December 21 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 6, 2013
Thousands of Londoners are unable to sleep at night and many children have their lessons disturbed by plane noise, the London Assembly has told the Airports Commission.
The assembly’s Environment Committee, which says it is against any expansion of Heathrow Airport, also told the Davies Commission that there is a need for a “trusted third party to help reduce antagonism in the relationship between communities and airports”.
Murad Qureshi, chair of the committee, said: “The Davies Commission is clearly concerned about aviation noise and is prepared to listen to the concerns of Londoners, many more of whom are now experiencing unbearable disturbance. Once confined to west London, this is now a pan London issue which cannot be ignored any longer.
“We are completely against any expansion of Heathrow, either through increasing passenger numbers or building more runways. Already thousands of Londoners are unable to sleep at night and many children in the capital have their lessons disrupted by plane noise. Expanding passenger numbers would also go against on-going attempts to tackle air pollution in London.
“The views of Londoners on aircraft noise are crystal clear. We hope the Davies Commission can see the level of concern being expressed by Londoners is now such that it must be a key consideration in any decisions over future airport capacity.”
The committee is calling for the human impacts of airport noise to be fully considered, and suggests an alternative noise measurement be used to more effectively reflect the impact on people and to trigger compensation.
In its response to the commission, which has been set up to examine the need for additional airport capacity in the UK, the committee states noise from Heathrow affects more people than any other UK or European airport and if more people are to fly to and from the south east, the capacity should be at airports with the lowest impacts per extra passenger. It concludes that noise and other environmental factors should swing the discussion on airport capacity away from expanding Heathrow.