European Day of Action against Night Flights
Campaigners against night flights were joined by Seema Malhotra, the MP for Feltham and Heston and London Assembly member Murad Qureshi on Saturday for their pyjama protest against night flights. The protest was staged in Lampton Park in Hounslow. Similar protests took place across Europe as part of the European Day of Action against Night Flights.
The UK Government is expected to consult next month on a new night flight regime for the three designated airports – Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick. The current agreement with the airlines runs out in October 2014.
HACAN Chair John Stewart said: "You don't need an alarm clock livingunder the flightpath. The first plane coming over at 4.30 in the morning is your alarm clock. It wakes you up. Then you're half awake listening to a plane coming over every few minutes until 6 o'clock, when a barrage of planes comes across. We have to put up with flights during the day, there's no reason we should have to put up flights during the night as well."
Seema Malhotra MP said:
We've got to protect residents' right to sleep. We know the airport is an important local neighbour. We know the employment and benefits that come from that. There's also a point where you have to say what the needs of local residents are”.
November 26, 2012