Campaign group receives ‘numerous’ complaints over flight path noise in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 07:02 31 August 2016

London City Airport

London City Airport

Andrew Holt

A campaign group says it receives “dozens” of complaints every month, following an increase in flights over part of Redbridge.

In November, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allowed London City Airport to concentrate flight corridors in certain areas, meaning more planes fly over Wanstead and Barkingside as well as other parts of east London, including Leytonstone and Hornchurch.

John Stewart, chairman of Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (Hacan East), said the complaints came from across east London.

He 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 resident from Barkingside said the changes had reduced their quality of life.

They said: “Why it is ok to make the flight path for the aircraft to and from City Airport narrower, which impacts greatly on our quality of life?

“At busy times we are subjected to planes departing every couple of minutes.”

At the beginning of August, a £344m expansion programme was given the green light by Ministers, which will increase the number of take-offs and landings at the airport from 70,000 a year to 111,000.

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