Newham Council mobbed

Heathrow campaigners and environmentalists from around London joined forces with the local group Fight the Flights on Wednesday to protest against a 50% increase in flights at City Airport in a flashmob outside Newham Town Hall.

It coincided with a Newham Council hearing which as expected approved the expansion – but campaigners vowed it’s just the beginning of their fight. For the latest information see the Fight the Flights blog.

For a report from the flashmob, see Amelia’s blog.

Photos: Amelia Gregory


London City flashmob – 8 October

London City Flashmob @ Newham Town Hall
Wednesday 8th October 5:45pm sharp.

On Wednesday 8 October Newham Council in London is deciding whether to give the go-ahead to a 50% increase in the number of flights using London City Airport.  Flights numbers would jump from 80,000 to 120,000 a year:

– Horrendous noise for local communities
– More air pollution
– Bad for climate change
– All the flights are short-haul flights

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, supports expansion.

Join us for a flashmob to say Stop Airport Expansion! – No Expansion of City Airport!

We’ll have some red t-shirts to give out on the day. Or just wear any red t-shirt.

Where we will be: Outside Newham Town Hall, Barking Road, East Ham. East Ham is pretty easy to get to: get the District Line to East Ham Underground, turn left down High St North, and after a few minutes walk you reach Barking Road and the Town Hall. Click here for a map

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Pics from Labour Party Conference flashmob

From the Manchester Evening News:

PROTEST groups descended on the Labour Party conference to oppose the expansion of Manchester Airport and raise support for ex-British Gurkha soldiers.

A flash mob, from the new environmental pressure group Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport (SEMA), staged a colourful protest to coincide with the fringe debate ‘Can politicians save the planet and get re-elected?’

About 100 protesters, with support from London campaigners opposed to the expansion of Heathrow airport, removed coats and jumpers to reveal bright red protest T-shirts outside Manchester town hall.

Bemused passers-by stopped and stared as protesters spelt out the words ‘take the trains’.

Click here for more about Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport

Lunchtime FLASHMOB against Airport Expansion

A flashmob to protest against the expansion of Heathrow, Manchester and all UK airports is being called to coincide with the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

Tuesday 23rd September
12.45pm (sharp!)
@ Albert Square, outside Manchester Town Hall

What’s a flashmob?
A flashmob is a gathering that suddenly emerges out of nothing and then melts away nearly as quickly as it’s formed.  They’re usually quite short, about 10-15 minutes. They are fun, peaceful and legal.

Turn up outside Manchester Town Hall and, at precisely 12.45pm, reveal your red T-shirt.  Keep it covered before hand!

It will all be over by 1.00pm

3 ways to get your free ‘Stop Airport Expansion’ T-Shirt

1.  Email, or
2.  Meet at Friends Meeting House (Mount St) at 12.15pm and collect one, or
3.  Make your own!  Or just wear a red T-shirt!

The Flash Mob is also the public launch of the newly-formed Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport group (SEMA).

For more info see:

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Decision day flashmob at Heathrow Terminal Five: Oh No You Don’t!

We are expecting Ruth Kelly to announce the Government’s decision about Heathrow expansion in either November or December.

Whenever the announcement is made, there will be a Flash Mob on the first Saturday after the announcement at midday (prompt!) at Heathrow Terminal 5.

A sea of t-shirts will be a visible sign that we intend to up the pressure! More info to be posted shortly.

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Pictures from the DfT

Paper plan flash mob at DfT

From the people who brought you the Terminal 5 Flash Mob …


Tell Ruth Kelly: Stop Airport Expansion

– Meet 11am, Thursday 3 July, Department for Transport (DfT), 76 Marsham
Street, SW1P 4DR (tube: St James’s Park or Westminster)
– 11.03am: Reveal your ‘Stop Airport Expansion’ t-shirt if you have one
– 11.05am: launch your ‘Stop Airport Expansion’ paper planes at the DfT

A third runway and increased flights at Heathrow would destroy local
communities, cause misery for tens of thousands of local residents, and help
make devastating climate change inevitable. Yet Transport Secretary Ruth
Kelly has refused to visit local authorities or meet with local people who
will be affected.

Join us on 3 July to find Ruth Kelly and tell her to Stop Airport Expansion!

We’ll be taking the message direct to her doorstep at the Department for
Transport. After the mass launch at 11.05am you may also want to take paper
planes to Downing Street or Parliament, or anywhere else she may be

Download an A4 paper aeroplane here

* Flash mob: ‘A large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief period of time, then quickly disperse’ (Wikipedia).

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