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City Airport expansion set for take-off tonight

PUBLISHED: 13:40 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010

By Ted Jeory CAMPAIGNERS against the controversial expansion of City Airport are bracing themselves for bad news as councillors are set to decide tonight on whether to agree to a massive increase in flights and aircraft noise over east London. Residents

By Ted Jeory

CAMPAIGNERS against the controversial expansion of City Airport are bracing themselves for bad news as councillors are set to decide tonight on whether to agree to a massive increase in flights and aircraft noise over east London.

Residents in Bow, Bromley-by-Bow, Poplar and the Isle of Dogs, as well as those further east in Docklands and Newham, are likely to suffer a spike in noise pollution if the decision goes as expected tonight.

Newham councillors will discuss an application by the airport to increase flights by 50 per cent from 80,000 to 120,000 a year by 2010.

Although the airport says some 1,000 jobs would be created, many of them likely from Tower Hamlets, protesters insist the environmental costs would be disastrous.

Campaign group Fight the Flights met Mayor Boris Johnson's adviser Sir Simon Milton on Monday, but they did not come away optimistic.

A spokesman said: "We didn't expect to change the Mayor's mind , but inn the Mayor of London's eyes 120,000 flights is where it stops."

Newham's development control committee meets at the Town Hall in East Ham at 6pm tonight.

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