Independent aviation noise regulator

Wednesday 4 December 2013, 10:00am

Motion detail

This Assembly supports the establishment of an independent aviation noise regulator as a way of alleviating the problem of noise pollution in London. 

 

The distress that noise causes communities is well documented in addition to the detrimental impact it can have on both the quality of life and health of millions of Londoners. 

 

This Assembly notes the recent publication of the Flight Path to Growth report and its support for the creation of an independent noise ombudsman. Whilst welcoming this stance, this Assembly restates its opposition to the expansion of Heathrow Airport

 

With ever greater numbers of people being affected by aircraft noise it is vital that Londoners can turn to a trusted third party to reduce antagonism in the relationship between communities and airports.

 

This Assembly urges the Mayor of London, Sir Howard Davies, and the Transport Secretary to look at how a regulator could be established as part of the work of the Airports Commission. Londoners need to have the confidence that aviation noise levels are being monitored in a transparent way and that action will be taken if unacceptable levels of disturbance occur.