29 Nov Aircraft noise – meeting with the Aviation Minister
On Monday 28th November the Aviation Minister, Lord Ahmad, met with MPs and representatives from the Bracknell, Wokingham, Windsor and Surrey Heath constituencies to discuss the ongoing issue of aircraft noise.
The following areas were discussed:
- The Minister will talk to NATS about the 2014 changes to the Compton Gate which were made without consultation, with a view to exploring the feasibility of a return to the pre-2014 airspace pattern.
- The Minister will speak to NATs and the airline industry to encourage them, where possible, to keep more planes away from built up areas, flying more slowly and saving fuel, so that they can come in to land directly without being in held in a stack. The Minister will also discuss the use of higher flight paths so planes stay higher for longer, reducing the numbers experiencing noise.
- The Minister to investigate measures to promote good flying. This includes later deployment of landing gear, less acute turns and less aggressive use of thrust and flaps in order to reduce noise and disturbance. The use of these measure would also be more efficient for the Airlines.
- The Minister to explore and consult on the setting up of statutory body with responsibility for aircraft noise.
- There is to be a consultation in 2017 on the decision to support a 3rd runway at Heathrow, which will provide a platform for local residents to submit noise reduction and respite proposals.
Dr Phillip Lee MP will be writing to Lord Ahmed to follow up on the points raised at the meeting and looks forward to receiving a response from the Minister in due course.