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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 travels 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
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
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
The 3rd runway finally got cancelled following the General Election of May
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.
Lets 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
4 Theresa Villiers, Shadow Transport Secretary, announced that
a future Conservative Government would scrap plans for a third runway at
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
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.
Douglas Coker and David Hughes.
David Burrowes MP, House of Commons, LONDON SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 5414. E-mail
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
Constituency Office. Broad House, 205 Fore Street, Edmonton, London N18 2TZ.
Phone 020 8803 0574.
Joan Ryan MP, House of Commons, LONDON SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 6502. E-mail
Constituency Office. 180 High Street, Enfield, Middlesex EN3 4EU. Phone 020
David Lammy MP, House of Commons, LONDON SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 0767. E-mail
Hornsey and Wood Green
Lynne Featherstone MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
HoC. Phone 020 7219 8401. E-mail
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
Douglas Coker. Phone 020 8351 7975. E-mail
David Hughes. Phone 020 8447 8674. E-mail
Other MPs details are available
Local Councillors details can be found