Chichester MP raises impact of aircraft noise with minister

Andrew Tyrie

Andrew Tyrie

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Chichester’s MP has met the aviation minister to discuss plans to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on his constituents.

Back in February Andrew Tyrie wrote to Robert Goodwill welcoming the independent review of arrivals to Gatwick as a ‘considerable step forward’.

In his letter he explained that a residents in Loxwood, Ifold, Plaistow, and near Midhurst have complained about the effect Gatwick flights were having on them.

He said that his constituents were affected by the narrowing of arrivals’ approaches, the noise represented a ‘considerable disturbance’ for residents, and since it was over a very rural area ambient noise was far lower than in conurbations.

This week Mr Tyrie said: “I was encouraged by the recommendations set out by Bo Redeborn in the arrivals review.

“The review is a considerable step forward - containing some very interesting information - and I hope that the airport will be forthcoming in implementing its recommendations.

“They offer considerable scope to reduce the disturbance from aircraft noise for my constituents. It is much needed.

“In my meeting with the minister I raised two issues; the suggestion that the Government may wish to consider altering its guidance note on environmental objectives, and the need for further research into how to improve the assessment of noise over rural and tranquil areas.

“The minister informed me that the Department for Transport are intending to publish a report on noise later this year, and I will be interested to read this.

“From my constituents’ perspective it is crucial that this report addresses both the points that I raised with the minister.”

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