Wed 27th April 2016
Protest outside the European Commission in London on the International Noise Awareness Day.
Anti-3rd runway campaigners representing 8 different organisations (HACAN, Stop Heathrow Expansion, Chiswick Against the Third Runway, West London Friends of the Earth, Hammersmith Friends of the Earth, Hammersmith Says No, Ealing Aircraft Noise Action Group and AirportWatch) accompanied a lorry blaring out loud aircraft noise this morning outside Europe House in Smith Square to highlight the fact that already 28% of the people who are affected by aircraft noise right across Europe live under the Heathrow flight paths.
Anti-third Runway campaigners to play aircraft noise in Central London to mark International Noise Awareness Day
On International Noise Awareness Day (1), Wednesday 27th April, anti-third runway campaigners will bring aircraft noise to the streets of Central London to illustrate the fact that London is the most overflown city in Europe . At 10.30am campaigners, wearing colourful ear-defenders, will gather in Smith Square , home to the European Commission in London , where they will play aircraft noise. A lorry blaring out aircraft noise, will drive slowly round the square, accompanied by the campaigners, before driving off to Heathrow along the line of the new flight path if a third runway at Heathrow were to be given the green light.
The European Commission’s figures show that over 725,000 people are impacted by noise from Heathrow flights and another 25,000 by flights using London City airport. That is nearly a third of all people affected by aircraft noise right across Europe (2).
John Stewart, the chair of HACAN, the residents’ organisation fighting a third runway, said, “On noise grounds alone a new runway at Heathrow should be ruled out. It beggars belief that the Government is still considering whether or not to allow another 250,000 flights a year to use Heathrow. Heathrow is already in a noise league of its own.”
The Government is expected to give the green light for a third runway at Heathrow or a second runway at Gatwick later this year.
Notes for Editors:
(1) International Noise Awareness Day started in America but is now marked across the world: http://chchearing.org/noise/day/
(2) The figures are in the tables below