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Petition launched to halt increased flights over Collier Row and Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 November 2014

London City Airport will launch the consultation on proposals to  modernise its flight paths by introducing a new navigation system

London City Airport will launch the consultation on proposals to modernise its flight paths by introducing a new navigation system

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A petition has been launched to halt plans for increased air traffic over parts of Havering.

London City Airport wants to have more planes flying over Collier Row and Hornchurch by making flight corridors narrower.

But while the plans are detailed in a document on the airport’s website, critics say there has been a lack of public consultation.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said: “Clearly it is going to have a big impact on our area and they shouldn’t do this without all those being affected having their chance to give their views.

“I will be investigating it further and will take this up with the secretary of state for transport.”

The airport launched a consultation last month but Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN), which represents residents living under flight paths, said bosses had failed to organise meetings over the plans.

The action group has now organised its own meeting to address the issue at Wanstead Library, in Spratt Hall Road, on Monday, starting at 7.30pm.

HACAN’s east division chairman John Stewart said: “The airport is concentrating all its flights over particular areas and, to run salt into the wound, is not telling residents what is in store for them.

“It is being disingenuous when it argues that the routes are not changed significantly. They most certainly are for the people who will get all the planes.”

The airport was given permission in 2009 to increase the number of flights, which is still being implemented.

Under the proposals, there could be up to 45 flights per hour – one flight every 80 seconds – at peak times over Collier Row and Hornchurch.

An airport spokeswoman said it was fulfilling its obligation to consult over the transition. She said existing paths were being replicated to meet regulations coming into force in 2019.

“In real terms, this means that aircraft will follow the same paths that they do today, but more accurately,” she said.

To sign the petition, visit change.org. To view the plans, visit londoncityairport.com/londonairspacemanagement.

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