Friday, July 10, 2009
LB Newham, Failings on London City Airport
"Newham Council failed to contact and notify residents and previous attendees on this planning meeting.
Newham Council failed to disclose that they are shareholders in AIG, previous owners of London City Airport.
Newham Council failed to disclose that they are shareholders in General Electric 50% owners of London City Airport.
Newham Council failed to disclose that they are shareholders in Credit Suisse the other 50% owners of London City Airport.
Newham Council failed to disclose that the Chairman of Newham Homes is Richard Gooding - Chief Executive of London City Airport. Many properties around the airport are managed and run by Newham Homes giving the Chief Executive of London City Airport access to sensitive information.
Newham Council failed to address flights exceeding 69db. At 69db the airport is required by law to buy the properties. How can they buy council properties around the airport? Especially as Richard Gooding Chief Executive of London City Airport would be requesting to buy properties from Richard Gooding Chair of Newham Homes. A massive conflict of interest.
Newham Council failed to disclose – under the Freedom of Information Act – how many of the properties consulted on airport expansion are run by Newham Homes and that Richard Gooding of London City Airport may have had undue pressure on.
Newham Council failed to disclose that Richard Gooding Chief Executive of London City Airport was on the board on Newham Primary Care Trust giving him access to sensitive health information like asthma readings around London City Airport.
Newham Council failed to disclose that Richard Gooding Chief Executive of London City Airport had an unfair advantage over other businesses and residents by having access to Newham Homes and Newham Primary Care Trust. (Richard Gooding remained on Newham Primary Care Trust during planning and consultation but quickly left just before the actual formal meeting in October)
Newham Council failed to protect tenants. Residents living in Newham Homes are exposed to toxic air levels around the airport. If they complain about noise or air pollution in their home their complaints are overseen by the airports Chief Executive in his role as Chair of Newham Homes.
Newham Council failed to give accurate information on the consultation process and has ignored many Freedom of Information requests into the consultation and in doing so breaking the law.
Newham Council failed to receive or substantiate jobs data. At the last expansion, London City Airport promised jobs would go from 1100 to 4000 .In fact they created in the region of 500.Most of these in security and policing which the taxpayer pays for.
Newham Council failed to get London City Airport to comply with local employment targets as set out in the Section 106.
Newham Council failed to reveal that many jobs from the likes of Cityjet are actually counted in Dublin, are registered in Ireland and employees are paid in Euros. This is not job creation for Newham.
Newham Council failed to address that most companies involved with London City Airport , such as land freeholders Civil Aviation Properties Limited are all based in tax free offshore havens like Jersey and contribute little of nothing to Newham or the UK tax system as a whole.
Newham Council failed to get a proper layout and report into the Public Safety Zone (Crash Zone).This will expand putting hundreds of people and homes at risk and halting development.
Newham Council failed to do anything or recognise that Connaught Bridge is in a Public Safety Zone (Crash Zone)
Newham Council failed to get London City Airport to stay within the Section 106 agreement.
Newham Council failed to recoup any of the £5.2 million pounds ANNUALLY that the airport gets in policing and security.
Newham Council failed to do anything about Councillor Alec Kellaway who holds in excess of £25,000 worth of shares in WPP, owners of PR Company Hill & Knowlton and who was hired by London City Airport to push through expansion. Cllr Kellaway made private submissions to the council in support of expansion.
Newham Council failed to address illegal flights outside operating hours.
Newham Council failed to get the airport to take noise readings and admits that it has not been done consistently for over 8 years.
Newham Council failed to properly consult many boroughs surrounding and affected by the airport.
Newham Council failed to give accurate and thorough information to surrounding boroughs when asking them for their views on expansion.
Newham Council failed to consult all residents who are actually within London City Airport noise contours.
Newham Council failed to consult directly with residents of Greenwich and were forced to do so.
Newham Council failed to consult with the Civil Aviation who is responsible for aviation.
Newham Council failed to recognise that air quality surrounding the airport is already 50% above acceptable EU levels.
Newham Council failed to recognise that noise levels are already in breach of World Health Organisation guidelines.
Newham Council failed to put in place a proper system of complaints so residents can complain.
Newham Council failed to monitor London City Airport flights allowing a thousands additional flights outside of planning regulations.
Newham Council failed to declare they had spent £100 MILLION on offices – Building 1000 - over looking London City Airport runway. The building lay empty for many years failing to attract other interested parties and failing to regenerate the area as claimed.
Newham Council failed to do any noise readings for Building 1000 before or after the purchase. Why spend over £100 Million on a building overlooking London City Airports runway and not take noise readings?
Newham Council failed to do any air quality readings for Building 1000 before or after the purchase putting its entire staff at risk and leaving themselves open to class lawsuits from sick staff.
Newham Council failed to recognise that Building 1000 will actually be in a crash zone.
Newham Council failed to recognise the devastating effects of toxic gases on the community. A Labour Royal Docks Councillor died of a sever asthma attack earlier in the year highlighting the severity of lung and breathing problems.
Newham Council failed to address its representative on the London City Airport Consultative Committee, Alec Kellaway, for distributing false, misleading and disingenuous information in the local Royal Docks election.
Newham Council failed to recognise that the type of aircraft used is different from a decade ago when residents were offered cheap and poorly installed double glazing. Many Residents were made sign away any rights to reclaim and as the double glazing has worn down over time and the jets got bigger and nosier , residents have become environmental prisoners in their own homes.
Newham Council failed do anything about “fuel burn” and plane thrusters being used. That choking, eye watering smell around the area is a combination of chemicals that cause everything from asthma to miscarriage.
Newham Council failed to recognise the need for a Public Inquiry even though its newly elected Labour Councillor Steve Brayshaw called for one and questioned the airport remit.
Newham Council failed in its duty of care to residents and to recognise the population density surrounding London City Airport.
Newham Council failed to recognise the Human Rights of the people surrounding London City Airport and their right to peacefully enjoy their property .The expansion would unfairly interfere with such right contrary to Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human rights...."
Posted here as well: Cllr Phil Briscoe Blog!