Richmond, RBWM and Wandsworth take Heathrow to High Court over night flights

March 11, 2008 at 7:20 am | Posted in Councils, Heathrow, Heathrow airport, High Court, Local authorities, Maidenhead, Night flights, Noise, RBWM, Richmond, Royal Borough, Wandsworth, Windsor | 1 Comment

Councils take Heathrow to High Court

Three local authorities are taking their bid to stop “illegal” night-time flights at Heathrow Airport to the High Court, it has been announced.

Richmond council in south-west London, backed by Wandsworth and Windsor & Maidenhead councils, claims many current night flights break the Government’s own noise rules.

The authorities will present their Judicial Review case at London’s High Court on May 20, a spokesman for Richmond council said.

He added: “The council contends that the current night-flights regime is illegal as some of the flights are noisier than are allowed by the Government’s own rules.

“If successful, it (the case) could force Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly to slash the number of aircraft allowed to arrive at Heathrow before 6am.”

The councils argue that Kelly is “failing in her duty to protect residents from excessive night-noise”.

The Government, according to the councils’ case, “ignored its own policy directive which requires it to bear down on noise”.

Other authorities backing the challenge are Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Hillingdon and the Greater London Authority.

Serge Lourie, leader of Richmond council, said: “We believe the current noise from night-flights is both excessive and illegal and this challenge is another important step along the road to our ultimate goal – a total ban on night-flights. With the planned expansion of the airport, it is all the more important that this challenge succeeds.”

All the councils backing the Judicial Review are members of the 2M Group, an alliance opposing Heathrow expansion, in particular a third runway and a possible sixth terminal.

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Good for our local borough councillors!


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  1. Now BBC News are covering this story too:

    Night-flights fight goes to court


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