Several residents groups objected to Dublin Airport’s expansion plans on the grounds that more flights would mean greater levels of air and noise pollution, stress on local infrastructure and increased traffic in the area. Portmarnock Community Association (PCA) established the UPROAR (United Portmarnock Residents Opposing Another Runway) community group in 2004 which picketed hearings conducted in 2006 by An Bord Pleanála, an independent statutory established to operate an open and impartial planning system. UPROAR members were dismayed by An Bord Pleanála’s 2007 decision to give the go-ahead to a new terminal and runway. Townlands affected by the planned new runway include Pickardstown, Millhead, Kilreesk and St. Margaret’s. In 2016 about 40 households were eligible for relocation grants as their homes would become uninhabitable due to close proximity to the new runway. Other residents were offered help from a sound insulation scheme which would reduce aircraft noise.