Aircraft Noise A Major Concern for Local Residents

At a 'standing-room only' meeting of local residents in Langton Green Village Hall, chaired by local MP Greg Clark, residents voiced strong opposition to the increasing disruption caused by airport noise. Amongst the points raised were:

·         “Aircraft noise can have a detrimental effect on people’s health and wellbeing.”

 

·         “Level of background noise is important factor – in quieter rural areas, low levels of noise have a bigger impact.  International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) says that noise levels for commercial developments should be set at 10 decibels higher in urban areas.” 

 

·         “Need noise monitors in Tunbridge Wells area.”

 

·         “Aircraft noise is also a problem for some people during the day – not just at night.”

 

·         “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – in National Planning Policy Framework it states that tranquillity is important factor for AONBs.”

 

·         “Kent prides itself on being a tourist destination - a rural, quiet area.  Aircraft noise is, therefore, a threat to the tourist industry.”

 

·         “Why can’t air traffic controllers give respite to particular areas?”

 

·         “Can there be an exclusion zone over Tunbridge Wells like East Grinstead has?”

 

·         “Angle of descent is important – if it was 3° instead of 4° that would help reduce noise.”

 

·         “Do pilots have freedom to choose routes in and out of Gatwick?”

 

·         “Why can’t aircraft manufacturers improve engines to reduce noise?  Airbus say new generation of engines will be quieter – could these be   retrofitted?”

 

·         “Why can’t night flights be banned as at Heathrow?”

 

·         “Local authorities such as Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Sevenoaks District Council have been refused seat at GATCOM so it is not representative. GATCOM should be listening to concerns of customers.”

 

·         “Gatwick has said that they want to increase number of long haul flights, with or without second runway.”

 

·         “There are lots of consultations regarding noise from aircraft resulting from Airports Commission – important people respond to these.  A discussion paper has just been published which will inform the Airports Commission: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/airports-commission-considers-aviation-noise  Everyone is encouraged to respond to this.”

 

·         “The Government’s Aviation Policy Framework (17 - March 2013) states: “Our overall objective on noise is to limit and where possible reduce the number of people in the UK significantly affected by aircraft noise. “

 

 

·         “Challenge is to make Gatwick work in way which doesn’t affect people’s quality of life".

Greg Clark has responded to these concerns by agreeing:-

·         “Aircraft noise can have a detrimental effect on people’s health and wellbeing.”

 

·         “Level of background noise is important factor – in quieter rural areas, low levels of noise have a bigger impact.  International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) says that noise levels for commercial developments should be set at 10 decibels higher in urban areas.” 

 

·         “Need noise monitors in Tunbridge Wells area.”

 

·         “Aircraft noise is also a problem for some people during the day – not just at night.”

 

·         “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – in National Planning Policy Framework it states that tranquillity is important factor for AONBs.”

 

·         “Kent prides itself on being a tourist destination - a rural, quiet area.  Aircraft noise is, therefore, a threat to the tourist industry.”

 

·         “Why can’t air traffic controllers give respite to particular areas?”

 

·         “Can there be an exclusion zone over Tunbridge Wells like East Grinstead has?”

 

·         “Angle of descent is important – if it was 3° instead of 4° that would help reduce noise.”

 

·         “Do pilots have freedom to choose routes in and out of Gatwick?”

 

·         “Why can’t aircraft manufacturers improve engines to reduce noise?  Airbus say new generation of engines will be quieter – could these be

o   retrofitted?”

 

·         “Why can’t night flights be banned as at Heathrow?”

 

·         “Local authorities such as Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Sevenoaks District Council have been refused seat at GATCOM so it is not representative. GATCOM should be listening to concerns of customers.”

 

·         “Gatwick has said that they want to increase number of long haul flights, with or without second runway.”

 

·         “There are lots of consultations regarding noise from aircraft resulting from Airports Commission – important people respond to these.  A discussion paper has just been published which will inform the Airports Commission: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/airports-commission-considers-aviation-noise  Everyone is encouraged to respond to this.”

 

·         “The Government’s Aviation Policy Framework (17 - March 2013) states: “Our overall objective on noise is to limit and where possible reduce the number of people in the UK significantly affected by aircraft noise. “

 

 

·         “Challenge is to make Gatwick work in way which doesn’t affect people’s quality of life.”