LADACAN is a community group which represents people who are affected by the noise from Luton Airport and concerned about its growing impacts on climate change and local quality of life.
We have a seat on the Luton Airport Consultative Committee (LLACC) and its Noise and Track Sub-Committee (NTSC), both of which meet quarterly to discuss issues affecting local communities. Because Luton is the only major UK airport owned by a local authority, there are particular issues over governance and conflict of interest, and we highlight those as necessary.
We are all volunteers, relying on donations from members to support our work. Our costs include website hosting, targeted legal advice, producing leaflets and placards, hiring meeting rooms, travel, and access to data and specialist software. None of this is cheap, and were are as frugal as possible.
Nevertheless we punch above our weight, and LADACAN is respected not just locally but at the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and by national campaign and lobbying groups such as the Aviation Environment Forum and Aviation Communities Forum.
We ask everyone joining LADACAN to donate at least £10 to help with our costs – we’re all volunteers. To make an online donation you can use the button below:
Note that you do not need to have a PayPal account: the button will give you an option to donate using a credit card if you prefer. Many thanks.
Our time is given for free but we use donations to cover the costs of:
Member communications: local people affected by Luton Airport donating £10 or more become a Member of LADACAN and receive email updates on issues such as further expansion, changes to flight paths, policy updates and planning decisions. We invite Members to make a regular annual donation.
Lobbying the government and policy-makers: we represent community interests to the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the (ever-changing) aviation Ministers. We also take part in aviation-related national consultations and moves to improve the design of airspace.
Engaging with other groups: we brief local Councillors and MPs on the technical issues relating to aviation, as well as advising other local groups. This may involve giving talks or taking part in online meetings.
Researching issues: aviation is a highly technical jargon-ridden niche with a whole range of specialities from noise monitoring, analysis and reporting to planning law, the Airports Act, and the Localism Act. We work hard to understand these in order to make our representation more effective.
Fighting for community rights: as necessary we make formal complaints, taking these to the highest level where injustice is perceived in governance of the Airport by the Council which owns and benefits financially from it.
Attending meetings and focus groups: as well as the LLACC and NTSC, we are members of the local Airspace Change Focus Groups which are required by any Airport wanting to change flight paths, and we also represent local communities on the Airport owner’s Noise Envelope Design Group.
If you have technical knowledge of the causes and effects of aircraft noise, or professional experience in planning law or aviation related matters, or even just some time to assist with reading consultations or doing research, or communicating to the press and the wider community – do get in touch. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat.