People suffer more night-flight noise at Luton Airport than at Heathrow

PUBLISHED: 09:21 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

PEOPLE in the district suffer more from night noise from Luton Airport than those living near Heathrow. That is the claim from Beric Read, St Albans District Councillor for Sandridge, who says the airport averages 36 aircraft movement per night compared t

PEOPLE in the district suffer more from night noise from Luton Airport than those living near Heathrow.

That is the claim from Beric Read, St Albans District Councillor for Sandridge, who says the airport averages 36 aircraft movement per night compared to just 16 at Heathrow.

Major airports in the south east including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are limited by the Department of Transport to a fixed number of flights between 11pm and 6am. But no restrictions on the number of flights have so far been placed on Luton Airport.

At last week's district council meeting Cllr Read received unanimous support when he asked fellow councillors to back a call for restrictions to be placed on the number of night flights at Luton.

He said after the meeting: "Residents of both Sandridge and Marshalswick have been noticing an increase in aircraft noise which is particularly apparent at night."

Fellow district councillor Judy Shardlow, a member of the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee (LLACC), claims residents in Wheathmapstead and Harpenden are among the worst affected.

She said: "Last quarter 111 people complained about night noise, an increase of 66 per cent on the same time last year.

"Local people have had enough of the current and entirely-flimsy voluntary night-noise policy. It provides Luton Airport with a blank cheque to fly as many aircraft out of Luton as they can squeeze in."

County Councillor Bernard Lloyd is also to propose a motion to Herts County Council asking councillors to support a restriction on night flights.

Blob/In last week's Herts Advertiser John Davis of the watchdog group LADACAN (Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) complained that Luton Airport bosses had postponed the two-yearly review of the situation.

He said: "We have been told the airport's master plan won't be ready by March this year so they wouldn't be in a position to discuss its night-noise policy. But this is irrelevant and is just a flimsy excuse to duck the issue for another year.

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