Campaign launched over London City Airport flight path proposals

Cllrs Paul Merry and Sheila Bain show concerns over City airports proposed flight plans

Cllrs Paul Merry and Sheila Bain show concerns over City airports proposed flight plans - Credit: Archant

A petition has been launched against plans to fly more planes over Wanstead and Barkingside.

London City Airport is consulting over proposals to concentrate its flights on one route.

But opponents have hit out at the idea, with campaigners starting an online petition.

Cllr Sheila Bain (Wanstead, Lab) said: “Obviously I oppose the proposals and the noise and environmental impact it will have on those who live under the flight path like myself.

“There’s been no consultation.”


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Cllr Bain said she would be putting a motion forward to Redbridge Council to formally oppose the proposals, over which the consultation ends on Thursday November 27.

The proposed flight path would see all planes flying along a narrow corridor across Bow, Hackney Wick, Leyton Midland Road, Leytonstone, Wanstead, Barkingside and Colliers Row.

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John Stewart of HACAN (Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise), which has organised a public meeting in Wanstead Library at 7.30pm on Monday November 3, said London City Airport needed to do more to tell residents about the plans.

“People feel neglected – there’s no trust,” he said.

“Wanstead is quiet, it’s suburban. This will make a real difference.

“Effectively people don’t know about it.”

He said following the consultation, HACAN would be writing to the Civil Aviation Authority – which will have to approve the plans – to complain about the consultation.

A spokesman for London City Airport said plans would be following the same paths they do now but “more accurately”.

She said: “In 2019 it will become mandatory for all airports and all aircraft to use R-NAV technology.

“We do not need to change our flight paths to achieve this, we will replicate the existing flight paths.

“In real terms, this means that aircraft will follow the same paths that they do today, but more accurately.”

A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority said: “Once London City Airport and NATS has concluded its consultation, they will submit any airspace change proposal to the CAA, for our approval.”

To sign the petition to stop the current proposal, visit change.org.

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