MP takes up plane noise

PUBLISHED: 06:27 30 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:04 24 May 2010

PROBLEMS with noisy aircraft disturbing villages surrounding Bristol International Airport have been highlighted in parliament. Weston MP John Penrose wants to see new limits set for the amount of noise aircraft can make in the area. He has quizzed MP Ala

PROBLEMS with noisy aircraft disturbing villages surrounding Bristol International Airport have been highlighted in parliament.Weston MP John Penrose wants to see new limits set for the amount of noise aircraft can make in the area.He has quizzed MP Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, about the problems caused by peak time noise levels.Mr Penrose wants the Government to create a limit for the maximum amount of noise instead of just for the average noise levels.He said: "Earlier this year I received details from the airport on noise levels in nearby residential areas."I was concerned to see aircraft noise at Congresbury from January 2004 to January 2005 averaged 59.6 decibels."And that's just the official measurements. Government figures are averages, which means the actual level of noise when an aircraft is directly overhead could be much higher and the effect on local people would be much worse."As part of its development proposals, the airport has guaranteed there will be no increase in night flights and it will introduce penalties on airlines which use older and noisier aircraft."I'm worried that, even if there's less noise per flight, there will be more flights from bigger aircraft which will tilt the balance back the other way.

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