the deadline for legal submissions to the European Court of Human
Rights on the night flights appeal just days away Wandsworth has launched
a fresh appeal for funds from boroughs affected by aircraft noise.
Government backed by British Airways is bidding to overturn last October's
landmark ruling that night flights violated human rights. The appeal
is expected to be heard in the autumn before 17 judges in the Grand
had been brought to Strasbourg by eight west London residents. Their
legal team has been told to present its case by June 17.
co-ordinated fund-raising from local authorities to help meet the
legal costs of the original case. Now council leader Edward Lister
is calling on boroughs in London and the South East to make one last
letter sent this week to council leaders he writes:
legal costs of defending last October's hard-won ruling mean that
we need to make one last call for funds.
are in a very strong position having won such a clear-cut judgment
last year. However the airlines, who have joined forces with the Government,
will not give up without a fight and we need to ensure our legal team
is properly resourced.
really is the last time we will need to come to you for support. Once
the appeal is concluded there is nowhere else for either side to go.
Because the stakes are so high - and the gains for all our residents
so immense - we must make sure our case is rigorously prepared."
Lister has written personally to the Mayor of London and also council
leaders from Ealing, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon,
Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton,
Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Westminster, Windsor & Maidenhead,
Spelthorne, Runnymede, Tandridge, Reigate & Banstead, Crawley,
Mid Sussex, Mole Valley, Horsham, Elmbridge, Uttlesford and Surrey.
are anxious to defend last year's ECHR judgment which found that the
Government had not properly investigated the effects of night flights
on sleep prevention, nor whether they were essential in the economic
interests of the country.
UK Government is successful night flights would continue and almost
certainly increase. It could remove any protection for local residents
from night flights even before Heathrow's new fifth terminal is built.
noise group HACAN are mounting a parallel fund-raising campaign amongst
members of the public. Contributions can be sent direct to HACAN,
PO Box 339, Twickenham, TW1 2XF.
face fresh night flights challenge April 2002