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The Airport's work with local communities

 

 

 

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Being a Good Neighbour
Community Relations Staff
Community Programmes

Community Projects Contribution
Supporting Education
Awards
Connie Hunt
Latest work in the Community

The Airport's latest work in the Community

 

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Being a Good Neighbour

The Airport seeks to be a good neighbour. They understand that its near neighbours are interested in the impact which the Airport has on their lives and they make communication and consultation a key priority. To this end the Airport has developed and implemented a comprehensive Community Relations Programme which focuses primarily on local education and employment initiatives. They believe that investing in the future of local young people, employing local people and maintaining an open dialogue with the community is vital in shaping the future of London City Airport and the community in which it operates.

Relationships with the neighbours are generally good not least because the Airport strives to:

  • Be open and tell the truth
  • Secure good two-way communications
  • Provide early information and consultation
  • Take account of the impact on the neighbours
  • Deal with problems promptly and effectively
  • Support community ventures
  • Support local education
  • Support local art and culture
  • Participate in local affairs and share skills
  • Share the benefits

On this page we seek to describe the Airport's latest initiatives in pursuit of these local goals.

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Community Relations Staff

The Airport is thus pro-active in building relations with its local community. At present there are two CSR Executives Anthony Angol and Emma Worby. For contact details see our Contacts page

Community Relations Ambassadors

Supporting the community relations staff are four Community Relations Ambassadors who work elsewhere in the Airport but provide support to the Communty Relations team on one day a month each. They work part time with the Community Relations team to further strengthen links with local residential and business communities. The key responsibilities of the Community Relations Ambassador include:

* Developing and maintaining relationships within local communities by attending meetings, contributing to local projects, programmes and initiatives.
* Providing local schools, colleges and interest groups with guided tours of the airport.
* Raising the profile and co-ordinating London City Airport community relations activity.
* Assisting with planning and organising of fundraising events.
* Working with local education providers to build skills and confidence in local students.

The Ambassadors receive additional skills training to help equip them for their community tasks, such as Powerpoint presentation skills, and are provided with the opportunity to gain a wider understanding of the business as a whole, thus assisting in their personal development. The Ambassadors perform their duties during working hours, one day each month in place of their normal roles.

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Community Programmes

VISIT the Airport's website for information about the Airport's Community Programmes. Liam McKay, the Airport's Head of CSR and Public Affairs, will be pleased to answer any questions - for contact details see our Contacts page.

Also on the Airport's website there are e-copies of:

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Community Projects Contribution

In the July 2009 agreement with the local planning authrity the Airport agreed to provide £1,000,000 in three instalments (two of £200,000 and one of £600,000) to be spent by Newham Council on landscape improvements and community initiatives benefiting Newham residents within the Actual 57 dB Contour as shown in the Airport's Annual Performance Report and the worst affected areas referred to in the Environmental Statement submitted with the interim planning application

The Airport is already committed to spend:

  • £2m towards the cost of environmental improvements in the proposed Silvertown Quays Phase 2 development on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock to the west of the Airport - provided this is built in accordance with the plannig permission in force in July 2009
  • £160,000 towards the cost of local landscaping improvements in the vicinity of the Airport

The Annual Performance Report for 2009 and its Appendices was posted to this website on 30th July 2010. Chapter 10 on page 32 deals with the Financial Contributions which the Airport has made.

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Supporting Education

A KEY ingredient of the Airport's Community Programme is support for local schools, colleges, universities and the Newham Education Business Partnership (NEBP) through its involvement in a variety of programmes and initiatives. There is also collaboration with Newham Council in programmes for which the Airport provides funds. There is an outline of these initiatives on our Employment Page and on the Airport's website.

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Awards

The Airport's Community Relations Team are award winning. Most recently London City Airport scooped an award at the Docklands Business Club and East London Chamber of Commerce Awards gala dinner in October 2010.
 
Community and Skills Development Manager, Elizabeth Hegarty, collected the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for the Airport'sTake off Into Work programme, tackling local long-term unemployment, as a part of the Airport's overall CSR strategy. By the date of the Award dinner the project, launched in March 2009, had helped 115 long-term unemployed local residents to gain employment and join the world of work.Connie Hunt

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Connie Hunt

Although we did not always agree with her it was with great sadness that we heard of the death in May 2014 of local community activist Connie Hunt, aged 88. She dedicated her life to fighting for the North Woolwich and Silvertown working class community, battling for the rights of residents. In our picture to the right Connie (left) is speaking during the People's Armada to Parliament in 1984.

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The Airport's latest work in the Community

At each of its meetings the Consultative Committee receives a report from the Community Relations Manager on the Airport's latest work in the community. The latest Community Relations Report for the period July - September 2014, was received by the Committee at its meeting on 7th October 2014. Also attached is the Communnity Review for 2012

 

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John Adshead     Secretary: Stuart Innes
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