Rules of membership
The following principles apply for eligibility for membership:
- Following the DfT guidance, only bodies that have a formal organisation can join
- Where two or more organizations purport to cover the same subject, only one should join the HACC – ideally this might be an umbrella organization covering smaller groups
- Each member organisation is entitled to one representative and a nominated deputy. An adviser or officer may accompany the representative but should not participate in the discussions
- When an organisation requests to join HACC, the Steering Committee will use the above principles to assess eligibility, and make a recommendation to HACC whether to accept or refuse the request to join. The Chair will make the final decision.
Record of attendance
The record of attendance will be published annually. Should a representative miss three consecutive meetings they will be contacted and reminded of the need to attend. Should attendance not become regular (any two missed in the next four is not regular) the Chairman has the power to ask the body represented for a replacement. If matters are not improved, then the Chairman is empowered to exclude the body concerned. Such exclusion shall be reported to the other members of HACC as soon as practicable.
Composition of the HACC
The HACC terms of reference identify the three broad classes of membership. These are local authorities, airport users and local interest groups. The representative organisations from each group are as follows.
- South Bucks
- Surrey Heath
- Bracknell Forest
Additional representation is available through:
London boroughs can also be represented through any of two seats on HACC: London Councils or the London Assembly representative.
Councils can also be represented through any of the seats on HACC representing single issues:
- LAANC for noise
- Heathrow Airport Transport Forum (HATF) for surface transport
- Chambers of Commerce for their economic interests.
There are 6 seats for airport users. They comprise:
- Airlines (2): A representative for the Airline Operators Committee (AOC) and IATA/BATA.
- Passengers and consumers (2): Which? plus an independent from the PSSC.
- Airport businesses (1): no business identified but the seat is held for a rep from this group as and when one is identified or comes forward.
- Travel and tourism (1): ABTA.
Local Interest Groups
There are 7 seats for local interest groups. They comprise:
- Noise/environment (2): HACAN and LAANC
- Local business groups (2): Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and London Chambers of Commerce
- Trade unions (1): TUC
- Residents’ Associations (1): Local Focus Forum
- Transport (1): Heathrow Airport Transport Forum.
The Department for Transport are invited to attend as well.
Noise generated by airport activity is a major matter for concern. HACC discharges its responsibility for monitoring the airport’s noise plan and mitigating activity by its close links to the Airport Noise Forum.