Air­port to in­stall new noise mon­i­tors

Read­ings will be shared pub­licly on web­site

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FIFTY noise mon­i­tors be­ing in­stalled around Heathrow, in a move cam­paign­ers have de­scribed as a “step in the right di­rec­tion”.

The new de­vices will more than dou­ble the num­ber of air mon­i­tors it has in com­mu­ni­ties around its bound­aries, the air­port says.

Heathrow an­nounced on Wednes­day Au­gust 17 that it had be­gun in­stalling the new de­vices and was also up­grad­ing its net­work of ex­ist­ing mon­i­tors.

The read­ings will be shared pub­licly via the Heathrow noise web­site and the Heathrow Com­mu­nity Noise Fo­rum.

It said the new mon­i­tors were one of 10 steps set out in the lat­est ver­sion of its Blue­print for Noise Re­duc­tion, pub­lished that day.

Other mea­sures in the ac­tion plan in­clude:

Fit­ting tech­nol­ogy on air­craft new are quiet A320 The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries

Estab­lish­ing a vol­un­tary Quiet Night Char­ter to re­duce the im­pact of Heathrow’s night op­er­a­tions

Launch­ing web-based tool xPlane for res­i­dents to ac­cess flight data spe­cific to their lo­ca­tions

The lat­est com­mit­ments on tack­ling noise fol­low con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents on noise fo­rum.

Heathrow chief ex­ec­u­tive John Hol­landKaye said: “Heathrow shares a com­mon the ob­jec­tive with lo­cal res­i­dents: we want to make the skies around us qui­eter.

“The ar­rival of new, qui­eter air­craft and the start of our pro­gramme to in­stall 50 new noise mon­i­tors will help us to ac­cel­er­ate the re­duc­tion in the noise im­pacts of Heathrow.”

The new mon­i­tors were wel­comed by John Ste­wart, chair­man of the anti-Heathrow ex­pan­sion cam­paign group HACAN.

“This is very much a step in the right di­rec­tion be­cause noise mon­i­tors on the ground do re­as­sure peo­ple that noise mea­sure­ments are be­ing taken ac­cu­rately,” he said.

“We would like to see more noise mon­i­tors placed even far­ther from the air­port than they are at the mo­ment.”

The pro-ex­pan­sion group Back Heathrow also hailed the in­vest­ment in new noise mon­i­tors.

“These new noise mon­i­tors re­flect the im­por­tant work Heathrow has car­ried out over the last few months to lis­ten to and en­gage with lo­cal res­i­dents,” said a spokesman for the group.

“The com­mit­ment to meet or ex­ceed the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions set out by the Air­ports Com­mis­sion means that peo­ple liv­ing nearby can feel con­fi­dent that Heathrow can be big­ger and bet­ter.”

Heathrow is low­er­ing land­ing charges for qui­eter air­craft from Jan­uary 2017 to en­cour­age air­lines to use them.

The air­port says it has al­ready seen a 5.5% an­nual in­crease in the pro­por­tion of qui­eter planes be­ing used, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures in its Fly Quiet League ta­ble.

n CLEAR OB­JEC­TIVE: Heathrow chief ex­ec­u­tive John Hol­land-Kaye

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