Minister quits over Heathrow expansion
Please sign the Petition: “Minister for Aviation: PLANE HELL: TOO EARLY, TOO LATE, TOO NOISY, TOO LOW… TOO MANY!” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name. https://chn.ge/2K6FmtW
Also a message from ‘Plane Hell Action’ Campaign about what you can do:
“Dear Friends and Neighbours,
I am now writing to ask you to contact your MP as a matter of urgency before the vote on the 3rd runway sometime next week. Would you also circulate this email and ask everyone you know, even those not currently affected, to alert their own MPs to the effects of Government’s aviation policy now and what it may do to more of us in the future?
For SE Londoners: our website will direct you to the opportunity to comment on the Airports’ Noise Action Plan or NAP, deadline 26 June 2018. SE London is entirely excluded from Heathrow’s document.
Thank you, as ever, for your past and continuing support.
NOW before the vote on the 3rd runway next week sometime:
Points you may like to make to your MP and, for those in SE London, local council Leader
It is widely acknowledged (even by those involved in airport administration and by airline executives) that Heathrow Airport (LHR) was built in the wrong place: i.e. its geographic location in relation to the conurbation of London means that the majority of flights using one of the biggest airports in the world are required to follow flight paths directly over London’s dense population.
Nothing can be done about the historic misjudgement of LHR’s location in relation to London’s inhabitants.
What CAN be done – and must be incumbent upon today’s Government, LHR airport authorities, airline companies/operatives – is to ensure that the utmost consideration is given to devise flight paths and schedules that will alleviate the aircraft noise which currently afflicts the lives of a huge swathe of London’s citizens.
Many in SE London experience simultaneous overflight below 4000 feet to more than one airport (Heathrow and London City) and this fact is currently ignored by LHR, LCY, NATs, CAA and DfT when talking about airport expansion.
Whether or not airport expansion goes ahead at either Heathrow or London City or both I would like you to insist on the immediate implementation of:
- a total ban on night flights i.e. nothing landing or taking off between 10pm – 7am
2. a total rejection of the current concentration of flight paths and a return to the pre-2013 pattern of operations
3. a total rejection of the proposed Performance Based Navigation system
4. steeper angle of take offs and landings to reduce the length and range of plane noise on those affected by departures and arrivals.
5. separate areas of operation for Heathrow and City over SE London
It is unacceptable that
- Aircraft numbers increase without the public having a say
- No organisation listens to community concerns
- Nobody appears represents my interests to my local airports
- DEFRA, Dept for Health and Dept for Transport refuse to take any responsibility for the unconsulted changes being forced on us
If you need convincing:
This is what friends have told me they experience 18 miles from Heathrow (LBC clip – 2 mins):https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/clive-bull/callers-proof-of-how-loud-it-is-heathrow/
I would like you to read and act on the blogs written as part of the Plane Hell Action campaign, which document the lived experience of residents (like myself) who live in South East London and are overflown both by planes destined for arrival at London Heathrow and London City: www.southwarkcan.org/planehell & https://planehellaction.org.uk/
& for non-Londoners: please encourage your MP to understand how their vote can mitigate the current situation of so many:
Should any form of expansion go ahead at any of the UK airports I urge you to ensure, before voting on the Heathrow issue, that points 1 – 4 above are confirmed and implemented immediately – even if MPs vote not to proceed with a 3rd runway at Heathrow. Absolutely no community should be forced to endure unbroken aviation noise, often 24 hours a day, usually 19 hours: a comparative ‘few’ (1 million in SE London) sacrificed for business purposes from which they gain nothing. We are all tax payers. We all have a human right to enjoy our lives. We all have a right to relief from plane noise.
- I have been distressed by aircraft noise for …… years /
- I have friends whose lives have been turned upside down over night by flight path changes and do not wish this to happen to your electorate or my community.
- I am affected by: