Stop Stansted Expansion launches practical guide to reporting aircraft noise nuisance

18.5.2009   (Stop Stansted Expansion press release)

A new leaflet setting out details of how to complain about aircraft noise is
launched this week by Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE).

The practically-oriented guide is designed to help people affected by noise from
planes using Stansted Airport to report their concerns in a way which will help
lead to improvements to noise management and better track keeping in the future.  
In some cases it could also lead to fines being imposed on airlines where they
break noise and track keeping rules.

Aircraft noise is one of the biggest concerns of those living or working within
striking distance of Stansted Airport and the spread of noise nuisance across
an ever larger area of the countryside over the last decade has woken up many
to the nightmare that would be created if the number of planes were to triple
with BAA’s plans for a second runway.   Man-made sources of sound such as noise
from aircraft can affect quality of life, sleep, performance at school and even,
in some cases, health.  

The "Concerned About Aircraft Noise?" leaflet is being launched to coincide with national Noise Action Week which
runs from 18-22 May to advise people on a host of neighbourhood noise issues.  

Over 20,000 copies of SSE’s leaflet have already been pre-ordered by 14 parish
magazines in Uttlesford and East Herts districts for distribution to households
across the community in the coming weeks and months.   Others are expected to follow

Commenting on the new leaflet Martin Peachey, SSE’s noise spokesman and technical adviser on noise to the Stansted Airport
Consultative Committee, said:   "SSE follows up every complaint made to BAA via
the SSE website and in around a fifth of cases this yields something useful in
terms of our work to press the airport to improve its system of noise and track
keeping.   We do, however, urge people to complain responsibly to avoid compromising
the overall noise picture statistics."

Copies of the leaflet are available on request from SSE at 01279 870558 or can
be viewed online at    :

The complaint form is at:  

This link also provides detailed information on what constitutes an infringement
is plus an online form for reporting noisy or off-track aircraft to Stansted Airport
with a copy to SSE for its own investigation and follow up.  





A jpg version of the photo used on the cover of the noise leaflet plus a pdf
version of the front page of the leaflet are available on request from Carol Barbone
(see below).

Noise Action Week has its own website at

At the time of writing, leaflets have been pre-ordered for local distribution
by parish, village and residents’ magazines spanning:   Birchanger, the Easters
and Rodings, Elsenham, Finchingfield, the Five Parishes, the Hadhams, the Hallingbury’s,
Hatfield Broad Oak, Hatfield Heath, Henham, Puckeridge and Standon, Stansted,
Thorley and Widdington.



Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, Stop Stansted Expansion M 0777 552 3091,