I wanted to keep you updated on the Government consultation on night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and have flagged up some of its key points and how you can respond with your views. It closes on 28 February 2017.
The current night flight regime has been in place for a number of years and is due to expire in October this year. This consultation contains proposals for the restrictions that should replace them for the next 5 years until 2022.
The main proposals for consultation are:
- The current number of night flights for Heathrow to remain the same for the next five years
- A new noise category to ensure that quieter planes currently exempt from the night flight restrictions at Heathrow will now be included in the total number of aircraft movements that can take place at night
- Formally reflect Heathrow Airport’s current level of noise quota usage by reducing its noise quota by over 43% (1,740) in the winter and 50% (2,560) in the summer
For many local residents it is early morning noise that wakes them up and is most disruptive. The third runway proposal includes a ban on night flights. A number of residents have said to me that they feel a full ban should either be introduced earlier in the next night flight regime or that it should significantly reduce night flights as a substantive step towards a full ban. Wandsworth Council has said that it would like to see an immediate and total ban on night flights.
I would urge you to ensure that your own views are considered as part of this consultation. I will certainly be representing our community’s overall concerns on how disruptive night flight noise is and how it impacts on our local quality of life.
You can find the consultation and accompanying documents at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/night-flight-restrictions-at-gatwick-heathrow-and-stansted and responses can be submitted using the online response form at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/J6KX6. You can also email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Night Flights Consultation, Department for Transport, Great Minster House (1/25), Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR.