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Aircraft noise over Sidcup

Added on: 28th July, 2018 by Derek Hope - Kent Photonews

Aircraft noise over Sidcup

Aircraft noise over Sidcup

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Sat, 28 July 2018

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The Sidcup Community Group are asking residents who have concerns about increased aircraft noise over Sidcup to voice their concerns about the increase which has steadily become worse since changes took place in February 2016.

The group tells residents "Changes to flight paths.The vast increase in aircraft traffic noise at least on the London City flight path is down to a change in approach which uses concentrated flight paths eg the planes all fly over the exactly the same route one after another".

There has been quite some opposition to this change which was introduced in February 2016 (without consultation with local councils or residents) from various groups, not least HACAN East (see their most recent newsletter). The Civil Aviation Authority is currently looking at the issue of concentrated flight paths, so you have your opportunity to make your voice heard. Its unrealistic to not be affected by aircraft noise at some point as London is a global city, but widening the approach path rather than concentrating it seems a fairer way of handling air traffic so we all share the burden.

If you wish to do so, please follow the links to the Civil Aviation Authority and also to City Airport to leave your comments. If this issue bothers you then the more voices the CAA and City Airport hear, the better.

One Sidcup resident wrote: "Over the past few months (even longer) there seems to have been a considerable increase in the number of flights (I think on the approach to London City Airport) and it seems that as late afternoon or evening approaches a 'plane goes over every two minutes. The noise seems to be even louder than before and conversation becomes almost impossible. I realise that 'planes have to come in to land and need a designated flight path but I wondered if this flight path which passes directly overhead could be widened?"

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