Air­field noise is a lesser evil than A40

Uxbridge Gazette - - OPINION -

YOUR cor­re­spon­dent Anna Wil­liams (‘Call to chal­lenge com­mer­cial flights’, Gazette let­ters, Nov 4) is in­cor­rect about the 12,000 flights of com­mer­cial jets at RAF Northolt.

The air­port has two li­cences one from the Mil­i­tary Avi­a­tion Author­ity, the other from the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity so Northolt RAF sta­tion is quite safe for air­craft take-off and land­ing.

This was also stated at a ju­di­cial re­view in Jan­uary. It was said that planes are fly­ing safely and within the reg­u­la­tions.

Re­gard­ing com­mer­cial flights, there are no plans to in­crease the cap which is 12,000 move­ments. In fact there are fewer than 10,000 move­ments ie less than 5,000 each of take-off and land­ing.

Com­mer­cial flights are also very re­stricted at week­ends with no flights af­ter 8pm. Any flights at night are on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds. Two Ebola pa­tients have been trans­ported since April and the air­port had to re­main open all night.

The com­mer­cial air­craft are very quiet. There are two four en­gine RAF air­craft which are noisy.

The Lon­don Air Am­bu­lance Ser­vice cur­rently has two he­li­copters based at the sta­tion.

I understand that Miss Wil­liams has had a few con­ver­sa­tions with Squadron Leader Ten­nis­wood but he has failed to con­vince her.

Re­gard­ing the sub­ject of noise pol­lu­tion. If you live near any air­field you are go­ing to be ex­posed to a cer­tain amount of noise.

Res­i­dents who have had let­ters printed in the past do not men­tion the hor­ren­dous noise from the A40.

Not so long ago we could sit in our gar­dens on a pleas­ant sum­mer’s day but now the noise from the road is a con­stant 24/7. In­ter­mit­tent noise from air­craft take-off and land­ing (5 min­utes per hour on av­er­age) is

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