Impact of keeping windows closed to block out Heathrow aircraft noise during heatwaves

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1749
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A third runway at Heathrow Airport would worsen Londoners' exposure to noise. An additional 300,000 people would be affected. To mitigate the impact on communities, the Secretary of State for Transport is proposing a noise insulation compensation scheme to help fund replacement windows, secondary glazing and other measures in homes, schools and community buildings. However, during warmer periods and heatwaves when Londoners particularly need the option of opening windows for their comfort and wellbeing, they face exposure to aircraft noise disturbance and being woken up by night or early morning flights. Will you examine the health impacts of this, particularly on vulnerable people, and consider them in your joint legal action against the third runway?

Answer

Answer for Impact of keeping windows closed to block out Heathrow aircraft noise during heatwaves

Answer for Impact of keeping windows closed to block out Heathrow aircraft noise during heatwaves

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You highlight one of the many weaknesses of the compensation package proposed. All the analysis demonstrates the severe health impacts on our communities as a result of Heathrow today and how expansion will exacerbate the problem. I expect this to form part of our case in our legal challenge against the Airports National Policy Statement, including work to understand the impacts on those most vulnerable.