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In a joint letter to the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, The Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN) and Heathrow Airport have supported the need for an Independent Aviation Noise Authority (IANA).
The establishment of a noise authority was first proposed by the Airports Commission in its final report. The Government has since said it supports the introduction of the IANA. There will be a consultation about its role and scope in the new year.
The two organisations share the view that the IANA’s main roles should be to provide an impartial source of expert advice on noise, coordinate independent research, adjudicate on noise complaints that can’t be managed locally and ensure that communities have access to information about noise and how airports are managing issues.
Heathrow’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said:
“We want to be a good neighbour, and reduce the impact of aircraft noise on our local communities – something on which we agree with HACAN. An independent aviation noise authority has an important role to play in building trust that we are meeting our commitments.”
HACAN is a campaign group that works to preserve the quality of life for those living around Heathrow airport in the UKChair of HACAN, John Stewart, said:
“It is well-known we don’t agree with Heathrow on everything but on this issue we are speaking with one voice. A strong, independent noise authority can bring reassurance to local communities but can also encourage airports to take their noise responsibilities seriously.”