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 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: .

Where to find the reports:

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:

HACAN South East

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: 

If you want to find out more about us or are keen to help us email either:

Heathrow Consultations

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:

Not just a West London problem – people relate their experiences on video of living with aircraft noise.

Click here to look at the videos:

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:

And you can read here the HACAN South East summary of the Government’s new Airspace Strategy:

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

South East London campaigners joined forces with HACAN East and presented a flightpath cake to Tim Johnson, Head of Policy at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday 28 July.

Plane_Hell.jpg 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:

And the summary of a major report commissioned by HACAN:

Click on to a recent video:

And one made 10 years ago:  

And one made in October 2017 where local residents graphically describe 30 years of living with London City Airport:


List of Parliamentary Candidates in the General Election with their emails

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,

Catherine West, Lab,

Clive Morrison, UKIP,

Suhail Rahuja, Con,

Gordon Peters, Green,

Marc Vandal, ClassWar

Dulwich and West Norwood

Helen Hayes, Lab,

James Barber, Lab,

Resham Kotecha, Con,

Rathy Alagarathan, UKIP

Rashid Nix, Green

 Runnymede and Weybridge

Philip Hammond MP, Con,

Arran Neathey, Lab,

John Vincent, Lib Dem, ;

Rustam Majainah, Green,


Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Con,

Paul Jacobs, Green,

Redvers Cunningham, UKIP,

Rosie Shimell, Lib Dem,

Rebecca Geach, Lab,


Chuka Umunna MP, Lab,

Amna Ahmad, Lib Dems,

Kim Caddy, Con,

Bruce Machan, UKIP

Jonathan Bartley, Green,

Unjum Mirza, TUSC,


Vince Cable MP, Lib Dem,

Tania Mathias, Con, ;

Nick Grant, Lab,

Tanya Williams, Green,

Barry Edwards, UKIP,


Kate Hoey MP, Lab,

Adrian Trett, Lib Dems,

James Bellis, Con,

Gulnar Hasnain, Green,

Ace Nnorom, UKIP


 Simon Hughes MP, Lib Dem,

Neil Coyle, Lab,

Jean-Paul Flora, Con,

Rosamund Beattie, UKIP

William Lavin, Green,

Kingsley Abrams, TUSC


Dominic Grieve MP, Con,

Peter Chapman, Lib Dems,

Tim Scott, UKIP

Dave Hampton, Green,

Westminster North

Karen Buck MP, Lab,

Lindsey Hall, Con,

Jennifer Nadal, Green,

Nigel Sussman, UKIP

Kirsty Allen, Lib Dem

Cities of London

Mark Field MP, Con,

Belinda Brookes-Gordon, Lib Dem,

Nick Slingsby, Lab,

Hugh Small, Green,


Philip Lee MP, Con,

Patrick Smith, Lib Dem,

James Walsh, Lab,

Richard Thomas, UKIP,

Derek Florey, Green


Stephen Hammond MP, Con,

Shas Sheehan, Lib Dem,

Andrew Judge, Lab,

Peter Bucklitsch, UKIP,

Ealing Southall

Virenda Sharma MP, Lab,

James Symes, Con,

John Poynton, UKIP,

Kavya Kaushik, Lib Dem,

Jaspreet Mahal, Green,


Andy Slaughter MP, Lab,

Charlie Dewhirst, Con

Millicent Scott, Lib Dems,

David Akan, Green,

Richard Wood, UKIP,


Boris Johnson, Con, ;

Jack Duffin, UKIP,

Graham Lee, Green,

Michael Cox, Lib Dem

Chris Summers, Lab,


Justine Greening MP, Con,,

Sheila Boswell, Lab,

Chris Poole, Green,

Andy Hallett, Lib Dems,


Jane Ellison MP, Con,

Will Martindale, Lab,

Joe Stuart, Green,

Luke Taylor, Lib Dems,

Chris Howe, UKIP


Greg Hands MP, Con,

Alexandra Sanderson

Guy Rubin, Green,

Simon Bailey, Lib Dem


Rod Abouharb, Lab,

Robin McGhee, Lib Dem,

Robina Rose, Green,


Ed Davey MP,

James Berry, Con,

Lee Godfrey, Lab,

Ben Roberts, UKIP

Clare Keogh, Green,

Laurel Fogarty, TUSC,


Fiona Mactaggart MP, Lab,

Gurchuran Singh, Con,

Ken Wight, UKIP,

Tom McCann, Lib Dem,


Adam Afriyie MP, Con,

Fiona Dent, Lab,

Derek Wall, Green,

Widom da Costa, Independent,

George Fussey, Lib Dems,

Hayes and Harlington

John McDonnell MP, Lab,

Pearl Lewis, Con,

Cliff Dixon, UKIP,

Alick Munro, Green,

Richmond Park and North Kingston

Zac Goldsmith MP, Con,

Robin Meltzer, Lib Dem,

Sachin Patel, Lab,

Andree Friexe, Green,

Sam Naz, UKIP

Ealing and Acton

Angie Bray MP, Con,

Rupa Huq, Lab,

Tom Sharman, Green,

Peter Florence, UKIP

Jon Ball, Lib Dem,

Brentford and Isleworth

Mary Macleod MP, Con,

Ruth Cadbury, Lab,

Joseph Bourke, Lib Dem,

Daniel Goldsmith, Green,

Richard Hendron, (,

Feltham and Heston

Seema Malhotra MP, Lab,

Simon Nayyar, Con,

Roger Crouch, Lib Dem,

Tony Firkins, Green,

Peter Dul, UKIP

 Bethnal Green and Bow

Ali Rushanara MP       Lab

Matthew Smith            Con

Teena Lashmore        Lib Dems

Alastair Polson          Green

Glyn Robbins, TUSC,

  Poplar and Limehouse

Jim Fitzpatrick MP      Lab

Christopher Wilford     Con

Elaine Bagshaw           Lib Dem

Maureen Childes        Green Party,

  Leyton and Wanstead

John Cryer MP         Lab

Matthew Scott          Con

Martin Levin            UKIP

Ashley Gunstock    Green

Carl Quillian          Lib Dem

  East Ham

Stephen Timms MP Labour

Tamsin Omond     Green

Samir Jassal        Con

Lois Austin          TUSC

David Thorpe,   Lib Dem

 West Ham

Lyn Brown MP   Lab   

Festus Akinbbusoye Con

Jane Lithgow    Green

Paul Reynolds Lib Dems


Angela Watkinson MP  Con

Paul McGeary     Lab

Lawrence Webb  UKIP

Melanie Collins   Green


Clive Efford MP  Lab

Alex Cunliffe     Lib Dem

Peter Whittle   UKIP

Spencer Drury  Con

 Lewisham East

Heidi Alexander MP  Lab

Peter Fortune    Con

Julia Fletcher   Lib Dem

Storm Poorun Green

  Lewisham West

Jim Dowd MP   Lab

Russell Jackson  Con

Tom Chance  Green

Alex Feakes Lib Dem

Martin Powell  TUSC

  Lewisham Deptford

Vicky Foxcroft      Lab

Birn Afolami         Con

Michael Bukola     Lib Dem

John Coughlin    Green

Chris Flood       TUSC


Matthew Pennycook Lab

Matt Hartley            Con

Ryan Acty              UKIP

Abbey Akinoshun   Green


Stella Creasy MP, Lab,

Steven Cheung, Lib Dem,

Molly Samual-Leport, Con,

Nancy Taffe, TUSC,

Paul Hillman, UKIP

Michael Gold, Green,

Hackney South and Shoreditch

Meg Hillier MP, Lab,

Charlotte George, Green,

Ben Mathis, Lib Dem,

Jack Tinley, Con,

Angus Small, UKIP

Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Diane Abbott MP, Lab,

Heather Finlay, Green,

Amy Gray, Con,

Simon de Deney, Lib Dem,

Keith Fraser, UKIP,

Islington South and Finsbury

Emily Thornberry MP, Lab,

Charlie Kiss, Green,

Peter Muswell, UKIP,

Terry Stacey, Lib Dems,

Mark Lim, Con,

Islington North

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Lab,

Caroline Russell, Green,

Julian Gregory, Lib Dem,

Alex Burghart, Con,

Hampstead and Kilburn

Tulip Siddiq, Lab,

Simon Marcus, Con,

Maajid Nawaz, Lib Dem,

Rebecca Johnson, Green,

Magnus Neilson, UKIP












London outstripping all world cities as an aviation hub

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: .

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.

History of HACAN

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.


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.

Keep checking this website for details of the emerging campaign against the third runway.

Below is a list of Public Meetings already organised:

4th February: Richings Park Residents’ Association hosting a meeting (Richings Park, not affected at present, would likely be under a flight path if a 3rd runway were built), Richings Park Sports Club, Wellesley Avenue, SLO 9BN at 7.30pm. HACAN amongst the speakers.

6th February: Justine Greening (last time round one of the most staunch members of our coalition) is holding a public meeting St Mary’s Church in Putney at 7 for 7.30 pm. John Stewart and Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govinda speaking.

22nd February: UKIP are holding an anti-3rd runway meeting in Harlington, starting at 6.30pm.

11th March: 7.30pm at the Church Hall rear of Cranford Baptist Church, 1 Firs Drive, Cranford, TW5 9TD.