Aircraft noise is a problem for millions of communities up and down the country, as well as overseas. No matter how many airlines tell you that planes are far quieter than they were, the government department itself has found that intolerance towards aircraft noise has grown.
As a result of investigation by the Airports Commission into airport expansion, a new independent government body was formed, called ICCAN (Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise); this is a body created to act as an independent, impartial voice on civil aviation noise and how it affects communities.
It has taken time for ICCAN to get going, but now, on the border of Sussex and Surrey on Wednesday 26th February, the Head Commissioner will be speaking about local aircraft noise issues surrounding Gatwick Airport at the Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne Way, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3PG
The event is free to attend. Head Commissioner Robert Light will be joined by some of his fellow commissioners, and invites you to attend at 7.30pm, following the CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) Annual General Meeting at 7pm.
Since January 2019, ICCAN’s task has been to develop their understanding and knowledge about aviation noise, as well as to meet with the organisations, people and communities who are affected.
As CAGNE found in a recent survey (during October and November 2019) randomly conducted of residents in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, 51.8% cited “More aircraft noise” as a reason for not supporting Gatwick expansion plans.
63.3% of those asked said “No” to letting Gatwick Airport increase the number of flights from 55 to 75 an hour with two runways, with only 35% agreeing to the proposed growth plans.
These survey results show that aircraft noise is a major concern for local people. The government’s current plans to modernise airspace, FASI-S (Future Airspace Strategy Implementation – South) should also be a concern. This strategy could result in flying over areas that have never before been impacted by aircraft noise, which must inevitably increase the number of people significantly impacted by Gatwick’s plans for growth and expansion.
In the first year of ICCAN’s existence, the Commissioners met with hundreds of different stakeholders, including community groups, academics, airports, airlines, industry bodies and government.
ICCAN have just released their first report – a Review of the Survey of Noise Attitudes (SoNA) 2014.
This review provides a summary of their investigation into SoNA, a government noise report. It details what was discovered and importantly, this review ends with a look to the future, and a plan to rebuild trust in the decision-making process. The SoNA findings divide community groups from the aviation industry, and also divide opinions between academics, acousticians and health experts.