This open letter was written by a constituent who is distressed at the level of noise created by the concentrated approach to London City Airport in operation since 2016. The letter is addressed to Clive Efford, MP for Eltham and was published in the June issue, page 28, of the SEnine Magazine. There has been no response as yet.
We have contacted you on many occasions about the noise and pollution being forced on many of your constituents by the planes from City Airport. When there is an easterly wind or anything deemed to be an easterly wind the planes follow a concentrated flight path which results in the planes flying low over a narrow band of Londoners in New Eltham and Mottingham and other areas of South East London. The flight paths were introduced without any consultation or warning in February 2016.
The planes are low at 2000 feet over Mottingham, noisy and polluting. Clive, you say you want to reduce pollution and yet you do nothing to help us with this awful problem. We are very disappointed in your lack of support and you do not even reply to our requests for help.
The recent warm weather does not bring much pleasure to us as the planes ruin our hopes of enjoying outdoor relaxation. As I type this email, the planes have been flying overhead every few minutes and it has been non-stop this afternoon.
It is unfair that the same group of Londoners are forced to suffer this noise and pollution – as well as Heathrow planes that also circle over this area – there should be a fairer distribution of the impact of these planes.