Aircraft noise

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Although the respite trial on night flights/early morning flights, which was greatly inconveniencing certain communities in south-east London, came to an end on 31st March, I have still been getting a substantial number of complaints from residents in Brockley and Greenwich about an increase in daytime noise. While I thank you for your input on the issue of the respite trials, can I ask you to make formal representations to Heathrow and the relevant authorities about the continuing problem of daytime noise in south-east London?


Answer for Aircraft noise

Answer for Aircraft noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 1 July 2013.

As you note, the Early Morning Respite Trial undertaken by Heathrow and British Airways in conjunction with NATS and HACAN ended on the 31 March.

I would be happy to receive details on the nature of the complaints on daytime noise that you have received from residents in Brockley and Greenwich, with a view to raising the issue with the relevant bodies. I would also strongly urge those affected to formally lodge their complaints with Heathrow airport, their local authority representatives, and MP, if they have not already done so.

I am committed to making the case for the only credible solution to the increasing demand at Heathrow, which is to establish a new hub airport, away from densely populated areas. That is why I have commissioned TfL to undertake detailed feasibility studies of possible locations for a new hub airport serving London and the south east to inform the work of the Airports Commission.