Plane noise over South East London

MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor confirm his support for the introduction of periods of respite from Heathrow noise for the people of SE London, provided these give genuine relief from noise nuisance unlike previous respite trials which only made the problem worse, and can he press Heathrow Airport for information on when they may introduce it?


Answer for Plane noise over South East London

Answer for Plane noise over South East London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I strongly believe in respite from aircraft noise for all Londoners and indeed, those residents outside London are no less deserving of respite.

As the reshaping of London's airspace continues, it is imperative that NATS, working together with the CAA and with Heathrow and the other London airports, demonstrates how the latest technologies can be used to reduce the impact that aircraft noise has on people's lives, in a manner that is fair and equitable for all the affected communities. This process must be more open and transparent than it has been to date, and I have made representations to this effect.

We must also remember that, in the longer term, so long as we have one of the world's busiest airports nestled in amongst Europe's largest population centre, there will be limits to how much can be done.  This will require bold and imaginative thinking of the sort we have not seen from the Airports Commission.