Aircraft noise

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0853
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you concerned by reports that the number of complaints about noise from planes at Heathrow Airport rose more than six-fold during a recent trial of runway alternation?

Answer

Answer for Aircraft noise

Answer for Aircraft noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, I am concerned by any significant increase in the noise impact. As I have stated before, in response to MQ 2767/2011, efficiency improvements in the way our airports operate are welcome, but exactly how these proposals work should be subject to scrutiny, particularly if they turn out to worsen the lives of West Londoners living under the flight paths. I want to see aviation thrive in London and the south-east and expect the Government's trial to be fairly conducted and its consultation to be open-minded and responsive to the people in London who could be adversely affected by this experiment.

This potential improvement can only ever be a sticking-plaster. What I want to see is a long term solution to the UK's aviation problems and Heathrow can never be that. I want to see a new hub airport for the south-east that can keep London on the global necklace of megacities and maintain its and the UK's position as a strong economic force.

I have asked my officers to follow the trial closely and liaise with the local authorities whose communities will be directly affected.