Wish you were backing Heathrow
THE number of people affected by aircraft noise from Heathrow fell by nearly 50,000 in a single year, according to a new report.
Just over 704,000 people living around the airport endured noise of 55 dBA Lden or above during 2014, latest figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show, compared with more than 750,000 the previous year.
The Lden noise scale measures average noise, with greater weighting given to night-time disturbance. The CAA says it is generally assumed that significant annoyance occurs above 55dBA Lden. The air regulator ascribed the reduced noise to the increased use of quieter planes at the airport, among other factors. Heathrow welcomed the report, published on PRO-Heathrow expansion campaigners delivered thousands of postcards to the Prime Minister on September 22.
Campaigners visited 10 Downing Street to hand over more than 50,000 postcards to David Cameron from supporters living near the airport as well as Surrey, west London and the Thames Valley. The postcard campaign was organised by Back Heathrow, a coalition of residents and businesses, who want to see the UK’s hub airport expand with a third runway. The message on the postcard reads: “Dear Prime Minister, along with my friends and neighbours, I urge you to ‘back Heathrow’ and implement the recommendations of the Airports Commission to immediately expand Heathrow and secure our future.”
Rob Gray, campaign director of Back Heathrow, said: “We want the Prime Minister to go for it. Most local residents living around Heathrow Airport are fed-up with Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith hogging the limelight but failing to represent their views on this issue.” Tuesday, September 22, saying the latest figures proved its efforts to be a better neighbour paying dividends.
But the anti-Heathrow
were expansion campaign group HACAN said the “glowing report” did not reflect the daily experience of residents.
The CAA report found