Essex CM24 1QW 25.10.2003
Takeley Parish Council wish to make the following comments in response to the draft proposals.
Takeley Parish Council’s major concern is the apparent arbitrary 57dBA Leq noise contour line within which properties are entitled to compensation because of excessive noise pollution resulting from aircraft and associated airport noise. This 57dBA Leq contour line is based on 15mppa and Stansted Airport is already operating beyond that figure at 18mppa. The contour line does not take account of the effects of noise in a rural environment such as north west Essex, or World Health Authority guide lines recommending that noise intrusion levels should be lower than the 57dba figure.
Takeley Parish Council challenge the position of the line and recommend it be repositioned to reflect the actual noise disturbance levels suffered in the local community. Local public feeling is a sound indicator that noise levels within Takeley Parish are detrimental to an acceptable quality of life. The noise contour line, if it must be used to adequately represent the likely effects of noise disturbance, should be placed at 50 dBA Leq. This would then be within World Health Authority recommended limits to protect the majority of people from the harmful effects of noise pollution during the daytime, and include all Takeley Parish properties including tenanted properties and those owned by BAA.
Takeley Parish Council consider it grossly unfair that the majority of properties within the Parish, who already suffer significant disturbance from aircraft take off noise, ground noise, use of reverse thrust, kerosene drift, light pollution, and the related loss of property value, will still not be eligible for compensation.
More aircraft movements from quieter aircraft accumulate as much, if not more, collective noise than fewer movements from the older noisier series aircraft. Single occurrences of unacceptable noise disturbance are not taken into account when assessing the overall level of noise disturbance and it is these incidents that cause undue distress and annoyance.
It is also accepted by the authorities that a majority of aircraft operating through Stansted regularly exceed their certified noise levels, & it is as commonly accepted that little can, or is, done about it. Ground noise is also exacerbated by the need for low-cost airlines to make quick ‘turn rounds’ in the interests of economy.
I trust that our concerns, and those of the immediate local community to Stansted Airport, will be taken into consideration in the consultation process.
Department for Transport
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR
‘Night Flying Restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted’
Takeley Parish Council have the following comments to make in response to the above consultation paper.
Takeley Parish Council recommend that the present restrictions should be extended for a further year, given the possible changes which may result from:
a) the forthcoming White Paper on the development of airport capacity in the UK, and
b) any European directive or decision on night flying, due to be published in early July.
Takeley Parish Council can not comment on the longer term influences of night flying until it has had a chance to digest what the White Paper may have in store for the development, or otherwise, of Stansted Airport.
However, depending on the sustainability for Stansted as any proposed expansion takes place, there is a greater need for a reduction in night flights and this Council would aim for a reduction in night flights at Stansted to zero in the longer term, regardless of future air traffic demand at Stansted.
As far as actual quotas are concerned, some form of hourly limit should be considered in order to avoid possible bunching of movements at the least acceptable times. Transparency and openness are essential in the working of policy, but above all night flight policy must be developed in favour of people living near night flight paths rather than for any inconvenience restrictions may cause to the airlines.
Nosier aircraft must be phased out of night flight quotas, while elaborate checks must be made to ensure that aircraft operating in a night flight regime do indeed emit a noise level as stated by the manufactures and not more.
cc. Sir Alan Haselhurst – MP for Saffron Walden