Rain

Rain

max temp: 26°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Stop Stansted Expansion group cautious over flights bid

18:07 18 June 2014

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport

An organisation opposing the expansion of Stansted Airport has said there must be “clear and compelling benefits” for residents before changes are made to the flight paths of departing planes.

shares

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) said affected communities must be fully engaged about the proposals.

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) announced the beginning of a consultation this week on proposals to redirect at least 52 daytime flights a day out of Stansted Airport from a southern flight path to an eastern flight path, which would take planes over north Essex.

The consultation ends on September 8.

The proposals would allow planes to ascend into the sky more quickly and avoid air traffic generated by Heathrow airport, which often forces planes travelling south to remain below 7,000 feet until they reach the Thames Estuary, or even Kent. The move would also reduce CO2 emissions, according to NATS.

However, it would result in the number of flights on the eastern route doubling, increasing noise pollution.

SSE raised concerns about the impact of this “intensification” in air traffic activity and its effect on rural areas where ambient noise was low.

SSE’s noise adviser Martin Peachey said: “For people living near Stansted and under flight paths, there would inevitably be winners and losers if these changes were to be implemented. SSE supports all efforts which reduce aircraft noise and carbon emissions in the local community, and before making its response, will be consulting its members to learn from them what they think of the proposed changes.”

A NATS spokesman said: “The ‘intensification’ of flights being referred to is in line with Government direction regarding the mitigation of overall noise impacts. Working within DfT guidance of favouring concentration over dispersal gives the best environmental outcome as it minimises the number of people overflown at low altitudes. This proposal will also result in the added benefits of reduced delay and reduced CO2 emissions.”

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

New Street, Woodbridge

An 82-year-old woman from Leiston who died yesterday following a crash in New Street, Woodbridge, has been named by police.

Dr Dan Poulter is elected with 30, 317 votes.

The impact of Scottish devolution on the rest of the United Kingdom will be scrutinised by a Suffolk MP.

PC Ali Maidment with Jasmine and Tenzin

A police officer nicknamed ‘Robocop’ for his prolific arrest rate met his match in the early hours of this morning – after being confronted by a 2ft snake.

Drink drive campaign catches 102 drivers.

Essex Police arrested 102 drivers in the county during its June campaign.

Train delay after passenger pulled communications cord.

The 2.30pm London Liverpool Street to Norwich train has been delayed after a passenger pulled the emergency cord.

Thunderstorm at Aldeburgh.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of “isolated heavy, and possibly severe, thunderstorms” and “some torrential downpours” for tomorrow.

Luke Chambers models the new Ipswich Town away kit for 2015/16.

Ipswich Town’s new away kit launches tomorrow, although supply issues will affect the amount of stock available in the youth sizes of the strip.

An accident has caused travel delays

There are still tailbacks on the A14 eastbound at Haughley after a van collided with the central reservation earlier today.

Brett O'Leary.

Other victims potentially targeted by a west Suffolk man jailed after threatening to publish photos of a naked woman he met online and a video of them having sex have been urged to come forward.

Louise Chalklen and her son Aaron have fun fun colouring an action hero book.

Hard-working, stressed out adults are turning to a new craze that is sweeping Suffolk to help them switch off and forget about the pressures of day-to-day life.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages