INCREASING AIRCRAFT NOISE OVER HIGH EASTER

THE PARISH COUNCIL NEEDS YOUR HELP …….. If you are a resident affected by the increase in aircraft noise, please consider making a complaint when either a noisy flight goes overhead or about a noise problem in general.

Please see the Stop Stansted Expansion website for up to date information, http://stopstanstedexpansion.com/ and to make a noise complaint,  

Residents should make their views known directly to Stansted Airport using the Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) website form here  By using the form via the Stop Stansted Expansion group’s website allows your complaint to be noted and used in SSE arguments, whilst also being forwarded to the Stansted Airport noise complaint team.  Stansted Airport has stated that complaints about intensification of flights and noise will be forwarded to NATS and the CAA. 

Alternatively, letters should be addressed to Stansted Airport at Noise Communications Team, Enterprise House, Stansted Airport, Essex CM24 1QW. 

 

Januay 2019

High Easter Parish Council's letter to the Secretary of State asking for the latest application to be decided at national level, Airport letter to SoS 

April 2018

The response to the Stansted Airport planning application to increase passgenger numbers can be viewed here Airport letter inc in passengers April 2018 

May 2017

Post Implementation Review of Departure Routes closed in May 2017.  The response from High Easter Parish Council can be viewed here, Response to NATS PIR May 2017 including this attachment Cole Jarman Response to High Easter questions Jan 17 

January 2017

The Government has published a consultation on night flight restrictions at designated airports which includes Stansted.  The current restrictions expire in October of this year and the consultation details the Department of Transports proposals for the restrictions that should replace them, these will remain for 5 years.  Details of the consultation can be viewed at this link, https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/night-flight-restrictions-at-gatwick-heathrow-and-stansted.  High Easter Parish Council responses can be viewed here, Airport Night Restrictions

November 2016

The results of the noise monitoring report for High Easter can be viewed on the Stansted Airport website at this link, http://mag-umbraco-media-live.s3.amazonaws.com/4422495/community-noise-monitoring-report-high-easter-november-2016.pdf  .

September and October 2016

High Easter Parish Council letter sent to the CAA, HEPC Letter to CAA

CAA response to High Easter Parish Council, CAA Response to letter

High Easter Parish Council statement and question to the Stansted Airport Consultative Committee (STACC) meeting on 5th October 2016, Statement and question to STACC

 

Background

In February 2016, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved a proposal to move all aircraft departing Stansted airport from the south east Dover (Detling) routes to the easterly Clacton routes.  They stated their primary reason for making the change was because aircraft departing towards Kent were becoming more inefficient as the airspace they fly through becomes more congested.

High Easter was one of the ‘losers’ in this decision and the Parish Council, residents, SSE and others, strongly objected to the proposal.

As a result, High Easter has seen the number of flights overflying the village double, to a level where approximately 70% (source NATS consultation document) of all flights departing Stansted airport fly directly over the village at heights between 4,000 and 7,000ft.  There is a further trial and consultation awaiting approval which sees aircraft using navigation equipment to maintain a centre line within the 3km wide noise preferential routes.  The impact will be to concentrate aircraft routing over a much narrower corridor.  

Since the change implemented in February and as evidenced by the correspondence received and minutes of High Easter Parish Council meetings, the level of complaints and issues about noise and disturbance has increased significantly as residents have become aware of the impact of these changes.

  

What else

Residents are encouraged to let your District Councillor know of the impacts of the change and how it has affected you in your particular location. You might also consider contacting our local Member of Parliament.

The Stansted Airport Consultative Committee has local community representation and you can contact this committee through its Secretary Frank Evans via fefamily@blueyonder.co.uk or write to Frank Evans, Secretary STACC, 48 Windermere Avenue, Eastcote, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 9RF and telephone 0208 868 1662.

You can correspond directly with NATS and the CAA at the following addresses:

NATS can be contacted via public.enquiries@nats.co.uk or write to NATS, 4000 Parkway, Whiteley, Fareham, Hants PO15 7FL and telephone 01489 616001

CAA can be contacted via complaints@caa.co.uk or write to Civil Aviation Authority, 45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE and telephone 020 7379 7311.

If you believe that a complaint or representation has not been adequately answered then you can refer it to the Department of Transport via aed@dft.gsi.gov.uk or write to Aviation Noise Policy, Aviation Environmental Division, Department of Transport, Great Minister House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR.

 

For more information, please contact the Clerk or Cllr Neil Reeve