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Residents have been quick to respond to the Royal Borough's call to become community champions and lead the way with an innovative project that monitors and maps aircraft noise arising from aircraft landing at and taking off from Heathrow Airport.
The Royal Borough sent out a rallying call for residents bothered by aircraft noise to support its 'Raise Your Voice' campaign calling for volunteers to step forward and help implement the roll-out of the WideNoise mobile phone app which allows residents to record, monitor and log aircraft noise under Heathrow flight paths.
Already, 20 residents have expressed an interest in helping demonstrate and coordinate the project for the benefit of other members of the community affected by aircraft noise.
The first step will be to receive training from the council's public protection team and project partners from University College London at 4pm on Tuesday 23 April in Desborough 4, Town Hall, Maidenhead. The training is expected to last no more than an hour and anyone interested in the project is invited to come along and take part.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: "Once again Royal Borough residents have responded overwhelmingly to a call for help in making this important evidential tool understandable and available to those members of the community who might not be so well versed with such technology.
"I hope the community champions will help demonstrate the WideNoise app purposefully and give a greater voice and credibility to those adversely affected by excessive aircraft noise."
The initial call for community champions came at a meeting of the Aviation Forum on 28 February. This was renewed at a public meeting held at The Windsor Boys' School on 28 March to discuss aviation issues. Also in attendance was Nigel Milton, the director of policy and political relations at Heathrow Airport, who warmly welcomed the community initiative.
It is hoped the WideNoise app will encourage residents and communities to record their views through active participation so that this information can be added to the national and local debates and hopefully help influence government plans to create a new national aviation policy framework, taking fully on board the views of local people.
Cllr John Lenton, chairman of the aviation forum, said: "The application not only enables residents to get involved in dealing with an issue very close to home but also we will be able to see where the incidents and impacts occur and their relative severity, and allow subjective accounts of how aircraft noise is actually affecting borough residents by recording their own experiences."
Anyone who would like to become a community champion and help the local community use this important tool, but cannot attending the training session stated, should contact Chris Nash, environmental protection team leader, at [email protected]
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2-Jul-2013 09:24 AM
The problem of aircraft noise could be reduced for many Windsor residents if proposals for extra taxiways at Heathrow get approval, paving the way for the abandonment of the Cranford Agreement.
That's the message from the Royal Borough following the news that the airport has submitted plans to the London Borough of Hillingdon for two taxiways at the western end of the northern runway. The abandonment of the Cranford Agreement should mean residents in Windsor experiencing less noise when the airport is on easterly operations with the promise of the introduction of runway alternation affording respite and sharing of the noise burden.
However the proposed move, previously prevented by the existence of the Cranford Agreement that ended in 2010, will result in a change of flight paths that could mean more aircraft landing noise for a minority of residents living in Old Windsor, St Leonards Hill and Wraysbury areas during easterly operations. Heathrow has stated they would offer additional noise insulation to any residents severely affected by this change.
Heathrow Airport is writing to around 25,000 households affected - both negatively and positively - by these changes. Many of them are in the Royal Borough.
Residents can view the plans and comment on them at Hillingdon Borough Heathrow Application
5-Jul-2013 09:32 AM
The government has set up an independent airports commission to consider how best the UK can meet the future growth in aviation - and Royal Borough residents are encouraged to make their voices heard.
The Royal Borough - which has already responded to the impact of aircraft noise at night time upon local communities - will now be submitting its own detailed response to the Davies Airports Commission before the deadline of Friday 19 July.
Responses to the consultation documents reiterating these concerns are available on the borough's web site. Residents are also invited to make their views known before the deadline. Information on how to do so can be found here.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: "While we responded fully to the consultation on the framework we are frustrated to learn that in the published document there is a perceived lack of commitment to addressing the disturbance and annoyance that excessive aircraft noise causes to many hundreds of residents of our borough.
"We are also disappointed that there is no reference to the World Health Organisation's community noise guidelines which we believe should form the threshold of internationally accepted noise levels imposed on our communities.
"People living in Old Windsor, Datchet and Wraysbury suffer considerably but there are other areas that are also affected."
The Royal Borough has recently been active in keeping residents informed on a variety of aircraft issues, including night time flying restrictions, at public meetings and presentations. The WideNoise mobile phone app aircraft noise monitoring scheme was also launched to empower residents to record and map their experiences of aircraft noise and is being used to get up-to-date feedback from residents wherever they live in our borough.
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