulted in a flood of complaints. HACAN East, which gives a voice to residents under the flight paths, today launched a short report outlining some of the complaints they received in just one month – read report: HACAN East booklet
John Stewart, chair of the campaign group, said, “We have received dozens of complaints over the last month. The hot weather has made people particularly aware of the planes. The concentrated flight paths have brought complaints from many areas for the first time. The complaints have come from vast swathes of east and south east London.”
One person in south London said, “We have gone from having little or no flights to one every 3 minutes. Some of us have spent a lifetime trying to get on the housing ladder only for this to happen.”
Another wrote: “I moved to Dagenham from Kingsland Road in Hackney in 2014 because my family & I wanted more peace and quiet; now it’s noisier than living on Kingsland Road in Hackney; we are heart-broken.”
Stewart said that HACAN East has met with the airport who said they ‘have not closed their mind’ to looking again at the concentrated flight paths but will not do so until next year after the Government has issued its forthcoming consultation on national airspace policy.
8/1/16, embargoed until 6am on 12th January, 2016
New Report: Health of over a million people at risk from aircraft noise
Launch: Tuesday 12th January, 2 – 3pm, Committee Room 19, House of Commons; Hosted by Tania Mathias MP; Key Speakers:Tim Johnson, Director of AEF, Professor Stephen Stansfeld, Professor of Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London
A major new report published today has found that the health of over one million people in the UK is at risk from aircraft noise. The report, Aircraft Noise and Public Health: The Evidence is Loud and Clear, commissioned by campaign group HACAN and produced by the Aviation Environment Federation, has called on the Government to undertake a complete review of all its polices to ensure that they take full account of the health impacts of aircraft noise.
And here is the summary: AEF_aircraft noise and health_FINAL3
- People exposed to high levels of aircraft noise around Heathrow have a 24% higher chance of stroke, 21% higher chance of heart disease, and 14% higher chance of cardiovascular diseases compared to people exposed to low levels of aircraft noise
- Over 460 schools around Heathrow are exposed to aircraft noise levels that may impair learning and memory
- In the UK close to 600,000 people are exposed to night-time aircraft noise levels far above WHO recommendations
HACAN chair John Stewart said, “These findings are shocking but not surprising. Aircraft noise is having a major impact on people’s health. HACAN is calling on the Government to postpone any decision on new runways until a full health assessment has been carried out on each proposal. Today HACAN is setting up the Heathrow Health Alliance to monitor progress.”
HYENA-study-712 – this study by Imperial College assed the impact of night flights on the health of people living around a number of European airports, including Heathrow
http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f5432: A study of aircraft noise and cardiovascular disease near Heathrow airport finds the risk of heart problems are much higher for people living under noisy flight paths
Interesting report of the Commission Hammersmith and Fulham set up to lok at the impact of a 3rd runway on the borough: http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Images/20150128_HFCAE_response_to_the_Airports_Commission_consultation_tcm21-193509.pdf
An Analysis by HACAN (2009)
Hounslow is the most overflown borough in London. Richmond is in second place. But the big surprise is that Waltham Forest comes third. Indeed half of the top twelve boroughs are in East or South East London. In part, this is due to the impact being overflown by both Heathrow and City Airport aircraft. It is also indicative of the way aircraft noise has become a London-wide problem.
Read the full briefing: Most overflown boroughs in London
Heathrow Airport has published a useful 4-pager explaining what the current flight path trials are all about.
This document is made available as a PDF file. Download Airspace Q&A
A new report, commissioned by HACAN, WWF and the RSPB, launched on 22nd April from the Dutch consultants CE Delft casts doubt on the benefits of Heathrow expansion.
In particular it argues that the ‘claims about the economic benefits of connectivity are not founded on solid evidence.’