Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Local Councillors Warn Over Airport's Growth

Taken from Bexley Labour Councillors Press Release

Bexley's Labour Councillors have successfully urged Bexley Council's Planning Committee to object to the London Borough of Newham that an increase in flights to London City Airport should not be allowed. Bexley's Planning Committee considered an application from London City Airport to the London Borough of Newham on 7 February to increase their flights from 73,000 to 120,000 per year.

In their submission to the Planning Committee Meeting, Thamesmead East Councillors Sandra Bauer and Harry Persaud said
"We are concerned that most Thamesmead residents have absolutely no idea that this proposal has been submitted as the planning application has been lodged with the London Borough of Newham. Neither London City Airport or the London Borough of Newham appear to have made any pro-active approach to make our residents aware of this application. Thamesmead is directly underneath the main flight path for London City Airport and only a few miles distance so will be adversely affected by these proposals.
Environmental and noise pollution will have a negative impact on the quality of life of residents. Their enjoyment of their gardens and free time, particularly during the summer will be affected and given the large number of increased flights of a daytime, it appears that there will be a constant stream of aircraft overhead. The proposal will of course also have an adverse effect on the area's rare marshland wildlife. We would urge you to recommend to the London Borough of Newham that this proposal is rejected."At the meeting itself Slade Green Councillor John Eastaugh expressed his concerns about an increase in noise pollution and Thamesmead Councillor Harbans Buttar expressed his concerns about air pollution.

Belvedere Councillor Daniel Francis raised concerns that the Airport may not be complying with their current planning permission as there were 81,000 flights in 2007, that local residents had not been consulted, that there were be no sound insulation grants available for local residents and whether the airport can accommodate a 50% increase in flights.

The application will now go before the planning committee in the London Borough of Newham.