Three councils mount legal challenge to curb night-time noise

16.5.2008     (Richmond Borough Council press  release)


Council mounts legal challenge to curb night-time noise

A High Court challenge is being mounted next week by Richmond Council and two
other boroughs as part of a continuing drive to ban night-flights at Heathrow.

Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead Councils contend that the current night-flights regime is illegal as some of
the flights are noisier than are allowed by the Government’s own rules.

The three authorities will put their case before Mr Justice Sullivan at a Judicial
Review in the High Court, starting on Tuesday May 20.

The hearing could last three days.

If successful, Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, could be forced to slash the number of aircraft allowed to arrive at Heathrow
before 6am.

The Councils will argue that the Minister is failing in her duty to protect residents
from excessive night noise.

They will also say that the Government ignored its own policy directive which
requires it to "bear down on noise."

Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Serge Lourie, said:

"We believe that the current noise from night-flights is both excessive and illegal
and this  challenge is another important step along the road to our ultimate goal
– a complete ban on night-flights.

"At the court hearing, we are aiming to achieve much-needed relief for residents
in the period between 4.30am and 6am.

"The types of aircraft which break the rules should be grounded."

The current challenge is also supported by Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Hillingdon Councils and the GLA.

All the Councils are members of the 2M Group, which opposes Heathrow expansion and campaigns to protect the quality of life
for residents in their local communities.


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Council mounts legal challenge