| Press Release - 9 July 2010
COMMUNITY MEETING ON AIRCRAFT NOISE
TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY 23 JULY
Sir Alan Haselhurst MP will join local councillors, Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) and BAA to discuss the ongoing problem of noisy aircraft and the problems they cause to the people of the Hallingburys, Hatfield Heath, Hatfield Broad Oak and beyond at a special meeting in Hatfield Heath Village Hall on Friday 23 July at 7pm.
The issue of increased aircraft noise came to a head last summer after newly-introduced departure practices for planes leaving Stansted coupled with the intrusion caused by the ear-splitting Air Asia X Kuala Lumpur service left many feeling frustrated and powerless to change the situation.
Since then, SSE and elected representatives have petitioned with some success for the trialing of new flight routes to avoid the more densely populated areas, some adjustments to the Air Asia X schedules and the deployment of mobile noise monitors to provide a more informed picture of noise levels on the Clacton flight path to the south east of the airport.
Almost a year since the initial community meeting - packed to overflowing - was held, and following repeated requests, BAA has finally consented to meet local people to give an update on the steps which have been taken. Feedback will be given on the measures taken to try to alleviate the situation and there will be ample time for those attending to ask questions and give their views on the current situation.
Uttlesford District Councillors Keith Artus and Peter Wilcock, plus Stop Stansted Expansion's own noise spokesman and technical adviser to the Stansted Airport Consultative Committee, Martin Peachey, will be on the panel, together with a representative from BAA's Flight Evaluation Unit at Stansted. The meeting will be chaired by Paula O'Sullivan, chair of Hatfield Heath Parish Council who is keen to welcome all who wish to attend, not just residents of her parish.
In the meantime, SSE reminds people to continue to report noisy planes so that the scale of the problem is officially recorded which can be done on this website. This is particularly important in order to establish a clear record of noise disturbance - especially at night, and not least given BAA's plans to handle the world's largest Code F aircraft, such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing's wide-bodied 747 800, as reported recently.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND COMMENT
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091 & firstname.lastname@example.org