Tuesday, 11 December 2018

MP presses Minister on Henley aircraft noise

HENLEY MP John Howell has called on a minister to tackle the ?unacceptable? level of noise caused by aircraft over Henley on their approach to Heathrow airport.

HENLEY MP John Howell has called on a minister to tackle the ?unacceptable? level of noise caused by aircraft over Henley on their approach to Heathrow airport.

He met Robert Goodwill, the minister of transport responsible for aircraft, this week, together with MPs John Redwood and Dr Phillip Lee, who represent Wokingham and Bracknell respectively.

The MPs said the aircraft approaches to Heathrow on an easterly wind had been changed without public consultation and that the height of incoming aircraft was a major factor which increased noise for people on the ground. They said the average height was about 5,000ft but a much steeper descent closer to the airport would help ensure noise was dissipated.

Mr Howell said: ?We asked the minister to raise this issue with the Civil Aviation Authority and NATS, a leader in air traffic management, and to seek an explanation as to why a change had been allowed to happen.

?It was quite clear that people were now living with an unacceptable level of noise even before the decision had been made on the next phase of airport expansion. I was pleased that the minister agreed to hold such a meeting and was looking sympathetically at the issue.?

Last month Mr Howell said Henley residents shouldn?t have to put up with the ?enormous? noise made by old Boeing 747s flying over the town.

Speaking during a Commons debate, he said people were regularly woken up during the night by planes coming into land at Heathrow, particularly those on ?easterly operations?, which applies when the wind blows from the east.

The planes appeared to do the equivalent of a handbrake turn, he added.

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