6th April 2015 for immediate use
Official statistics underestimate the levels of aircraft noise in east and south east London, according to the campaign group HACAN East. Just a week after the London Mayor Boris Johnson refused London City permission to expand on the grounds of noise, HACAN East has complained that the noise from City Airport aircraft and those heading to Heathrow are measured separately and not added together.
John Stewart, who chairs HACAN East, said, “We need to get a figure for the total noise if we are to get a picture of the real noise levels experienced by residents. In the areas of east and south east London where people get planes from both London City and Heathrow noise levels will be a lot higher than official statistics show.”
A report published in 2007 (1) found that “in some areas of East London flown over by both Heathrow planes and City Airport noise levels were comparable to those in parts of West London”. Two years ago the Greater London Assembly called for joint readings to be taken.
Stewart concluded, “It is not rocket science to assess the cumulative noise. The suspicion remains that it suits the aviation industry not to paint the full picture.”
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