In February of this year Stansted airport changed its flightpath usage.
The result is that planes, which previously headed south on the ‘Dover’ route, were moved to the ‘Clacton’ route, which passes over the Parish of Felsted. This has resulted in a massive increase in noise disturbance in the Parish and a ten fold increase in complaints logged against Stansted airport.
Read our earlier news items here for more background.
There is a review of this flightpath change in February 2017. The airport are currently gathering views and opinions from residents to feed into the review.
On Tuesday 15 November, at 4-8pm, in the Felsted Memorial Hall, Braintree Rd, CM6 3DS, Stansted airport is holding a drop-in session, in partnership with the National Air Traffic Services (NATS), to discuss residents’ concerns and share further information regarding airspace changes.
It is important to remember that the airport is currently operating at half capacity and is about to submit a planning application to build a new terminal building. Noise disturbance will inevitably get even worse as flights increase, unless we make our voices heard, by calling to have the changes reversed, and have measures introduced to reduce disturbance.
Whilst you might be thinking that noise levels have reduced in the last few weeks, this is because Stansted is in its quieter winter schedule.
Your council is doing all it can. We have worked with Stebbing and High Easter Parish councils, to secure a letter from Uttlesford District Council, calling for the flightpath changes to be reversed. We have also attended a Stansted Airport Consultation Committee (STACC) meeting to request the same from them.
It is vitally important that you, as Parish residents, now take this opportunity to speak directly with representatives from Stansted airport and have your say.
Do not miss this opportunity.
For more information please contact Cllr Andy Bennett
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