Major Heathrow consultation launched in January
8th January 2019
Heathrow Airport launched a major public consultation today. It runs for 12 weeks until 4th March.
Runway alternation in West London will be cut from half a day to a third of the day to allow for alternation on a third runway if it is built. The consultation is asking for views on how this should be implemented.
Significant changes to airspace are proposed to allow for vast swathes of London and the Home Counties, which currently get all-day flying, to get respite from the noise for the first time. It applies to both arrivals and departures.
HACAN has released its response to the consultation. Please feel free to use it to inform your own response should you wish. It can be found at: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/HACAN-response-to-Heathrow-Consultation-1.pdf
And here is the response of our sister organisation HACAN East: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Heathrow-Consultation-response-from-HACAN-East-1.pdf
For a 2 page summary of the runway alternation and respite proposals click: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Heathrow-Consultation-briefing-arrivals-runway-alternation-and-respite-1-1.pdf
For a 1 page summary on the departure proposals click: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Heathrow-Consultation-briefing-departures-1-1.pdf
The night period when there are no scheduled flights allowed will be extended from 5 hours to six and a half hours. Views are sought on how this should operate.
For a 1 page summary of the night flight proposals click: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Heathrow-Consultation-briefing-night-flights-1.pdf
Views are sought on whether ‘westerly preference’ should remain – this is where planes continue to fly as if a west wind is blowing when there is an east wind (of up to 5 knots)
For a 1 page summary on the westerly preference proposals click: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Heathrow-consultation-briefing-westerly-preference-1.pdf
Heathrow is proposing to bring in 25,000 extra flights a year in the years running up to the opening of any third runway. Some of these flights will use new dedicated flight paths called Independent Parallel Approaches.
For a 2 page summary of Independent Parallel Approaches click: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Independent-Parallel-Approach-briefing-1.pdf
The full Heathrow document is here: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Heathrow-Airspace-and-Future-Operations-Consultation-document-Final-low-res-1.pdf
Here’s a link to where and when the Heathrow consultation exhibitions will take place: http://afo.heathrowconsultation.com
Here’s a powerpoint we have put together highlighting how different areas could be affected by the consultation proposals: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Heathrow-Airspace-Consultation-1.pdf
Respite Report launched
Heathrow published its long-awaited respite report commissioned from Anderson Acoustics on 16th February 2017. It is the first of its kind to be done. HACAN was part of the steering group. Summary video: https://youtu.be/7Z5mt7rKJgA .
Where to find the reports: https://www.heathrow.com/noise/making-heathrow-quieter/respite-research
Most people favour respite
Heathrow’s consultation on the principles it should use in designing its new flight paths showed most people backed respite. 54% wanted the priority to be respite even if that increased the total number overflown; 25% wanted the priority to be to prevent new areas being overflown (that included most respondents not currently overflown); any only 22% backed minimising the total number overflown by concentrating all the flights over certain areas. (Some backed more than one option which is why the don;t add up to 100%).
You can reading about further findings here: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/95fcb6e4-d297-4678-9a08-3a819f0529d9
The day after the Airports Commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow residents blocked the road tunnel to Heathrow in protest. Check out the video: https://youtu.be/19R0UG2pFWc
Welcome to the HACAN South East Page
HACAN South East is an arm of HACAN. It was set up in September 2017 to give a voice in particular to people living under the flight paths in SE London (roughly from Clapham to Eltham).
A visual representation of aircraft movement linked to Heathrow – Green represent arrivals resulting from westerly winds (30% of the time), Red represent easterly (70% of the time).
Find out the key things we are campaigning for: http://wp.me/P5NPQ9-13m
If you want to find out more about us or are keen to help us email either: email@example.com
Details are on the main HACAN Page but the Airspace Consultation is particularly important to people in SE London.
Consultation Venues: further east than ever before
In a recognition that people are impacted by aircraft noise much further from the airport than previously acknowledged. On Friday 16 Feb (12- 8pm) there will be an exhibition for the first time in Vauxhall. The venue , Wheatsheaf Community Centre, Wheatsheaf Lone, off South Lambeth Road is easily accessed from Brixton, Clappham, Oval, Waterloo and Camberwell.
HACAN, though, is in discussion with Heathrow to have two extra meetings: one further into SE London; one in NE London.
Parts of SE London are also overflown by aircraft arriving at London City Airport when an east wind is blowing. This wasn’t too much of a problem until the flight paths were concentrated in February 2016. Since then the planes have been concentrated over Eltham, Mottingham, Catford, Dulwich, Brixton, Stockwell, Oval and Waterloo. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are expected to comment on these concentrated flight paths by the end of this year. We’ll bring news of that as soon as we get it.
- Some days some areas get both Heathrow and City aircraft. Scroll down to find out why.
HACAN South East was launched on 27th September at a packed public meeting at the Oval.
Read our blog outlining practical ways to cut noise across South East London: http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=547
Not just a West London problem – people relate their experiences on video of living with aircraft noise.
Click here to look at the videos: http://map.hacan.org.uk/
When people get annoyed by noise
The Government has recognised that people get annoyed by aircraft noise at lower levels than it previously thought. It now accepts the noise from Heathrow can annoy people in SE London. Its Airspace Strategy, published in October 2017, recognised that people can get annoyed by aircraft noise when it averages out over a 16 hour day at 54 decibels. Previously government argued it was 57 decibels. Some people get annoyed at even lower levels.
The figures are based on a study which the Government commissioned from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA): Survey of Noise Attitudes 2014.
The chart above, taken from the study, compares the results of the Government sponsored ANIS Study with the new study. 9% of people are highly annoyed when the average is 54 decibels. In geographical terms around Heathrow that goes as far as about Clapham to the east and about 16 miles to the west: about 65,000 people in total. The lower average of 51% extends about as far as Peckham.
The full study: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP%201506%20FEB17.pdf
And you can read here the HACAN South East summary of the Government’s new Airspace Strategy: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Airspace-Policy.pdf
Why do parts of SE London sometimes get Heathrow and City planes on the same day? It is all to do with the wind. When the west wind blows, Heathrow planes land over SE London. When it’s an east wind, many areas get City planes. But Heathrow planes also land when an east wind is blowing up to about 5 knots. So on these days both Heathrow and City aircraft are landing over SE London.
Out and About Campaigning
We were joined by Keith Prince AM, current Chair of the GLA Transport Committee. The presentation was timed to ask CAA, in the lead up to their flightpath proposals for City Airport, to take into consideration all people and all areas of London who will be affected by their recommendations.
The CAA entered into the spirit of the event with a picture of the cake accompanying this tweet:
Mr Prince extended an invitation to Campaigners to meet him at City Hall in September. He has promised to take our concerns regarding dedicated flight paths, as well as other plane-related issues, and how they affect residents of East and South East London to Mayor of London Rt Hon Sadiq Khan.
It’s been going on for 20 years…….
Although many residents feel that the problem of Heathrow planes has got worse in recent years as it seems flight paths have narrowed, the big change took place in the mid-1990s when planes began joining their final approach to Heathrow much further east than before. Previously they had tended to join it around Barnes. From about 1996 many started to join in SE London. Thus, many people became ‘the new neighbours of Heathrow’.
Read residents stories: http://www.hacan.org.uk/resources/reports/flight.paths.residents.experiences.pdf
And the summary of a major report commissioned by HACAN: http://hacan.org.uk/resources/reports/hacan.flight.paths.study.pdf
Click on to a recent video: https://youtu.be/7SvPAFd9ajI
And one made 10 years ago: https://youtu.be/rXf8o_khz8s
And one made in October 2017 where local residents graphically describe 30 years of living with London City Airport: https://youtu.be/6dMy7cGUVo4
Below is the candidates standing in the General Election in key constituencies impacted by Heathrow, together with their emails where they are available. Feel free to email them to ask their views on a 3rd runway, on flight paths, on night flights or any other related topic.
Hornsey and Wood Green
Lynne Featherstone MP, Lib Dem, Lynne@LynneFeatherstone.org
Catherine West, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clive Morrison, UKIP, email@example.com
Suhail Rahuja, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gordon Peters, Green, email@example.com
Marc Vandal, ClassWar
Dulwich and West Norwood
Helen Hayes, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Barber, Lab, email@example.com
Resham Kotecha, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rathy Alagarathan, UKIP
Rashid Nix, Green
Runnymede and Weybridge
Philip Hammond MP, Con, email@example.com
Arran Neathey, Lab,
John Vincent, Lib Dem, firstname.lastname@example.org ;
Rustam Majainah, Green, email@example.com
Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Jacobs, Green, email@example.com
Redvers Cunningham, UKIP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosie Shimell, Lib Dem,
Rebecca Geach, Lab,
Chuka Umunna MP, Lab, email@example.com
Amna Ahmad, Lib Dems, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Caddy, Con,
Bruce Machan, UKIP
Jonathan Bartley, Green, email@example.com
Unjum Mirza, TUSC,
Vince Cable MP, Lib Dem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tania Mathias, Con, email@example.com ;
Nick Grant, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya Williams, Green, email@example.com
Barry Edwards, UKIP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Hoey MP, Lab, email@example.com
Adrian Trett, Lib Dems, Adrian.firstname.lastname@example.org
James Bellis, Con, email@example.com
Gulnar Hasnain, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ace Nnorom, UKIP
Simon Hughes MP, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Neil Coyle, Lab, Neil.Coyle@neilcoyle.org.uk
Jean-Paul Flora, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosamund Beattie, UKIP
William Lavin, Green, email@example.com
Kingsley Abrams, TUSC
Dominic Grieve MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Chapman, Lib Dems, email@example.com
Tim Scott, UKIP
Dave Hampton, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Buck MP, Lab, email@example.com
Lindsey Hall, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Nadal, Green, email@example.com
Nigel Sussman, UKIP
Kirsty Allen, Lib Dem
Cities of London
Mark Field MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Belinda Brookes-Gordon, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Nick Slingsby, Lab,
Hugh Small, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip Lee MP, Con, email@example.com
Patrick Smith, Lib Dem, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Walsh, Lab,
Richard Thomas, UKIP, email@example.com
Derek Florey, Green
Stephen Hammond MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shas Sheehan, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Andrew Judge, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Bucklitsch, UKIP, email@example.com
Virenda Sharma MP, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Symes, Con, email@example.com
John Poynton, UKIP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kavya Kaushik, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Jaspreet Mahal, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Slaughter MP, Lab, email@example.com
Charlie Dewhirst, Con
Millicent Scott, Lib Dems, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Akan, Green, email@example.com
Richard Wood, UKIP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Boris Johnson, Con, email@example.com ;
Jack Duffin, UKIP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham Lee, Green, email@example.com
Michael Cox, Lib Dem firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Summers, Lab, email@example.com
Justine Greening MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Sheila Boswell, Lab, email@example.com
Chris Poole, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Hallett, Lib Dems, email@example.com
Jane Ellison MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Martindale, Lab, email@example.com
Joe Stuart, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Taylor, Lib Dems, email@example.com
Chris Howe, UKIP
Greg Hands MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Rubin, Green, email@example.com
Simon Bailey, Lib Dem
Rod Abouharb, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin McGhee, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Robina Rose, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Davey MP, email@example.com
James Berry, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Godfrey, Lab, email@example.com
Ben Roberts, UKIP
Clare Keogh, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurel Fogarty, TUSC, Kingston.TUSC@hotmail.com
Fiona Mactaggart MP, Lab, email@example.com
Gurchuran Singh, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Wight, UKIP, email@example.com
Tom McCann, Lib Dem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Afriyie MP, Con, email@example.com
Fiona Dent, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Wall, Green, email@example.com
Widom da Costa, Independent, firstname.lastname@example.org
George Fussey, Lib Dems, email@example.com
Hayes and Harlington
John McDonnell MP, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pearl Lewis, Con, email@example.com
Cliff Dixon, UKIP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alick Munro, Green, email@example.com
Richmond Park and North Kingston
Zac Goldsmith MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Meltzer, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Sachin Patel, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andree Friexe, Green, email@example.com
Sam Naz, UKIP
Ealing and Acton
Angie Bray MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rupa Huq, Lab, email@example.com
Tom Sharman, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Florence, UKIP
Jon Ball, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Brentford and Isleworth
Mary Macleod MP, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Cadbury, Lab, email@example.com
Joseph Bourke, Lib Dem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Goldsmith, Green, email@example.com
Richard Hendron, (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Feltham and Heston
Seema Malhotra MP, Lab, email@example.com
Simon Nayyar, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Crouch, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Tony Firkins, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Dul, UKIP
Bethnal Green and Bow
Ali Rushanara MP Lab email@example.com
Matthew Smith Con firstname.lastname@example.org
Teena Lashmore Lib Dems
Alastair Polson Green email@example.com
Glyn Robbins, TUSC,
Poplar and Limehouse
Jim Fitzpatrick MP Lab firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Wilford Con email@example.com
Elaine Bagshaw Lib Dem
Maureen Childes Green Party, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leyton and Wanstead
John Cryer MP Lab email@example.com
Matthew Scott Con firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Levin UKIP email@example.com
Ashley Gunstock Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Quillian Lib Dem
Stephen Timms MP Labour email@example.com
Tamsin Omond Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Samir Jassal Con
Lois Austin TUSC
David Thorpe, Lib Dem
Lyn Brown MP Lab email@example.com
Festus Akinbbusoye Con firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Lithgow Green email@example.com
Paul Reynolds Lib Dems firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Watkinson MP Con email@example.com
Paul McGeary Lab
Lawrence Webb UKIP firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Collins Green email@example.com
Clive Efford MP Lab firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Cunliffe Lib Dem Alex4Eltham@gmail.com
Peter Whittle UKIP email@example.com
Spencer Drury Con firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Alexander MP Lab email@example.com
Peter Fortune Con firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Fletcher Lib Dem email@example.com
Storm Poorun Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Dowd MP Lab email@example.com
Russell Jackson Con firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Chance Green email@example.com
Alex Feakes Lib Dem firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Powell TUSC
Vicky Foxcroft Lab email@example.com
Birn Afolami Con firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Bukola Lib Dem email@example.com
John Coughlin Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Flood TUSC
Matthew Pennycook Lab email@example.com
Matt Hartley Con firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Acty UKIP email@example.com
Abbey Akinoshun Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Stella Creasy MP, Lab, email@example.com
Steven Cheung, Lib Dem,
Molly Samual-Leport, Con,
Nancy Taffe, TUSC,
Paul Hillman, UKIP
Michael Gold, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Meg Hillier MP, Lab, email@example.com
Charlotte George, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Mathis, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Jack Tinley, Con, firstname.lastname@example.org
Angus Small, UKIP
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Diane Abbott MP, Lab, email@example.com
Heather Finlay, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Gray, Con, email@example.com
Simon de Deney, Lib Dem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Fraser, UKIP, email@example.com
Islington South and Finsbury
Emily Thornberry MP, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Kiss, Green, Charlie.email@example.com
Peter Muswell, UKIP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Stacey, Lib Dems,
Mark Lim, Con,
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Lab, email@example.com
Caroline Russell, Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julian Gregory, Lib Dem, email@example.com
Alex Burghart, Con,
Hampstead and Kilburn
Tulip Siddiq, Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Marcus, Con, email@example.com
Maajid Nawaz, Lib Dem, MaajidNawaazHK@gmail.com
Rebecca Johnson, Green, Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Magnus Neilson, UKIP
London is outstripping all world cities as an aviation hub. It debunks the capacity crunch myth. Far from Britain declining as an aviation superpower, the capital’s global lead over every other city in the world is increasing.
Despite the “capacity crunch” at the capital’s airport, figures compiled by The Independent reveal that London remains the world’s top airline hub by a wide margin – and is racing ahead of its closest rival, New York.
A record 144.7m passengers flew through London’s five commercial airports in 2014. The figure translates to an average of 275 people – or one wide-bodied aircraft – arriving or departing every minute of every day of the year. The capital is 23 per cent ahead of New York, which has three airports.
The Independent has analysed passenger figures for the 20 key aviation cities, aggregating the traffic for all airports serving each metropolis. London’s catchment comprises Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City. Flight movements at Heathrow have reached their effective limit at 1,290 per day, and the airport’s passenger figures are now dwarfed by Atlanta and Beijing. Yet Heathrow grew 1.7 per cent thanks to larger aircraft. Combined with rapid growth at the capital’s other airports, London put on almost seven million passengers during the year, a rise of 5 per cent.
Read the full article: http://ind.pn/1EcVggf .
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.
- Read the HACAN Press Release http://hacan.org.uk/third-runway-would-halve-respite-period-for-tens-of-thousands-in-west-london/
- Read the HACAN Briefing http://hacan.org.uk/third-runways-flight-paths/
- Read the Evening Standard Report http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/one-plane-every-90-seconds-for-13-hours-if-heathrow-third-runway-is-built-9646184.html …
- Read the Heathrow Airport Report 01: Air and ground noise assessment
HACAN started life in the 1960s as KACAN, Kew Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise. Within 10 years the acronym altered and we became HACAN, Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise.
Both organisations always recognised that Heathrow has a contribution to make to the national economy, and to the London’s local economy. We have never opposed Heathrow per se. Our aim has been to represent the concerns of the residents under the flight paths and around the airport.
HACAN became HACAN ClearSkies in 1999/2000 as aircraft noise became a serious problem for the first time in areas of London and the Thames Valley much further away from Heathrow. People are troubled by aircraft noise who live over 20 miles from the airport. There was a change in the way the aircraft were brought into land in 1996, bringing noise to these new areas. This was done in secret, without consultation or warning with the local councils or the local communities. Subsequently went back to just calling ourselves HACAN.
We believe that residents have been betrayed by successive governments.
In 1978, the Inspector at the Terminal 4 Public Inquiry recommended the go-ahead for the terminal, but with a strict limit on the number of flights. Within a short time of the terminal opening (in the late 1980s) that limit had ben ignored.
In the 1990s we fought the longest Public Enquiry in UK history – lasting nearly 4 years – against Terminal 5. In 2001, the Inspector recommended the go-ahead for Terminal 5, but with a limit of 480,000 flights per year. The Government accepted the limit, but within 9 months it had put out for consultation proposals for a 3rd runway which would have increased the annual number of flights to 655,000. Terminal 5 in due to be open in 2007.
HACAN has gone to the highest court in Europe over night flights.
In 2001 the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg found in our favour, and against the Government. It agreed that night flights were an infringement of our human right to a good night’s sleep. But the Government appealed and the court upheld the appeal in July 2003.
HACAN ClearSkies now works with protest groups across the UK and all over Europe.
We are not in the business of ‘exporting our misery’ to somebody else. We believe that the only hope to bring a halt to the incessant pressure for expansion of Heathrow is a change of direction in European policy.. We argue that, if the substantial tax concessions the industry receives each year were phased out, Governments could manage demand.