SAEN: STOP AIRPORT EXPANSION and NOISE

UPDATED at 22nd January 2014

SAEN is a local group of residents that works to stop further expansion of Southend Airport and minimise the adverse impacts expanded operations are causing:

  • We examine and respond to the many new planning applications made;
  • We fight to secure proper financial compensation for loss of value of property; and
  • We undertake a range of work to expose the failure of the local councils to adequately protect residents from the noise and other disruption caused by this callous development.


Public Inquiry into closure of Footpath 36

The planning inspectorate has confirmed that we will shortly be permitted a public inquiry into the planned closure of footpath 36. No date has yet been set. If you have an interest in attending and/or wish to address the inquiry please contact us at info@saen.org

In October the national press and TV gave very significant coverage to a study of 3.6 million residents near Heathrow Airport, which suggested that the risks of death from stroke, coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease were 10-20% higher in areas with the highest levels of aircraft noise. This article provides more information: -

http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f5432

More work is being undertaken in this field which must eventually prove that aircraft movements at Southend Airport pose an unacceptable danger to the local population. Please note this item: -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-23955999

Please also note this new research on sleep deprivation: -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24444634

SAEN is working to prove the case that the airport poses an unacceptable danger to the local population and must either close or revert to the pre-2012 scale of activity.

 

Airport Consultative Committee

The local airport consultative committee (ACC) has again refused SAEN permission to join the group. Central government has long argued that airports need to improve their communications with those local communities that are adversely impacted by noise and other operations. Despite this the ACC has decided that it does not want a residents group that represents the majority of people who opposed expansion at the airport (61%) to attend its meetings.  In the light of how poorly the local political parties (which make up the bulk of the ACC membership) are representing local residents it is vital that SAEN be permitted to raise issues, challenge poor performance and ensure the local population receive the information it needs.

In September the ACC made it clear it had no intention of permitting SAEN to join so we have asked the Secretary of State to dissolve this exceptionally poor performing ACC.

 

JAAP (Joint Area Action Plan) public consultation

The public consultation has now closed with a large number of objections registered which have shown the JAAP to be irrational, to contradict other government policies and to be a comprehensive policy failure.

We have pressed for a full public inquiry (public examination); something the two councils have refused residents for years but have been informed that an examination is likely to be announced later this year.

 

Stobart interim annual report published

Residents will be very concerned to read 3 references (pages 5, 16 & 36) in the company’s interim report to the airport’s capacity for 5 million passengers. We have taken this up with local councillors.

http://www.stobartgroup.co.uk/news/general/stobart-group-results-for-the-year-ended-28-february-2013/

Residents may be even more alarmed that just 10 houses were deemed to be eligible for secondary glazing grants to help people cope with extreme noise. SAEN finds the airport’s analysis of noise levels to be astonishing and is undertaking its own research.

 

COMPLAINTS

We have strong evidence that complaints to London Southend Airport about noise are not being registered as such and councillors are not aware of the scale of the misery being caused by expanded operations. There is evidence that initial complaints are being recorded as “comments” if people do not answer certain points from the airport.

London Southend Airport has recently changed to an online complaints procedure which now prevents people from copying their complaints to us.  We feel that this is unfair as you will have no way of knowing how many of your complaints have been logged.  With this in mind we have lunched our own on line “Complaints Form” and we would urge you to use this to complain, as it will also help us to keep a record of how many complaints there actually are!

 

COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OF VALUE TO YOUR PROPERTY

We have held three packed meetings on compensation and have assisted with the formation of an ever-growing group of people who have asked to be represented by a professional surveyor or solicitor to gain compensation for the loss of value to their homes

The 1973 Land Compensation Act requires that London Southend Airport (LSA) pay compensation to local residents for loss of value to property as a result of the increase in operations at the airport. If you live close to the runway your property will almost certainly have declined in value. It is therefore essential that you seek professional advice about claiming the money you are owed by LSA. It may be that other residents living over 1 mile from the airport may also find that their homes have declined in value, so professional advice should be sought by those who are impacted by noise and other nuisance by the airport. Please note that the Act does not allow for compensation for nuisance, it only provides for payment of compensation for loss of value of property that noise and nuisance cause.

Early indications suggest that around 2000 homes have lost between 10% and 15% of value. On an average property that is equivalent to between £25,100 and £37,700 but there are some properties which have lost a lot more. There may also be around 2500 properties that have lost between 5% and 10% of value.

If you would like to know more about claiming financial compensation please contact us at:  info@saen.org.uk

A number of surveyors and solicitors specialising in compensation have approached
local residents, offering to act on a no win-no fee basis. In order to assist people to make an informed decision SAEN organised three public meetings at which a surveyors gave talks on the legislation and the process for obtaining compensation. A transcript of those meetings are now available HERE” but please note that it was difficult to make out precisely what was said, particularly by those in the hall asking questions.

Please do not delay with this matter. It is important that you either join with others to form a group seeking compensation or make your own claim for compensation.

JOIN US.

Join SAEN now, the more members we have, the greater the voice we will have in fighting to restore the quality of life we used to enjoy.

Please click here and complete our new form Become a SAEN Member.

WE WILL FIGHT TO STOP ANY FURTHER EXPANSION, TO ABOLISH NIGHT FLIGHTS, TO DELAY EARLY MORNING FLIGHTS UNTIL A MORE REASONABLE HOUR, TO FIGHT AGAINST THE INEVITABLE INCREASE IN   ROAD TRAFFIC, TO FIGHT AGAINST THE INCREASE IN AIR POLLUTION AND WE WILL ADVISE ON COMPENSATION CLAIMS.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! SAY NO TO MORE NOISE & AIR POLLUTION.

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Contact us at: – info@saen.org.uk