| Press Release - 18 May 2009
SSE LAUNCHES PRACTICAL GUIDE TO REPORTING AIRCRAFT NOISE NUISANCE
A new leaflet setting out details of how to complain about aircraft noise is launched this week by Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE).
The practically-oriented guide is designed to help people affected by noise from planes using Stansted Airport to report their concerns in a way which will help lead to improvements to noise management and better track keeping in the future. In some cases it could also lead to fines being imposed on airlines where they break noise and track keeping rules.
Aircraft noise is one of the biggest concerns of those living or working within striking distance of Stansted Airport and the spread of noise nuisance across an ever larger area of the countryside over the last decade has woken up many to the nightmare that would be created if the number of planes were to triple with BAA's plans for a second runway. Man-made sources of sound such as noise from aircraft can affect quality of life, sleep, performance at school and even, in some cases, health.
The 'Concerned About Aircraft Noise?' leaflet is being launched to coincide with national Noise Action Week which runs from 18-22 May to advise people on a host of neighbourhood noise issues.
Over 20,000 copies of SSE's leaflet have already been pre-ordered by 14 parish magazines in Uttlesford and East Herts districts for distribution to households across the community in the coming weeks and months. Others are expected to follow suit.
Commenting on the new leaflet Martin Peachey, SSE's noise spokesman and technical adviser on noise to the Stansted Airport Consultative Committee, said: "SSE follows up every complaint made to BAA via the SSE website and in around a fifth of cases this yields something useful in terms of our work to press the airport to improve its system of noise and track keeping. We do, however, urge people to complain responsibly to avoid compromising the overall noise picture statistics."
Copies of the leaflet are available on request from SSE at 01279 870558 or can be viewed online. This link also provides detailed information on what constitutes an infringement is plus an online form for reporting noisy or off-track aircraft to Stansted Airport with a copy to SSE for its own investigation and follow up.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. A jpg version of the photo used on the cover of the noise leaflet plus a pdf version of the front page of the leaflet are available on request from Carol Barbone (see below).
2. Noise Action Week has its own website.
3. At the time of writing, leaflets have been pre-ordered for local distribution by parish, village and residents' magazines spanning: Birchanger, the Easters and Rodings, Elsenham, Finchingfield, the Five Parishes, the Hadhams, the Hallingbury's, Hatfield Broad Oak, Hatfield Heath, Henham, Puckeridge and Standon, Stansted, Takeley, Thorley and Widdington.
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, firstname.lastname@example.org