Glasgow Airport launches noise consultation
28 August 2013
Glasgow Airport has launched a public consultation on its noise action plan which sets out how the airport aims to manage and, where possible, reduce the effects of airport related noise.
The consultation period will allow local residents from communities close to the airport’s flightpath the opportunity to voice their views on the plan. The final version will be published by the end of 2013.
Glasgow Airport has made significant progress in tackling aircraft noise with a comprehensive package of measures already in place, including a Noise and Track Keeping system to monitor aircraft noise, fines for airlines that breach agreed noise thresholds, voluntary day and night time noise limits, and a freephone noise action line for concerned residents.
As a result, studies produced by the CAA show that the noise footprint around the airport has shrunk, and is now half the size it was in 1990. In practice, this means fewer households are troubled by aircraft noise, even though the airport has grown significantly over the years.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Glasgow Airport is one of the largest private sector employers in Renfrewshire, supporting over 4,500 jobs, and is a key driver of economic growth in Scotland. The connectivity we provide helps support the country’s burgeoning tourism industry and allows businesses to access and trade with important global markets.
“We recognise that operating such an important national asset comes with responsibilities, and in talking to our neighbouring communities and other stakeholders, I know that airport related noise is an important issue for some people. Managing noise effects is an integral part of how we grow the airport responsibly in a manner which balances the positive economic and social benefits of the airport and some of the more negative effects such as noise.
“We have already implemented a comprehensive package of measures which have helped reduce the airport’s noise footprint and we are committed to taking further action. I am confident that the proposals outlined in this draft noise action plan achieve the right balance – growing in a sustainable, responsible manner and enhancing the economic and social benefits of the airport. However, before we make any final decisions, we want to hear the opinions of local residents.”
There are several ways to take part in the consultation:
Download the consultation at www.glasgowairport.com/noise
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address, or call the freephone noise action line on 0800 013 2429 to request a copy
Noise Action Plan Consultation
Erskine Court, St Andrew’s Drive
Paisley, PA3 2SW
The deadline for submissions is Friday 1 November 2013