Noise levels are sky high

Noise levels are sky high

Balancing the development of our gateway to tourism with the issue of noise pollution has been a problem for many years. Our desire to travel has resulted in the creation of excessive noise especially for the local community. Here we look at the latest regarding Luton Airport and their desire to silence the noise.

Increased complaints

Following a dramatic rise in noise complaints and a consultation on flight paths, there have been calls for Luton Airport to reduce noise pollution associated with the site.

Early on in the year, Luton Airport released figures revealing that local residents living in neighbouring towns had made a staggering number of complaints about noise levels – up 800% in the last three years.

The airport has been issued penalties of £8,700 for breach of noise limits following the complaints.

Routes to noise

In 2015, the RNAV route was introduced resulting in the flight paths from the airport narrowing. Since then it has been met with opposition from campaigners who state that narrowing the flight paths concentrated the noise over a smaller area, therefore creating increased disturbance for residents.

Since its implementation, the local council has apparently seen a “dramatic increase” in complaints about the noise so the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is conducting a review of the route.

Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, business and community portfolio holder at St Albans City & District Council, said: “For the most affected communities many more aircraft come closer to them, or fly directly overhead. Thus, the concentration of previously widespread flights closer to some communities greatly increases cumulative noise impact for them. Some direct overflight of urban areas is reduced, but the concentration effects are serious.”

Cllr Gaygusuz also asked the CAA to reveal what research is being carried out to reduce the environmental damage caused by air pollution from aircraft.

He added: “My Council urges the CAA to strongly consider and consult on alternatives to the current RNAV route, including the potential option of reverting back to previous routes and more dispersed flight paths.” He also stated that he welcomes encouraging airlines to use quieter aircraft.

A CAA spokesman said: “We are currently carrying out a post-implementation review (PIR) to evaluate whether the anticipated impacts of the Luton Airspace change are as expected.

“The PIR is not a review of the decision on the airspace change proposal. As part of the PIR we asked for feedback, via a survey, on both the impacts of the implemented airspace change and the data provided by the sponsor in support of the PIR.

“We will aim to review the evidence provided and publish the completed PIR by the end of the year.”

Airport commitment

Luton airport is committed to reducing noise.

In 2016, they introduced a Noise Insulation Scheme which promises to spend £100,000 every year on noise insulation within the local community. This includes the installation of double glazing and ventilation units for both residential and non-residential properties.

The airport’s website says: “We’re constantly working to minimise noise. One of the measures involved in reducing noise for our local communities is our Noise Insulation Scheme.

“The scheme covers both residential and non-residential properties. Depending on any existing insulation in the property, double glazing, secondary glazing and ventilation units can be provided.”

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