New changes from the Civil Aviation Authority will have drastic consequences to the residents of East London.
Caroline Pidgeon, transport spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the concentration of flight paths from London City Airport that are starting today said:
“The changes that are starting today will mean residents who were hardly overflown at all by planes from London City Airport a few years ago now face living under a concentrated flight path."
“Most days Bow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead, Redbridge, and Barkingside will be affected by departures from the airport. At the same time Thamesmead will be badly hit by arrivals. These areas will be hit about 70% of the time when a west wind is blowing.
“When the wind comes from the east all the departures will go over Barking Riverside, Dagenham and Hornchurch and the arrivals will go over Sidcup, New Eltham, Mottingham, Catford, Forest Hill, Dulwich Village, Herne Hill, Brixton, Stockwell and Vauxhall.
“Fundamental questions have to be asked as to why such important and long term changes have been allowed to take place with so little consultation.
“London City Airport did little more than merely bury a technical document on its website."
Elaine Bagshaw, Liberal Democrat candidate for City and East added, "It’s shameful that residents have been let down twice by London City Airport. Adding 44,000 flights per year without proper consultation is irresponsible and ignoring the needs of local residents is even worse."
Notes to editors:
1. For more information on the lack of public consultation over the flight path changes see Airport Watch website.
2. London City Airport wants to increase its terminal facilities in order to be able to operate 120,000 flights per year, which would be 44,000 more than currently operate per year. London City Airport is taking the Mayor of London to the Planning Inspectorate in March over the Mayor’s overruling of Newham Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the expansion of the airport in February 2015.