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HACAN Meeting in Enfield

On Monday the 15th of September 2008 a meeting was held in the Burford Hall N13 on the issue of Aircraft Noise and Emissions (Heathrow expansion etc). The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of and gain support for; the campaign against the 3rd runway at Heathrow, against airport expansion in general, against aircraft noise and local pollution and of course against air travel’s growth and contribution to the dangerous rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

The meeting was organised by a local activist David Hughes who has since joined the Green Party and Douglas Coker of Enfield Green Party with behind the scenes support from John Stewart of HACAN. For a recent article on John go here.

The meeting was a great success with around 60 attending and a subsequent piece in the local press. Attendees expressed concern about existing aircraft noise and the prospect of there being more should runway alternation stop and the proposed 3rd Heathrow runway get the go-ahead. As a follow up the attendees were contacted with the intention of forming a HACAN support group. See the report below.

The meeting was chaired by David Burrowes MP (Conservative), and the speakers were Joanne McCartney GLA Member Enfield and Haringey (Labour), John Stewart HACAN (HACAN stands for Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise), David Schmitz PPC for Tottenham (Lib Dem) and Douglas Coker Enfield Green Party.

The Government has announced (January 2009) it will go ahead with the 3rd runway at Heathrow - a decision which has been received with howls of protest. There are many very angry people who will continue to resist and protest against this insane decision. For a scathing piece on the decision see this from Polly Toynbee here.

The 3rd runway finally got cancelled following the General Election of May 2010.

Here is the post meeting Report:

HACAN Public Meeting 15th September 2008 - Follow Up

Thanks for coming along to the HACAN public meeting back in September. We hope you enjoyed the evening and got something out of the event. We are keen to make progress on the issue and have some suggestions for you to consider.

Let’s start, however, with developments since September.

1   The Government has announced it will allow Stansted Airport to increase the number of passengers it handles each year by 10 million to 35 million. Flight numbers will rise by 70,000 to 264,000 a year.
2   Newham Council has given permission for City Airport to increase flight numbers from 80,000 per year to 120,000, a 50 per cent increase.
3   Geoff Hoon has replaced Ruth Kelly as Secretary of State for Transport. Within days of his appointment, he indicated his support for Heathrow expansion.
4   Theresa Villiers, Shadow Transport Secretary, announced that a future Conservative Government would scrap plans for a third runway at Heathrow.
5   David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate, who chaired the meeting has written to attendees about the Conservative decision to oppose the third runway and referred to their preferred alternative, high speed rail links.

While opposition to the third runway grows and the Labour Government looks increasingly isolated there is a need to continue campaigning against current Government policy.

There are a number of things we can do.

1   Check the HACAN website here for news and proposed action.
2   Join HACAN as an individual.
3   Residents’ Associations can affiliate to HACAN.
4   Write to local politicians and political parties. See below for contact details.
5   We could set-up an e-mail list of those who want to keep in touch and exchange news and views.
6   We could set up a local support group.

Setting up a local HACAN support group.

This could involve some or all of the following activities. We could:

1   Meet to discuss developments and encourage attendance at demonstrations and HACAN meetings.
2   Set up a formal e-mail list to exchange news and views.
3   Keep in contact less formally.
4   Pursue individual actions.

Please contact Douglas or David (see below) to indicate what you would like to happen next and let us know how involved you want to be. We do need a positive response from a minimum number of people if we are to pursue any form of collective action.

Thank you.

Douglas Coker and David Hughes.
Meeting Organisers.
November 2008.


Contact details

Local MPs
Enfield Southgate

David Burrowes MP, House of Commons, LONDON SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 5414. E-mail david@davidburrowes.com
Constituency Office. 1c Chaseville Parade, Chaseville Park Road, LONDON N21 1PG. Phone 020 8360 0234.

Andy Love MP, House of Commons, LONDON SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 5497. E-mail lovea@parliament.uk
Constituency Office. Broad House, 205 Fore Street, Edmonton, London N18 2TZ. Phone 020 8803 0574.

Enfield North
Joan Ryan MP, House of Commons, LONDON SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 6502. E-mail ryanj@parliament.uk
Constituency Office. 180 High Street, Enfield, Middlesex EN3 4EU. Phone 020 8805 9470.

David Lammy MP, House of Commons, LONDON SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 0767. E-mail mail@davidlammy.co.uk

Hornsey and Wood Green
Lynne Featherstone MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 8401. E-mail lynne@lynnefeatherstone.org
Constituency Office: Freepost LON11153, 100 Uplands Road, London, N8 9BR. Phone 020 8340 5459.

London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey

Joanne McCartney, GLA, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA
Phone 020 7983 4402 E-mail joanne.mccartney@london.gov.uk

Meeting Organisers.
Douglas Coker. Phone 020 8351 7975. E-mail douglasfcoker@blueyonder.co.uk
David Hughes. Phone 020 8447 8674. E-mail davidmyrna.hughes@btinternet.com


Other MPs details are available here and here.

Local Councillors details can be found here.

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ