Posted on Mar 07, 2021
At the moment Putney & Roehampton and enjoying relatively few aircraft movements - however night time aircraft noise remains an issue.
The Government has just held a consultation on the night noise regime for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and the Society response, coordinated by Mike Fawcett, can be viewed by clicking here Response to Night Time Aircraft Noise Consultation
The current regime runs to October next year. The Government is then proposing to continue the regime as it exists for another two years, to October 2024, except that they propose a ban on the noisiest existing aircraft; this is virtually a fait accompli, certainly at Heathrow, since both British Airways and Virgin have now retired their Boeing 747s.
The Government is also seeking broad views on the regime which should apply after October 2024, which will then be subject to a further consultation.
Our response challenges the Government`s approach on this issue to date and advocates much more ambitious policies, ideally to ban all night flights, or at least to drive much more rapid progress towards quieter types of aircraft for the future.
Two bits of background:
1) the Government`s existing objective is to "limit or reduce the number of people significantly affected by aircraft noise at night, including through encouraging the use of quieter aircraft, while maintaining the existing benefits of night flights";
2) "ICAO" (to whom the draft refers in para 13) is the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a UN body which seeks to achieve global inter-governmental agreement on all aspects of civil aviation.