HACAN East starts crowdfunding appeal for campaign to fight altered London City Airport flight paths
Local resident-led group HACAN East has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fight the new, concentrated flight paths for planes to and from London City Airport. HACAN East is seeking to raise £25,000, in order to campaign to reverse these changes – which they describe as Noise Ghettos – within 12 months, when the CAA will review airspace changes. In February, new concentrated flight paths began operating over many parts of east & south-east London, leaving parts of many boroughs with levels of aircraft noise not previously experienced. HACAN East know that taking on the might of the aviation industry is not easy. It is only by the local community coming together that residents can win, to get the flight paths changed – and the noise reduced. People in the noise affected areas feel these “noise ghettos” are completely unacceptable. City Airport did not consult residents about the flight path changes. The levels of aircraft noise and pollution have increased to unacceptable levels – reducing people’s quality of life. At busy time of the day, planes can be coming over one every minute or so. They also suffer from Heathrow flights. Crowdfunding details here,if you are able to help.
ANTI-NOISE GHETTOS RESIDENTS GROUP SEEKS FUNDING FOR “CAMPAIGN OF A LIFETIME”
March 9th 2016 (Hacan East)
Short video at https://vimeo.com/158250476 explaining why the fundraising in necessary
Local resident-led group HACAN East today launches a crowdfunding campaign to fight the new, concentrated flight paths for planes to and from London City Airport.
HACAN East is seeking to raise £25,000 through crowdfunding, in order to campaign to reverse these changes within 12 months, when the Civil Aviation Authority reviews airspace changes.  This will help re-establish the local quality of life in the affected communities.
In February, new concentrated flight paths began operating over many parts of east & south-east London, leaving parts of the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth with levels of aircraft noise not previously experienced. 
John Stewart, Chair of HACAN East, said: “We are today launching this crowdfunding campaign to get these changes reversed. Taking on the might of the aviation industry is not easy and only by the local community coming together can we win this fight.”
Stewart added: “Local residents have chosen the title Noise Ghetto for the campaign because this is how they feel living under these flight paths. We think these noise ghettos are completely unacceptable. City Airport did not consult residents about these changes and have aircraft noise and pollution has gradually increased to unacceptable levels.”
Julie Evans, HACAN East supporter, said: “I am supporting this campaign, because me and my family live in a residential area – we’ve already been blighted by extra flights, particularly those late at night. Our quality of life is impacted both mentally and physically because we can’t enjoy being in our gardens due to noise of the planes. The prospect of even more noise is something I just can’t bear; it needs to decrease.”
London City Airport’s new concentrated flight paths have caused uproar across many communities in east London.
· HACAN East has been representing residents for a number of years now, giving a voice to people under the flight paths
· City Airport has gradually increased the number of flights and noise over particular communities in recent years.
· At busy time of the day, planes can be coming over one every minute or so. This is constant noise for many communities.
 The Crowdfunding page can be accessed at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hacaneast
 A full breakdown of which communities are impacted by these flight paths changes http://static1.squarespace.com/static/56507de4e4b018da2a5ce870/t/56b1e6a620c64715707cd43c/1454499505450/HACAN+East+February+Newsletter.pdf
HACAN East’s Campaign of a Lifetime.
These new concentrated flight paths were introduced on 4th February, 2016. Immediately after the changes commenced, HACAN East received HUNDREDS of complaints. We decided now is the time to act.
We are going to be mounting the ‘Campaign of a Lifetime’, which will aim to reverse these changes within 12 months, when the Civil Aviation Authority must review airspace changes. This will help re-establish the quality of life for people in the affected communities.
By concerted effort to mount ever-increasing pressure on the Civil Aviation Authority and on London City Airport itself, we know that we can make change happen. Bringing the fight to the authorities will elicit change.
It is only through the community working together that can we can effectively take on these authorities, reverse these concentrated flight paths and stop City Airport Expansion.
Though in order to help make this happen, we do need your help.
HACAN East says: “We need to raise £25,000 in order to make this campaign happen”
Campaigns cost money, and to make our work as effective as possible we need to attain MAXIMUM exposure. This can be achieved through activities such as leafletting, cost-effective advertising and spending on resident and volunteer organisation. Below are some examples of how we would be planning to spend donations:
- £5 will print 100 HACAN East campaign posters for supporters to display in their windows
- £25 enables us to undertake an online social media campaign, targeted at people living in affected communities
- £100 pays for a large round of leaflets
- £250 allows us to effectively leaflet for, advertise and pay for the costs of a public meeting to inform residents about the campaign
- £5,000 would fund a large public rally, which we would like to hold in the summer
Changes brought in by NATS on February 4th mean new noise ghettos in east London due to London City flights
On 4th February, NATS implemented the first phase of its LAMP (London Airspace Management Programme). It says this was approved by the CAA in November 2015. It means that routes into and out of London City airport will be altered, and routes will be concentrated – using PR-NAV (precision navigation). The changes involve use of a “point merge” system for arrivals, with the joining points to the ILS out at sea. They will mean all the planes from Westerly departures will be routed over for Bow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead, Redbridge, Barkingside, Collier Row and Harold Hill. For Easterly departures, all the planes will be routed over Barking Riverside, Dagenham, Elm park and Hornchurch. And for Easterly arrivals, all the planes will be routed over Bexley, Sidcup, New Eltham, Mottingham, Catford, Dulwich Village, Herne Hill, Brixton, Stockwell and Vauxhall. The changes are described by NATS in glowing terms – about “more efficient flights, saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions, reducing noise, keeping aircraft higher for longer and minimising areas regularly overflown.” And, of course, enabling more flights to be crammed into crowded airspace – to enable the aviation industry to increase the number of flights. HACAN East is talking to its lawyers about a JR against the CAA for failure to consult.