London City Airport
On roughly 40% of days the airport flies a low altitude (under 2000ft) concentrated path over Dulwich, controversially introduced in 2016. The airport wants to almost double flights over SE London, fly more planes early morning and late evening, and remove the 24hr ban on flights from midday Saturday to midday Sunday. The airport claims that its aircraft will be quieter in the future, but there is recent clear evidence from measuring the so called 'new generation' aircraft noise over Lambeth that on their low flight path over SE London homes the difference will not be perceptible.
London City Airport Masterplan consultation: www.londoncityairport.com/..
This sets out their perspective and consultation is open until 18 Oct. A simple letter supporting or opposing the Masterplan is all that is required.
The London Assembly environment committee has published authoritative and very accessible reports on the issues: www.london.gov.uk/..
The Heathrow third runway arguments will be better known to Dulwich Society members, and it is London Heathrow planes that disturb many from 4.30 am and end at 11.30pm, sometimes later, and these are much larger aircraft. Heathrow expansion is represented by some as effectively building a new airport the size of Gatwick alongside the current Heathrow airport. Concerns are that this will massively increase plane numbers over all parts of London with consequent additional noise and emissions.
Heathrow's own website contains plenty of information on the Airport's perspective.
For those interested to understand different perspectives the Teddington Action Group (TAG) has developed well researched information focused on Heathrow noise, aircraft emissions over populated areas and environmental issues. http://www.teddingtonactiongroup.com/
Climate Change, emissions and air travel
Many Dulwich residents will be noticing the recent tone of debate changing concerning air travel with debate opening about stopping airport expansion, reducing demand through taxation on fuel, flight shame, holidaying without air travel and so on. The voices of those concerned about carbon, particulate emissions are adding very much to the concerns of the overflown about increasingly intrusive noise as the aviation industry continues to pursue expansion. For many, the climate emergency is reason alone to oppose expansion of airports. For Londoners, the two in plain sight are Heathrow and London City. Claims by both to be heading towards carbon neutral businesses only go as far as the airport's ground operations and do not account for aircraft emissions. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has recently advised the Government that aviation will become the biggest source of carbon in the UK by 2050 and that expansion at Heathrow leaves very little room for growth at any other airport.
The No 3rd runway Coalition also holds excellent information. LB Southwark is a member, but not Lambeth or Lewisham. https://www.no3rdrunwaycoalition.co.uk/
AirportWatch, concerned about unsustainable aviation http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/
The response from the Forest Hill Society is here.
The response from campaign group HACAN East sets out reasons why expansion should be resisted. documentcloud.adobe.com/..
Most Councils that are affected by aircraft noise have written opposing the airport's plans. Waltham Forest’s reasoning drive.google.com/..
Following a public consultation, the new health centre on the site of the Dulwich Community Hospital will be named the Tessa Jowell Health Centre.
Good progress has been made on moving forward with plans to designate the area either side of Sydenham Hill as
a Neighbourhood Forum. Since the area is covered by two Councils, the consultation is being managed by Lewisham. To comment (by 31/10/19) go to: consultation.lewisham.gov.uk/..
The introduction of charges in Dulwich Park is likely to be during October but there is no further information on the position at Belair Park where the Dulwich Estate has objected to the proposed charging on the basis that the original lease required the Council to give free access to the park all times.
The latest information is that the new Foundation School coach routing will start after half-term in November. The alterations to the Dulwich Common/College Road junction are complete and work is currently ongoing on sorting out the traffic light phasing.
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