Heathrow Noise (2)

MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree that, whilst a Noise Pollution Tsar would be desirable, even a radical reduction in aircraft noise would not render Heathrow Airport suitable for expansion?


Answer for Heathrow Noise (2)

Answer for Heathrow Noise (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Heathrow has a truly devastating impact on the quality of life of those living under its flightpaths. Recent studies have shown the dire impact this is having locally on people's health and on the reading age of school children. An independent noise regulator could ensure that Heathrow does more to reduce and mitigate the harm that it already causes. It is most certainly not a fig leaf under which an expansion of Heathrow can be allowed to proceed.

It is also clear that the Independent Aircraft Noise Authority proposed by the Airports Commission, but without any enforcement powers, will be very limited in what it can achieve in tackling noise impacts.

There is no realistic prospect of a radical reduction in aircraft noise around Heathrow. This is why I believe the airport should move. The airport's own assessment of a less-than-half-utilised third runway in 2030, with heroic technology assumptions, still exposes more people to noise than Heathrow's next five European rivals combined.