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Redbridge Council leader backs Boris' London City Airport expansion refusal

PUBLISHED: 14:40 30 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:19 30 March 2015

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Those living under flight-paths will be "relieved" according to the council leader after the decision to reject airport expansion plans was made.

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal backed Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s refusal to expand runways at London City Airport in Silvertown, Newham, on noise grounds.

The comments come after the mayor instructed Newham Council, which had previously approved the move, to refuse the planning application, which could have seen more planes flying over Redbridge.

Cllr Athwal said: “Residents who would have suffered constantly will be relieved.”

He added: “I understand the airport has to expand but you have to consult the people and we were not. That’s why we had a motion at full council and wrote to the mayor demanding that we were.”

The Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN) also campaigned against the expansion.

HACAN East’s John Stewart said: “We welcome the news – it’s great for residents. Boris Johnson is right to question whether the airport had done enough work around noise pollution.

“The airport is paying the price for being so cavalier about noise. Quite simply, Boris did not believe its claims that it was dealing adequately with noise. We salute his decision.”

He added: “This has been a genuine community campaign and we have highlighted the issue to let people know that they could object to the application.”

The mayor refused permission on the grounds that “it does not adequately mitigate and manage its adverse noise impacts”.

The airport’s development programme claimed the expansion would deliver an additional £750million to the UK economy, 2,000 new jobs and would cater for quieter “next-generation” planes.

London City Airport chief executive officer Declan Collier said: “The decision goes against everything that the mayor supports and promotes.

“It is ironic that the Mayor of London, whose platform has always been one of advantage for business in London, is denying the capital the business opportunity presented by growth at London City Airport.”

He added: “It is doubly ironic that this decision was taken on the airport’s busiest-ever day, when more than 16,500 passengers passed through the terminal. Demand for the connectivity the airport provides is growing.”

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