Campaigners to stage Noise Olympics!

Press Release

 

15 August 2016

 

For immediate use

 

Campaigners to stage Noise Olympics!

 

Campaign groups including HACAN and Stop Heathrow Expansion will be staging the Noise Olympics on 18th August at 11am in Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith.  A 100 metres race with 8 runners representing the 7 European airports which overfly the most people plus Gatwick will take place.  The top three will mount a podium to be presented with gold, silver and bronze ear-defenders.  The race has been timed to coincide with the athletics programme at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

 

HACAN Chair John Stewart said, “Heathrow is the overwhelming favourite to win.  Its planes fly over at least 725,000 people.  That is more than three times second place Frankfurt.  And 60 times more than Gatwick who has just been asked to join the race because it is a candidate for expansion.”

Stewart added, “Heathrow is in a noise league of its own.  We expect this to be an important factor when Theresa May decides what airport to expand.  With a second runway, Gatwick is expected to impact a total of around 37,000 people.”

 

Jackie Clark, the chair of Stop Heathrow Expansion, which represents the Heathrow villages, said, “We will be sending spectators to the event.  The human impact of building a new runway at Heathrow is just too high for it to be acceptable.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for Editors:

 

(1). The Noise Olympics. 

 

Date: 18th August

 

Time:  11am

 

Venue: Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith

 

Event:  A 100 metres race, 8 runners (representing the 7 European airports which overfly most people plus Gatwick), each wearing t-shirts.  The top three – Heathrow, Frankfurt and Charles de Gaulle – will mount a podium to be presented with gold, silver and bronze ear-defenders. 

 

 (2). The UK and European league tables (as produced by the European Commission)

 

Numbers of People Affected by Aircraft Noise

UK table

For further information:

 

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650

 

Stop Heathrow Expansion