SSE RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT'S NIGHT FLYING RESTRICTIONS REGIME ANNOUNCEMENT
(press release issued 6 June 2006 by Stop Stansted Expansion)
The proposals for the new night flying restrictions regime announced today by the Government are a scandalous betrayal of its promise in the Air Transport White Paper to ‘bear down on aircraft night noise’. Stansted is to be allowed 12,000 night flights a year between the hours of 11.30pm and 6am - compared to 8,500 last year - an increase of 40 percent.
In addition, during the very busy night periods between 11pm and 11.30pm and between 6am and 7am - during which time sleep disturbance by aircraft noise is at its worst - the number of night flights will continue to be completely unrestricted.
Worse still, in 2012, the Government intends to abolish all limits on the number of night flights at Stansted.
This all amounts to an outrageous decision by Government and flies directly in the face of the night noise guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation which recognise the importance of undisturbed sleep.
Once again, the Government is riding roughshod over local communities and pandering to the insatiable demands of the aviation industry. It has once again made a mockery of its entire consultation process by totally ignoring all representations made by the Stansted community and merely instituting the limits that it originally proposed. The Government should be thoroughly ashamed of its failure to enable local people to get a good night's sleep.
Today's decision by the Government will simply drive people to become even less tolerant of night flights and to argue for a total ban as already happens at many airports across Europe.
Perhaps we need to relocate Chequers or Dorneywood to beneath a Stansted flight path in order to get Government Ministers to understand just what local people around Stansted are expected to put up with.
Note to Editors
The Department for Transport press release issued today is accessible online at: www.gnn.gov.uk/environment/fullDetail.asp?ReleaseID=205921&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=False.
"Night Restrictions for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports" (press release issued 6 June 2006 by the Department for Transport)
CHALLENGE AIRCRAFT NIGHT NOISE PLANS NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - press release issued 6 September 2005 by SSE
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)
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