SAEN: STOP AIRPORT EXPANSION and NOISE
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.
Kent MP asks his constituents to object to Airport plans
Kent MP Mark Reckless has asked his constituents to object to the airport’s consultation process on controlled airspace: -
The advice SAEN has received is that 1. it should not comment in the consultation and 2. the proposals would make no practical difference to people living in Rochford or the Westcliff/Leigh areas.
Legal challenge to night and weekend flights regime
The SAEN committee recently met with its solicitors and discussed the merits of mounting a legal challenge to the night and weekend flights regime at Southend Airport. Many councils in the UK, like London City Airport and Southampton Airport considered the needs of their local populations when deciding the number of flights that would be permitted over densely populated areas. Not so Southend and Rochford councils. They handed the very weakest controls to the airport owner. So we have decided to pursue a legal challenge to ensure local people are given a degree of protection to which they have every right to expect.
Some years ago a legal challenge was made to the effect that night flights at Heathrow infringed the human rights of the local population. After initially winning the case, the court’s ruling was eventually overturned on the grounds that Heathrow was a designated airport with national significance for the UK economy. That argument will not, of course, apply to Southend Airport, which is not a designated airport and which caters primarily for British tourists.
SAEN is now working with other campaign groups that are battling against irresponsible business and councils that have permitted night flights and anti-social weekend flights at other small regional airports. Together we will find the funds (around £20,000) to fight the callous decisions taken by our local councils. Our aim is to secure a ban on airport movements (warming up aircraft, take off, landing, etc.) after 23.00 and before 07.00. We want to secure much stronger restrictions on movements on the weekends, particularly on Sunday mornings. Many of our councillors are retired and may have forgotten the importance of working families resting before a demanding week at work and for children to get the sleep they need to be able to absorb all that they should in school. We do not seek a ban on essential emergency services flights but non-essential tourism cannot be permitted at the expense of the health of the residents who live so close to the local airport.
Please join us in this battle that will redefine the aviation industry’s brutal attitude towards those who suffer so much for the sake of big business profits. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Living near airports increases risk of death from stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease.
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: -
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: -
Please also note this new research on sleep deprivation: -
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.
Job losses caused by airport expansion
SAEN undertakes work to monitor the number of jobs lost to the UK economy as a result of expanded operations at the airport. We know that a very large proportion of flights take Essex and London customers abroad but, despite the Olympics, very few foreign tourists are using the airport to fly to the UK. It is now becoming clear that the airport is facilitating an increase in the trade deficit, encouraging the export of wealth from the south Essex/London economy.
We have pressed the airport for the precise data relating to this trade deficit, which we believe may be equivalent to the loss of around £181 million in the first full year of operations, or nearly 8,000 jobs. We have challenged every single councillor on Southend and Rochford councils to get each local authority to undertake their own research and publish the findings but the two council s have refused. Perhaps they are just too embarrassed by what will emerge?
Some councillors thought the airport would bring thousands of foreign tourists to the UK spending their hard earned Euros in our tourist destinations, cafes and bars but virtually all traffic is one way (Brits travelling abroad). Regular users of the airport report that virtually all passengers are British.
We warned councillors this would happen but as always were ignored. Our councils base their policies upon mere wishful thinking, without any evidence upon which to base their decisions. This 13 minute video provides a little more information: -
Mismanagement of public finance
Those who are aware of the history of Southend Council’s shoddy handling of public finance in relation to Southend Airport often complain that most members of the public are unaware of the scale of mismanagement and exceptionally poor value that local council taxpayers receive as a result of council incompetence. This 9 minute video provides a little more information: -
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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 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.
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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.
Contact us at: – firstname.lastname@example.org