You’ve probably noticed a huge increase in the number of aircraft flying low over our homes lately and the bothersome noise that comes with it. This is due to the flight path for City Airport having been moved northward and directly over the Wanstead area. This, coupled with the increased traffic from Heathrow, is causing a headache for residents all over East London… and it gets worse. Newham Council have agreed to allow an increase in flight numbers by 50% from 80,000 to 120,000 per year, all without consulting with its neighbouring boroughs.
Fight the Flights, a campaign group of residents across the boroughs, has been furiously campaigning against the City Airport expansion and so far has succeeded in convincing the Civil Aviation Authority to carry out a review of the flight path. What's more, in September 2009 they launched a legal challenge against Newham Council regarding the legality of their decision to increase flights and are now awaiting feedback from the High Court.
It's not too late to take action, you can do so by sending your objection to Newham Council Planning Department, City Airport or our local MP. Visit the Fight the Flights website for more details on how to object and general information regarding the campaign.