Helicopter Noise

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2840
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In answer to Question 2017/0011 on helicopter noise you stated you would be consulting on your New Environment Strategy in Spring 2017, which will include a section on helicopters.  Please can you confirm exactly what plans you have in relation to publishing your London Environment Strategy.  Please also set out what plans you have to ensure helicopter noise is better monitored and excessive interference facing local residents in London by commercial flights is curtailed.

Answer

Answer for Helicopter Noise

Answer for Helicopter Noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My environment strategy is scheduled to be released for consultation in the summer. Once published, I will be circulating a copy to assembly members.

London is subject to regular overflying by helicopters, and noise from helicopter flights is a particular source of annoyance for many Londoners.  However, I do not have any control over the permitted flight paths used by commercial helicopters across London, nor their operational hours. The responsibility for this lies with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

My draft Environment Strategy will set out that I will take every opportunity to lobby the CAA and for the Government to review and amend an outdated regulatory regime to ensure reduced helicopter noise exposure for Londoners.