CHALLENGE AIRCRAFT NIGHT NOISE PLANS NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
(press release issued 6 September 2005 by Stop Stansted Expansion)
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 below or from the SSE campaign office at 01279 870558. The address for postal responses is:
Night Flights Restrictions Consultation,
Aviation Environment Division 4,
Great Minster House,
76 Marsham Street,
London SW1 4DR.
For other guidance notes and SSE's own response to the consultation, see: www.stopstanstedexpansion.com/night_flights.html
Taken from www.stopstanstedexpansion.com/press191.html
NIGHT FLIGHTS – MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN QUICKLY
The Government wants to allow 40% more night flights at Stansted Airport by 2012 and, as a local community, we need to say loud and clear that this is simply not acceptable. This proposed increase directly contradicts the Government's promise in the 2003 Air Transport White Paper to ‘bear down’ on the problem of night noise from aircraft operations.
The increase is being put forward as part of an important consultation on night flights at London's airports.
You can respond to this consultation by email and we strongly encourage you to do so before the closing date of 16 September.
Your email could simply cut and copy the words below - or you could personalize as you see fit - and then just send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You might also want to encourage friends, family and neighbours to respond.
Further information on the consultation and SSE's own (summary and full) response is available from our website on the Night Flights main page.
Ensure your voice is heard and don't let the Government put planes before people.
I am firmly opposed to your proposal for a 40 per cent increase (i.e. from actual figures for the year ending March 2005) in the number of night flights at Stansted by 2012 which directly contradicts the Government's promise in the 2003 Air Transport White Paper to ‘bear down’ on night noise from aircraft operations.
This in fact represents a growth rate that is 50 per cent higher than even BAA is predicting for overall (day and night) flights.
The people living in the communities around Stansted Airport should not be forced to suffer loss of sleep. It is the duty of the Government to reduce the current problem of aircraft noise at night and not to allow it to become worse as proposed.
[Add your name and address]
SSE RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT'S NIGHT FLYING RESTRICTIONS REGIME ANNOUNCEMENT - press release issued 6 June 2006 by SSE
"Night Restrictions for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports" (press release issued 6 June 2006 by the Department for Transport)
SSE Night Flights Consultation Stage 2 Covering Letter to local Councils (MS Word® format 39 KB)
SSE Full Response to the Department for Transport's Night Flights Stage 2 Consultation (MS Word® format 194 KB)
SSE Full Response to the Department for Transport's Night Flights Stage 2 Consultation (Acrobat® format 192 KB)
SSE Briefing Paper for the Department for Transport's Night Flights Stage 2 Consultation (MS Word® format 84 KB)
Broxted Parish Council's response to the Stage 1 consultation, 26 October 2004.
SSE's Covering Letter on Stage 1 Consultation (MS Word ® format 34KB)
SSE's Briefing Paper on Stage 1 Consultation (MS Word ® format 367KB)