Public meeting about airport expansion plans

A local residents’ association has organised a public meeting to discuss development proposals put forward by London City Airport.

The event will include speeches by representatives of London City, the Chair of campaigning group HACAN East and the Member of Parliament for Leyton & Wanstead.

Cann Hall Area Residents have organised the event after widespread concern amongst the local community about noise generated by concentrated flight paths and plans to increase the number of flights. London City Airport published a Draft Master Plan in June 2019 which stated a future target of 151,000 flights by 2035.

Residents in Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bexley and Havering are affected by aircraft taking off and landing at the airport and a report published by the Civil Aviation Authority in 2018 estimated over 900,000 people are directly impacted.

Campaigners have accused London City of misleading people about the consquences of its development plans.

“To say that the airport is not being completely straightforward with residents would be a massive understatement,” said John Stewart, Chair of HACAN East, which represents local residents.

“It is becoming clear that for most people, if the expansion plans go ahead, the noise climate will get worse.”

The Cann Hall Area Residents Association meeting will take place at Buxton School, Cann Hall Road, E11 at 19.30 on 30 July 2019. The Draft Master Plan 2020-2035 can be found on the London City Airport website and the public consultation period runs until 20 September 2019.

LCY consults on development plans

A public consultation has been launched on the Master Plan for London City Airport.

The proposals cover the years 2020-2035 and indicate a change to the current cap on flights, an increase in the number of early morning and late evening flights and the end of the current 24-hour closure of the airport at the weekend.

The campaign group HACAN East, which represents residents affected by the airport, has expressed dismay at the development plans.

“For all its green talk, this plan would be disastrous for residents. Flight numbers could double from today’s levels. And, to rub in the pain, the aiport is looking to ease the restrictions at the weekends and in the early morning and late evening,” commented John Stewart, Chair of HACAN East.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer for London City Airport, said:

“This draft master plan is a long-term vision for London City Airport, detailing how London’s most central airport can meet continued demand sustainably, create jobs and opportunities for East London, and support the capital as a major global city for tourism and business.”

HACAN East has produced a briefing document for residents wanting to respond to the consultation. The advice can be found on the website for HACAN East: https://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/London-City-Master-Plan-Briefing-July-2019.pdf

The 12-week public consultation period runs until 20 September 2019. Full details can be found on the website for London City Airport: https://www.londoncityairport.com/corporate/consultation

Flight path review delayed

London City Airport has delayed plans to review its flight paths.

Information from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has revealed the process will not commence as expected in June and has been rescheduled until the autumn.

The airport has been asked to reappraise its flight paths as part of a review of routes at airports in London and the South East. London City concentrated arrival and departure routes in 2016 which resulted in a five-fold increase in complaints from local residents.

The anti-noise campaign group HACAN East believe the delay is to avoid a clash with consultation on the master plan for the airport which may include options for expansion. It is expected London City will consider applying for the current cap of 111,000 flights allowed to use the airport each year to be lifted.

Airports in the UK are reviewing flight paths as air traffic controllers transfer from using a ground-based to a satellite system to guide planes in and out of airports. The new system will allow for more precise flight paths which will reduce fuel costs for airlines and improve the resilience of airports.

£242m generated for local councils by residential parking permits since 2016

Local councils in the UK have collectively earned more than £242 million from residential parking permits since 2016, according to new research by Churchill Car Insurance.

In 2018 the income generated by the permits was £77.2 million or the equivalent of £200,000 per day, while in 2017 the permits raised £87.6 million.

Between 2016 and 2018 the number of roads requiring permits increased by 2,500, while the number of parking permit applications decreased from over 2m in 2016 to 1.4m in 2018. In London, an estimated 6,604 roads required a parking permit in 2018.

The cost of parking permits varies across the UK due to a range of factors. In the London Borough of Lambeth, the price depends on vehicle emissions or engine size. In Norwich, the cost depends on the length of a vehicle while in Edinburgh the street location and vehicle emissions affect the price.

In February 2018 Redbridge Council introduced new parking rules on Wanstead High Street and in surrounding roads following a controversial public consultation. The new scheme included the introduction of residential parking permits for certain roads costing £20 for a 12 month permit for one vehicle and £100 for a second 12-month permit.

According to the latest Parking Annual Report 2017/18, Redbridge Council received income of £1.65m from on street parking, which included money received from residential parking permits. The £7.085m surplus generated from the overall Council parking account, which included income generated from parking enforcement, traffic contraventions, on street parking and off street parking was used to “fund Concessionary Transport and other transport and highways-related improvements”.

Community group calls for cleaner greener Wanstead

A new initiative has been launched to encourage residents, businesses, organisations and Redbridge Council to create a “cleaner greener Wanstead”.

The community-led movement focuses on five priorities including cleaner journeys; more plants and trees; less plastic, waste and litter; sustainable homes and premises and living lower impact lives.

“Here in Wanstead our children are growing up breathing filthy air. We’re producing vast amounts of waste which has to be shipped abroad to be processed. We’re gradually losing the leafy green streets that make Wanstead special,” the group claim.

The Cleaner Greener Wanstead website suggests ways to be more environmentally friendly including never leaving car engines idling, filling outdoor spaces with flowers, planting more trees, carrying reusable water bottles and buying renewable energy.

Neighbouring borough Waltham Forest recently declared a “climate emergency” and resolved to launch a Climate Change Commission to “help shape our local response to this global challenge and to produce a set of policy ‘asks’ for our regional and national politicians”. The resolution followed protests by activists including international movement Extinction Rebellion.

Further information about Cleaner Greener Wanstead can be found here: https://www.cleanergreenerwanstead.org/

Council wins grant to combat knife crime

Redbridge Council has been awarded £500k to tackle knife crime and gang culture across the Borough.

The grant has been secured from the Government’s new Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Fund.

The money will be used to support a joint initiative with BoxUpCrime, a social youth organisation founded by Stephen Addison MBE. The project will help to deter young people from getting involved in crime and gangs by offering a mix of boxing training, education and mentoring.

Operating in Barking and Dagenham, BoxUpCrime has worked with more than 2,000 young people and helped reduce serious youth violence by 25 per cent across the London Borough.

“Every borough in the capital has seen the devastating effect that gangs and knife crime can have on all sections of the community,” said Councillor Elaine Norman, Redbridge Council Cabinet Member for Childen and Young People.

“Tackling crime is one of our priorities and we firmly believe that early prevention is one of the most useful tools we have.

“With the funds secured for this project we will be able to give many young people in our borough the support they need to avoid getting sucked into a life of crime and ultimately fulfil their potential”.

Stephen Addison, Founder of BoxUpCrime, said:

“As an organisation we are really excited to be working with Redbridge Council in order to rebuild misguided dreams of young people who have gone on the wrong path. We want to make boxing accessible for young people from different walks of life all over the borough. As an organisation we strongly believe in harnessing the talents of young people and giving them the opportunity to make their aspirations come true”.

Pioneering commitment to heart health by Council

Redbridge Council, working with the London Hearts charity campaign, is planning to install 30 public access defibrillators across the Borough.

The new equipment will be easily accessible in public places so that immediate help can be given to anyone suffering severe heart problems.

According to the UK Resuscitation Council, defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of someone collapsing with a cardiac arrest can produce survival rates as high as 50-70%.

The project is one of the largest of its kind to be undertaken by a local authority and will be funded by the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy which pays for health care facilities, school improvements, leisure centres and transport.

“We are committed to improving lives so I am absolutely delighted that we are rolling out these vital defibrillators so that the local communities we serve will be able to benefit from their use,” commented Councillor Kam Rai, Deputy Leader at Redbridge Council.

“In an emergency a defibrillator can be the difference between life and death, which is why we are ensuring that this essential equipment is installed in high-traffic areas where anyone can reach them and provide the crucial response in a life-threatening situation.”

Kimberley Lloyd, Operations Manager for London Hearts said:

“As a result of their partnership with London Hearts, Redbridge Council have demonstrated their pioneering commitment to heart health within their community”.

The Leisure Centre is the first location in Wanstead to have a defibrillator fitted. An interactive map on the Redbridge Council website will be regularly updated as additional defibrillators are installed in the area.