Campaigners call for Stansted Airport flight path changes to be reversed

PUBLISHED: 15:44 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:44 09 May 2017

Aerial view of Stansted Airport

Aerial view of Stansted Airport

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A campaign group is urging residents to make their views known to reverse flight path changes at Stansted Airport, which is causing “noise misery”.

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) says the flight path changes for aircraft taking off from Stansted has led to double the number of planes flying during the day on the easternly Clacton departure routes.

SSE says the additional aircraft noise is causing noise misery for residents beneath those flight paths and that the “only winners are the airlines”.

The flight path changes were implemented in February last year after approval by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), despite fierce opposition from residents, according to SSE.

The campaign group says 82% of people who responded to the public consultation prior to the changes opposed them, but their views were ignored.

A review of the changes by NATS and CAA is currently underway and SSE is calling on residents to submit their views to push for a reversal of the changes.

Martin Peachey, from SSE, said: “Whenever there are changes to flightpaths there are always winners and losers but in this instance it seems that the only winners are the airlines.

“There must be a more equitable outcome so that local residents do not pay a high price in terms of increased noise misery.”

SSE has written to NATS and the CAA and has offered to meet with NATS officials to discuss the issue further.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said: ““We recognise that aircraft noise is important issue for local residents and one we take very seriously through the implementation of our noise control plan, and the successful application of modern flying techniques to reduce the overall number of people impacted by noise.

“We believe it’s right there is a considered process for airspace changes and that the CAA revisit the decisions they’ve taken, and if anyone feels they wish to contribute to the review they should take the opportunity to provide any feedback.”

NATS said it was unable to comment as the review was entering its post-implementation stage.

The deadline for submissions in response to the current review is May 15 and for information on how to respond, visit www.stopstanstedexpansion.com.

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