Heathrow noise

I have had a number of complaints about noise levels from aircraft this weekend. The noise levels have been high despite the early end of the Heathrow flight path trials which many complained about previously. The airport did respond to our lobbying and decided to curtail the experiments.

The airport was on easterly operations over the week-end which is always noisier for the Wokingham area. Wind direction has always affected how the airport works. I will make further representations, as part of the campaign to support the introduction of quieter aircraft and better flight paths to reduce overhead noise in residential areas like ours.

Individuals should also tell the airport when they think it is too noisy. The website to do so is www.heathrowairport.com/noise.

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  1. old goat
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Should campaign for quieter aircraft? Technology has moved a lot since the 1980s when it was a big issue. The engine companies have been surprised that the pressure on noise has gone away in most cases with the advent of the large turbo fan engines. Perhaps a need to revisit this technological issue?

  2. lojolondon
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I am not sympathetic, John – if someone buys a house near to an international airport, it should be no surprise that aeroplanes make a noise, so they shouldn’t ask for help. A house in the proximity of a main road like the M4 or Heathrow / Gatwick or even Silverstone will cost 100k or several 100k less than a similar house in another area.
    One can’t take the discount on the house then lobby the government to help with noise – the airport was there long before you were, you knew what you were buying.

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