Open up City Airport consultative body to give even more Londoners a voice, says Assembly

1 December 2011

The consultative forum for London City Airport should include campaigning groups and a representative of the London Assembly to fully take into account the views of people across the capital, the Assembly’s Environment Committee said today.

The London City Airport Consultative Committee[1] meets regularly to discuss the airport’s plans and effects on its neighbours and current members include local authorities, a representative of the Mayor, public bodies, community groups, airport users and the airport operator.

Committee Chair Murad Qureshi today suggested that the organisation should include groups such as HACAN[2], which campaigns on behalf of residents in London and the South East affected by flight paths and airports, as well as a representative of the London Assembly.

Responding to the suggestion, London City Airport Chief Executive Richard Gooding said he would be open to anything that would improve the work of the consultative body.

Murad Qureshi, Chair of the Committee, said: “Noise from planes can affect many thousands of Londoners living under the flight paths, not just those living in the immediate vicinity.

“It is therefore essential that airports are not seen as a local issue but fully take account of the views of people across the capital.

“That’s why the consultative forum for City Airport should include groups who campaign on airport issues, particularly as it has been given permission to increase flights.”

During its meeting, the Committee heard how there are now around 63,000 flight movements at London City Airport each year.

However, the airport has been given permission to have up to 120,000 flights per year and so new measures are being brought in to mitigate noise and air pollution from the potential extra flights[3].

Today’s meeting builds on previous work by the Committee on airports, including a meeting last month to discuss noise and air pollution at London Heathrow Airport[4] .

Notes for Editors:

  1. See more information on the London City Airport Consultative Committee
  2. See more information on HACAN
  3. London City Airport was given permission to increase flight numbers by Newham Council, subject to tougher environmental controls on noise and air quality.
  4. The Committee has previously contributed to Assembly-wide responses to BAA Heathrow and Government consultations on proposals to expand Heathrow.  It also published a report, Flights of Fancy: can an expanded Heathrow meet its environmental targets (January 2010), on the environmental conditions the previous Government set as a pre-requisite for building a third runway at Heathrow. Find out more about the Committee’s ongoing work on Heathrow airport
  5. Watch a webcast of the meeting.
  6. See more information on the Committee’s work on London City Airport
  7. The Chair of the Environment Committee, Murad Qureshi AM, is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  8. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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