Parish council wants no night-time flying over villages to reduce airport noise
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 October 2018
Night-time flight bans and aeroplanes reaching a higher altitude before turning are some of the ideas a parish council wants Bristol Airport to implement.
The airport is seeking feedback from villagers and parish councils to control noise levels at the site for the next five years.
In its draft noise plan, the airport stated ‘no people lie within the highest noise bands assessed’ in 2016 during the day, evening or night periods, which was also the case in 2011.
Research found homes closest to Lulsgate Bottom most affected by noise have reduced in the past 10 years despite the number of aircraft movements increasing from around 66,000 in 2011 to around 74,000 in 2016.
But Cleeve, Wrington and Wraxall and Failand parish councils have voiced concerns.
Cleeve Parish Council, a prominent member of the Parish Council’s Airport Association, wants no flights to depart between 11pm-6am as the village is situated under the flight path and approximately three kilometres from the runway.
It fears the noise environment ‘is only going to get worse’ as the airport plans to cater for 12 million passengers by the mid-2020s.
A Cleeve Parish Council spokesman said: “The airport should be working towards a ban on night-time flying through a gradual reduction in night flights, particularly in the summer months when residents want to sleep with their windows open.
“Night noise is an issue within the village and the parish council has had people complaining about sleep disturbance.
“We feel flights should arrive before 11pm which is the onset of the official night time period defined by the World Health Organisation.
“Departing flights should be obliged to reach a higher altitude before turning as when flights turn north easterly, increased noise is heard.”
Wraxall and Failand Parish Council said the plan is ‘purely a desktop exercise which takes no account of the physical topology of North Somerset’.
A spokesman for the airport said: “We are very aware noise can be disturbing for people living near the airport or under the flight paths.
“This draft noise action plan sets out how we intend to control and, where possible, reduce negative impacts through closer collaboration with airlines and air navigation service providers.”
Bristol Airport has embarked on public consultations this year to establish any potential issues with its expansion plans.