Home Owner Support Scheme Consultation,
Essex CM24 1QW
My Council has reviewed the HOSS ‘consultation’ document and wishes to make the following observations:
The distribution of this document is woefully inadequate. It is just not good enough to send the documents to a few local councils and other bodies and suggest, through the press, that copies are available from them. If BAA Stansted saw fit to send its much vilified pre-Christmas ‘dear neighbour’ letter to several thousand homes, why were those same homes not included in the consultation?
The original time allowed for consultation was far too short. You have today informed me that the period for consultation has been extended to 31st May. Why was such a short period of consultation ever considered appropriate in the first place?
To adopt as a model for the scheme one devised for a railway line is totally inappropriate. The noise and nuisance created by a train travelling on a fixed line can in no way be compared to that of aircraft landing and taking off. BAA should develop its own model, based on its experience as an airport operator, taking into account the acknowledged widespread nature of the nuisance caused by aircraft.
The 66 leq measurement is the wrong measurement to use. The World Health Organisation recommends that 50 decibels is sufficient noise to cause severe inconvenience. It is disingenuous to average this out over a 24 hour period in an attempt to play down the disturbance caused. Furthermore, no allowance has been made for the constant ground noise emanating from the airport.
It is unfair to draw an arbitrary line on a map to decide who is and who isn't entitled to something as important as compensation for the degradation of their quality of life. Entire communities should be included, and the boundaries drawn around natural features.
No reference is made in the document to the extra noise and nuisance that will be created by the additional road and rail links to the airport. BAA cannot shirk its responsibility in this matter and must liaise with the SRA and the Highways Authorities to produce one, co-ordinated, plan for compensation.
Noise must not be the only factor to be taken into account. There are visual, social, environmental and health considerations as well. Offering compensation for noise nuisance alone addresses only one aspect of the problem.
In the light of the above my Council feels that the two ‘questions’ posed in the consultation document are totally irrelevant. It demands that BAA goes back to the drawing board, seriously considers the impact an enlarged airport will have on the surrounding rural communities, and come up with a consultation document worthy of serious consideration.
P. Clark (Mrs) – Clerk, Broxted Parish Council
Sir Alan Haselhurst M.P.
Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign