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Flash Mob at Heathrow Terminal 2

Press Release

 21/10/15 for immediate use

 No Third Runway Flash Mob Staged at Heathrow Terminal Two

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Over 50 campaigners from across London and the Home Counties staged at Heathrow Terminal Two today in protest against a third runway.

At 11am on the dot the campaigners, standing in front of the giant sculpture in the new terminal, revealed red t-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘No 3rd Runway’.

The campaigners included residents from Harmondsworth whose homes would be demolished to make way for the new runway as well as people from West London and Berkshire and as far afield as Lightwater and Binfield.  They were joined by polar bears from Plane Stupid.

John Stewart, the chair of HACAN, the campaign group which organized the Flash Mob, said, “This was a fun event with a serious purpose.  We wanted to send a strong message to David Cameron that, if the Government gives the green light to a third runway, he will face united, determined opposition.”

The Government is expected to make an announcement about new runways in December.

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Londoners Back Gatwick

Press Release

13/10/15 for immediate use

 Londoners Back Gatwick

A new poll released yesterday revealed Londoners back expansion at Gatwick. The YouGov poll found that Londoners would prefer Gatwick rather than Heathrow to get an extra runway by 44 per cent to 33.  Gatwick was seen as cheaper and less harmful in terms of noise and pollution.

The poll of 1,072 Londoners found that 41 per cent backed Gatwick as the best choice for issues such as noise and air pollution, compared with 24 per cent for Heathrow. Some 38 per cent thought Gatwick would cost less, against 20 for Heathrow.

The poll coincided with the publication of a letter signed by Wandsworth council leader Ravi Govindia, Kingston’s Kevin Davis, Southwark’s Peter John and Croydon’s Tony Newman which urged: “Why waste another decade on a failed Heathrow scheme when there’s an alternative on the table?”

The Government is expected to make an announcement in December whether it favours a second runway At Gatwick or a new runway at Heathrow.

John Stewart, chair of HACAN, the campaign group which opposes expansion at Heathrow, said, “This poll re-enforces the message that a 3rd runway at Heathrow is simply not popular with people in London.  And it sends a clear signal to the Government that it will face formidable opposition if it gives the go-ahead to a new runway.”

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“Clear Commitment” by Heathrow Airport to “significantly” reduce night flights if 3rd runway goes ahead

Press Release

 5/11/15 for immediate use

 “Clear Commitment” by Heathrow Airport to “significantly” reduce night flights if 3rd runway goes ahead

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye made a commitment to significantly reduce night flights if permission was given for a third runway.

Cross-examined yesterday by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee (1), Mr Holland-Kaye gave the clearest signal yet that a new runway would lead to a reduction in flights before 6am.  But he appeared to rule out a total ban.

He told the committee: “There are huge benefits to local communities for getting rid of the early morning scheduled arrivals between 4.30 and 6am”.

“Equally there is a big cost to that for the UK economy because those are very valuable trading routes to the Far East, Singapore and Hong Kong. It’s not easy to resolve that”.

“We are working on it. I’m confident that we will be able to find a way through that and that there’s a real opportunity to significantly reduce night flying at Heathrow with expansion.”

The Airports Commission, which the previous Government set up in 2012, to look at the need for more runways, recommended in its report published in July of this year that a legally-binding ban on night flights should be a condition of a third runway being given the go-ahead.

John Stewart, chair of the campaign group HACAN which opposes Heathrow expansion, “For the first time I can remember a Heathrow CEO has talked about the possibility of a real reduction in night flights”.

“However, we believe they are so disturbing to so many people that a complete ban on planes before 6am should be introduced whether or not a third runway is built.”

The Government is expected to take a decision about whether or not to give the green light to a third runway at Heathrow before Christmas.

Before the start of the Committee hearings campaigners staged a demonstration outside the building to highlight the air pollution problems around Heathrow

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 Notes for Editors:

 (1). The Environmental Audit Committee is conducting an investigation into whether the conditions the Airport Commission recommended should be met if a third runway goes ahead are feasible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New survey: London businesses rate airport expansion the least important measure to assist the capital’s economy

Press Release

 29/10/15 for immediate use

 Londoners rate new airport capacity as he least important measure required to ensure London remains competitive with other global cities, according to a survey released today by the London Chamber of Commerce (1).  The survey, undertaken by ComRes for London Tomorrow, a group set up in part by the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, found affordable housing topped most people’s list.

Com Res surveyed businesses, councillors and the public.  Only 3% of the public put new airport capacity at the top of their list and just 2% of businesses and 1% of councillors did so.

John Stewart, the chair of HACAN, which campaigns against a third runway at Heathrow, said, “These figures are very revealing.  Across the board Londoners do not think airport matters to the future of the capital.  The figures suggest that the polls which Heathrow Airport has carried out  in a limited number of areas close to the airport significantly overstate the support there is for a third runway amongst Londoners as a whole.

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 Notes for Editors:

 (1). The full poll can be found at http://www.comres.co.uk/polls/lcci-london-tomorrow-survey-q3-2015/

For further information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641; 07957385650

 

 

 

Campaigners mark 6th anniversary of PM’s promise not to build a 3rd runway

Press Release

19/10/15 for immediate use

 Heathrow campaigners park plane outside Downing St to mark 6th anniversary of Prime Ministers ‘No ifs, no buts, no 3rd runway’ speech

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To mark the 6th anniversary of David Cameron’s speech where he promised ‘No ifs; no buts; there will be no third runway’ Heathrow campaigners parked a plane outside Downing Street this morning .

On 19th October 2006 David Cameron, then leader of the opposition, made his now famous promise in a speech at a rally in Christ School in Richmond (2).  When the Coalition Government came to power in 2010 it ruled out any new runways for the duration of that Parliament.  But in 2012 it set up the Airports Commission, under Sir Howard Davies, to look at the case for new runways.

In July of this year the Commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow.  The Prime Minister is expected to announce before the end of the year whether he accepts that decision.

Margaret Thorburn, spokesperson for the campaigners said, “Today’s colourful stunt is a visible reminder to David Cameron of the promise he made on this day six years ago.  If he breaks it, he will not be forgiven by tens of thousands of people in and around London and countless environmentalists across the country.”

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 Notes for Editors:

 (2). Report of the original speech

http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/4694685.David_Cameron___No_third_runway___no_ifs__no_buts_/

 

 

Five Mayoral candidates to address ‘biggest ever’ rally against Heathrow Third Runway

Press Release

7/10/15 for immediate use

 Five Mayoral candidates to address ‘biggest ever’ rally against Heathrow Third Runway

10th October. Parliament Square. 10.30am. Speakers start 11am.  Finish by 12.30pm

All the candidates to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London from the main political parties will speak at a mass rally against a third runway at Heathrow to be held on 10th October in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament.  They will be joined by speakers from the local community and from leading environmental organizations.   The rally, which organizers believe will be the ‘biggest ever’ against Heathrow expansion, will take place just weeks before David Cameron is expected to make an announcement on a new runway for London and the South East.    At present the Cabinet is looking at the recommendation of the Airports Commission that the runway should be built at Heathrow.  However, over recent months, the owners of Gatwick have continued to make the case for a second runway at their airport.

John Stewart, chair of HACAN, the campaign group which is one of the main organizers of the rally, said, “Thousands are expected to send a clear message to the Prime Minister that they will fight any decision to give the green light to a new runway at Heathrow.  And the message from all the key Mayoral candidates is equally clear.  They stand united on this issue.  They are all firmly against a third runway.”

Notes for Editors:

 The full list of confirmed speakers is (running order yet to be finalised):

John Stewart, Chair HACAN (to welcome and introduce)

John McDonnell Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington

Zac Goldsmith MP for Richmond and North Kingston (and Conservative Mayoral candidate)

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting (and Labour Mayoral candidate)

Sian Berry, Green Party Mayoral Candidate

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate

Peter Whittle, UKIP Mayoral candidate

John Sauven, Chief Executive of Greenpeace

Gina Parihar, Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth

Tania Mathias, Conservative MP for Twickenham

A long-standing resident from the Heathrow villages who will lose her home

Gyles Brandreth will act as master of ceremonies

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 For further information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650

Heathrow Airport rapped over expansion ad by Advertising Standards Authority

Press Release

 15/9/15 embargoed until Wed, Sep 16, 00:01  

 Heathrow Airport rapped over expansion ad by Advertising Standards AuthorityHeathrow offending adHeathrow Airport has been rapped over the knuckles by the Advertising Standards Authority over a prominent advert it used to promote expansion of the airport (1).  Eight complainants challenged that the ad saying it was misleading , with its claim  that  ‘50% of local people’ were in favour of the airport’s expansion and featuring the text ‘those living around us are behind us’. The complaints have been upheld upheld, with the ads forbidden from appearing again in their current form.

John Stewart, chair of the campaign group HACAN, which opposes the expansion of Heathrow, said, “This judgment is not good news for Heathrow.    It undermines a key plank of their campaign that they have strong local support for a third runway.”

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 Notes for Editors

 (1). The ASA will publish its decision on Wednesday 16th September:  www.asa.org.uk

For further details:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641; 07957385650

Matt Wilson , Advertising Standards Authority , 020 7494 2122

Heathrow Poll Shows Support for 3rd Runway Static

Press Release

 9/9/15 for immediate use

 Heathrow Poll Shows Support for 3rd Runway Static

Heathrow Airport today published a poll which shows that support for a third runway remains static (1).  Around 50% support expansion, with 34% opposed to it.  This is very similar to the findings of a poll they released at the beginning of the year (2).  A third of people continue to oppose expansion.  In fact the figures have changed little over the past decade (3).

John Stewart, the chair of HACAN, the campaign group which opposes expansion, “In their heart of hearts Heathrow must be disappointed with these results.  Despite the millions they have spent on advertising, the polls have not moved.  Indeed the Government, which is considering whether to give the green light to a third runway, might be more interested in the numbers which continue to oppose expansion.  Hundreds of thousands of people do not want a third runway.  That is formidable opposition.

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 Notes for Editors

 (1). The latest poll: http://www.populus.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Heathrow_Jul+Aug15PressSet.pdf

(2). The January 2015 poll: http://mediacentre.heathrow.com/pressrelease/details/81/Expansion-News-23/4363

(3). The 2007 poll:  http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=281

For further information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650

HACAN backs cross-party campaign against 3rd Runway launched today

Press Release

2/9/15 for immediate use

 HACAN backs cross-party campaign against 3rd Runway 

HACAN, which provides a voice for residents under the Heathrow flight paths, has given its backing to a cross-party campaign launched today to stop a third runway at Heathrow.

The Coalition Against Heathrow Expansion includes the Mayor of London, Conservative MPs Zac Goldsmith, Adam Afriyie and Tania Mathias, Labour MPs John McDonnell, Ruth Cadbury, Andy Slaughter and Kate Hoey as well as five councils and campaign groups including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

The campaign will be delivering over 1.6m flyers across London and the South East to people who could be impacted by a third runway.  It is also organising a mass rally in Central London on October 10th

HACAN Chair John Stewart, who will be fronting the rally, said, “This leaflet drop and rally is the biggest effort ever by opponents of Heathrow expansion.  It shows that, despite the recommendation of the Airports Commission that a third runway goes ahead, we are confident that we can bury the proposal once and for all.”

Later this year the Government will decide whether to endorse the Airports Commission’s recommendation of a third runway or to go for another solution.

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Notes to the Editor:

.Link to example flyer: http://www.zacgoldsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Heathrow-Flyer_Hounslow.pdf

·Members of the Coalition:
Adam Afriyie MP
Ruth Cadbury MP
Zac Goldsmith MP
Kate Hoey MP
Boris Johnson MP
Tania Mathias MP
John McDonnell MP
Andy Slaughter MP
Wandsworth Council
Hillingdon Council
Richmond Council
Kingston Council
Windsor and Maidenhead Council
HACAN
Richmond Heathrow Campaign
Teddington Action Group
Greenpeace
Friends of the Earth
Stop Heathrow Expansion
Ealing Aircraft Noise Action Group
Communities Against Increased Aircraft Noise

For more information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650

Only 13.2% of Britons Back a Third Runway at Heathrow

Press Release

28/7/15 for immediate use

Only 13.2% of Britons Back a Third Runway at Heathrow

A Mori poll released yesterday shows that only 13% of people in the UK back a third runway at Heathrow.  Most people, 60%, want to see more airport capacity in the country but few of them want it at Heathrow.  A third of people are against any expansion at all.

Of those who favour expansion, 30% want to see a new airport, 24% support Gatwick and 22% Heathrow.  But, when those who oppose all expansion are taken into account, support for a third runway at Heathrow falls to a mere 13%.

John Stewart, chair of HACAN, which opposes a third runway, said, “The politicians who back Heathrow expansion are simply out of tune with public opinion. Moreover, this independent poll shows Heathrow-commissioned polls do not tell the full story”.

Most people thought that concerns about noise and the natural environment were more important than jobs and economic growth when considering where new runway or a new airport should be built.

Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said: “At the moment, the public’s view is dominated by concerns about environmental impact and noise rather than jobs or cost.”

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Notes for Editors:

1.  Link to the survey: https://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/3606/Most-Britons-believe-airport-capacity-should-be-increased.aspx