| Press Release - 6 September 2005
CHALLENGE AIRCRAFT NIGHT NOISE PLANS NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Noise from night flights at Stansted could worsen significantly if
Government proposals to allow a 40 per cent increase in numbers are allowed
to go unchallenged. The Government plans, which are intended to apply for
the period 2006/7 to 2011/12, ignore promises in the recent Air Transport
White Paper to 'bear down' on night noise from aircraft operations.
The warning comes from Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) which is calling on
local people to make their views known to the Department for Transport (DfT)
before the consultation on night flight restrictions at Stansted comes to a
close on 16 September.
SSE is also concerned to ensure that the Government takes on board the fact
that 'night must mean night' when it comes to implementing future
restrictions. In other words, the present 6.5 hour noise quota period,
during which set limits apply, must be extended to the full 8 hour night
period (2300-0700 hours).
"People living in the communities around Stansted Airport should not be
forced to suffer loss of sleep," said Chris Bennett, Chair of SSE's noise
working group. "The Government has signed the World Health Organisation
(WHO) Charter on Transport, Environment and Health which pledges it to
'strive to reduce night time sound levels to the WHO's recommended levels'.
We are a long way off these levels and yet the Government's current
proposals will make the night noise climate worse around Stansted."
SSE is urging everyone who suffers disturbance from night flights to respond
to the DfT consultation with even a simple response by email or short letter
to demonstrate the extent of local opposition to increased night noise.
Detailed notes on responding to the consultation have already been sent by
SSE to around 300 local community representatives and organisations in order
to guide those wishing to make a more detailed response.
A sample email which can be tailored to individual circumstances, together
with further information on the consultation, can be accessed on this website or from the SSE campaign office at 01279
870558. The address for postal responses is: Night Flights Restrictions
Consultation, DfT, Aviation Environment Division 4, Zone 1/34, Great Minster
House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1 4DR.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The full title of the consultation is Night Flying Restrictions at
Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports Stage 2 of Consultation on
Restrictions to apply from 30 October 2005. It can be accessed on the DfT
website at: www.aviation.dft.gov.uk
2. For a copy of SSE's sample email, see:
3. For other guidance notes and SSE's own response to the consultation,
FURTHER INFORMATION AND COMMENT
Carol Barbone, SSE: M 0777 552 3091 and email@example.com