“Thamesmead will suffer after City Airport expansion”

PUBLISHED: 12:33 27 January 2011

Anne-Marie Griffin

Anne-Marie Griffin


Thousands of residents will suffer an extra 40,000 planes flying overhead every year after the High Court upheld a decision for the expansion of City Airport.

Campaigners in Thamesmead, which is directly under the flightpath to the airport in London Docklands, say it will mean a huge increase in noise and pollution now the plans have been given the go-ahead.

Pressure group Fight the Flights lost its judicial review against Newham council’s decision to approve the expansion plans. Now the group’s director, Anne Marie Griffin, of Melbury Road, Thamesmead, said it is considering appealing again.

She said: “This will increase flights to 120,000 per year from the current 80,000. It means noise will double. There are now 35 homes in West Thamesmead which are in the airport’s crash zone, meaning that if nothing was there already, it would not be allowed to be built for public safety reasons.

“A lot of people in this area do not have the option of moving as it is not an affluent area and a lot are in social housing or have just got on to the property ladder. They are stuck. It is going to be terrible.

“We are looking at having a flight overhead every 90 seconds. The numbers of jumbo jets from the airport is increasing so the noise is already getting worse.”

The campaigner, who set up the protest group with her husband Barry Griffin, said properties could also be damaged by the vibrations from the vortex left after the plane crosses the Thames, which is similar to a tornado.

Another resident Charles Saxby, of Hazlitt Court, Thamesmead, said that he is often woken from the sounds of planes to and from the airport.

He said: “Newham council without consultation have given the OK to an increase in flights to and from City Airport. I can see myself running around in the middle of the night with my handheld extinguisher pulling people out of a plane that has crashed on its way to City Airport. I hear planes from City airport well before they are overhead.”

The decision by the High Court last Thursday comes a week after London Mayor Boris Johnson renewed his call for a £40billion airport to be built in the Thames Estuary, an idea he first aired in 2008.

A report published last Tuesday and overseen by Transport for London deputy chairman Daniel Moylan said the UK economy would suffer and London would lose jobs to its European competitors unless a new airport was built in the South East.

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce said the High Court’s decision was not good news for Thamesmead’s residents, adding: “Their lives are already blighted by living under the flight path of City Airport. My concern is that any increase in flights would lead to increased noise and pollution. Also it does not seem right to me that a decision has been made by one authority who may benefit from that decision without due consultation with the residents of representatives of Thamesmead, who are the people who have to live with the noise, pollution and risk of having low flying aircraft above their heads day after day.”

A spokesperson for the airport refused to comment on how the expansion would affect Thamesmead residents but did provide the following statement: “We are delighted with the decision to uphold the planning approval granted by the London Borough of Newham in July 2009 to increase the annual number of flight movements at London City Airport to 120,000.

“This is great news for London City Airport and Newham and will allow us, and our partner airlines, to continue our key role in supporting the local, regional and national economies and providing new local employment and training opportunities. The decision also enables us to continue supporting the much needed regeneration and investment which London City Airport has helped bring to east London over the past 23 years.”

1 comment

  • London City Airport is a disgrace. This expansion will not benefit London or locals as this business wants to you believe. 1 small thing in the report. There are no Jumbo Jets used at London City Airport. They'd probably love to have it and at some stage will do something with there runway. But at this time they use mid size jets. The newer ones are louder than the older ones and as I said at the start it's only going to get worse....

    Report this comment

    Real World

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

Latest Bexley news

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Two men have been summonsed to appear in court in connection with a fire at a leisure centre.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Award-winning architects, Ash Sakula, have been appointed to deliver the new design for the Old Walnut Tree Depot site in Erith.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bexley has been named as the top recycling borough in London, with 52.7pc of waste sent to recycling or composting.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bexley has helped to develop a new, innovative partnership, which focuses on keeping vulnerable families together and preventing young people from being taken into care.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge at Dartford will be closed from midnight tonight, Wednesday January 17, for safety reasons, due to high winds.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Now is your chance to nominate an inspirational teacher for a Kent Teacher of the Year Award.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Police are growing concerned for a missing girl from Bexleyheath.

Most read news


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder