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CAA invite anyone affected by aircraft noise to complete their survey – ends 5th January 2018

The CAA has a current consultation on aircraft noise, for those affected by it. The consultation started on 6th July and ends on 5th January. It is a short survey that is easy for individuals to complete on the basis of their own personal noise experience. The CAA says  it is “looking at how we can influence the aviation industry’s noise performance, and we would like to hear from people impacted by aviation noise to get a better understanding of what you would like us to do about noise.” (Anything other than not allow more and more flights ….) The CAA says: “Answering these questions will help us to understand which areas people who are affected by aviation noise would like us to focus on, and therefore help to define our work programme. However, we will not always be able to act, and at the moment we are looking at how we use our existing powers to improve noise.” … “We intend to use this information to inform how we use our existing powers to improve noise performance in the coming years. If we believe that we, or another organisation, need more powers to influence the things that matter most to people, we will explain why this is the case when we publish a response.”

Survey at  https://consultations.caa.co.uk/policy-development/aviation-noise-impacts/consultation/subpage.2017-06-21.5194745678/


Transport Select Committee invites evidence on Airports NPS – until 30th November 2017 

The Transport Committee is to carry out an inquiry into the DfT’s  revised proposal for an Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) – tabled by the Government on 24 October. The DfT consultation is to end on 19th December, after just 8 weeks.  The NPS must receive Parliamentary approval before Heathrow Airport can submit a development consent application to the Planning Inspectorate, which then makes a recommendation to the Secretary of State on whether planning consent should be granted. The Transport Committee (Chair is Lilian Greenwood) will run this second inquiry, as the work of the previous committee was cut short by the general election in June.  Some members of the committee have changed since before the election – and the previous Chair was Louise Ellman. This inquiry will specifically look at, and want submissions on, “whether the DfT’s revised passenger demand forecasts and air quality assessments have been satisfactorily completed and are represented accurately in the final version of the NPS and Appraisal of Sustainability” – and on “whether any other changes to the NPS based on clarity intention and/or Government policy since February 2017 are suitable.” The deadline for submissions to the Transport committee is Thursday 30 November 2017.

Submit your view through the Transport Committee’s  Airports NPS inquiry page.

DfT publishes another 8 week consultation on the Heathrow NPS – ends 19th December 2017

As stated in September, the Government has now published a second part of its consultation on the “Airports NPS”, on building a 3rd Heathrow runway. The 8 week consultation ends on 19th December. This consultation contains updated air passenger forecasts which were not produced for the earlier NPS consultation (which ended in May). It also looks at air pollution issues, which were not covered properly before, and also noise. This consultation comes exactly one year since the Government announced it favoured a 3rd Heathrow runway.  The DfT is very aware of the problem Heathrow has with air pollution saying the runway means “there remains, however, a risk that the options could delay or worsen compliance with limit values, albeit decreasing over time.”  Since the report by the Airports Commission, in July 2015, the arguments it put forward for the 3rd Heathrow runway have been seriously undermined – on economics, air pollution, carbon emission, noise, cost to the taxpayer etc. Yet Government tries to push on with it. 

Consultation document (and there are many separate documents relating to the consultation).

How to complain about Heathrow flights:

In case people don’t know how to complain to Heathrow, here is their website.


You can use the online form, email noise@heathrow.com
Or Freephone 0800 344844

Don’t be surprised to be fobbed off.  But very politely.

If you complain about more than one flight in one call or email, it is classed as just one complaint. If you want to complain about 10 flights, it has to be 10 separate emails, or forms, or calls.

Also tell your MP if you feel there are planes that deserve a complaint. And councillors. The MPs need to know if you are not happy about what is flying overhead. And your councillors too.

WebTrak: You can check which flight it was near you (there is a 24 hour delay on the system though) on Heathrow’s WebTrakhttp://webtrak5.bksv.com/lhr4 You can go back 365 days on WebTrak to compare flights up to one year ago, to see if flight paths, heights etc have changed. If they have, ask Heathrow why. (They will not tell you!)


Atmospheric CO2 data
Follow the CO2Now.org website  for monthly updates of the atmospheric level of CO2 at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii. Also for NOAA monthly climate data.
and follow CO2Now


Check out your own carbon footprint, including how much of it comes from flying

Compare different components of personal carbon footprints, such as car use, domestic gas and electricity consumption, rail travel, and everyday consumption choices, and see how including flights can greatly increase the annual total.
WWF’s Travel Smart commitment
WWF is asking as many people as possible to make a commitment that if they travel abroad on holiday, they do so in a way that does least environmental damage. One of its pledges is to take holidays near home, and avoid travelling by air where possible.  Another is to support reputable, conservation-minded tour operators and suppliers.
Sign up at WWF Travel Smart
Check out Skeptical Science …
 … a really useful website which lists almost all the possible arguments used by climate sceptics, and tried to counter them with the current scientific position.
Skeptic Arguments and What the Science Says
 For example:
  and many, many others.

Give yourself a break – with Fascinating Aida

 4 minutes of Fascinating Aida’s take on cheap flights.   Not to be missed.
YouTube    50p flights?     Feckin’ brilliant !



Sign the Manston (Kent International) Airport
Night Flights petition:
“We, the undersigned, object to any night flights (11pm to 7am) into or out of Manston.”
Manston Airport is owned by Infratil, a New Zealand-based multi-national. Their long-standing ‘S106’ agreement with Thanet District Council bans all scheduled night flights in the 8 hours between 11pm and 7am.   Infratil now want to change that, and recently asked TDC for permission to start scheduling night flights.The noise from any flights in the 8 hours between 11pm and 7am is far more intrusive and disruptive than at any other time of day.  Night flights would reduce the quality of life for everyone within earshot of the flightpath. The runway ends less than a mile from the edge of Ramsgate, so thousands of homes are seriously overflown.
See   http://planesoverhernebay.blogspot.com/   for more info.



Businesses – join the WWF “One in Five” Challenge, to cut flights
WWF’s report, Travelling Light, has found that there is great potential for businesses to fly less while remaining productive. There are many good reasons why businesses are now flying less and making greater use of audio and videoconferencing.
If you think your business would be interested in taking up the One in Five Challenge, or if you would like to find out more, please contact us at oneinfive@wwf.org.uk
More details at One in Five Challenge




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