Gatwick publishes action plan after noise review

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Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) has published an action plan following a review into its aircraft noise.

A spokesman said it accepted all 23 recommendations the Independent Arrivals Review made in a report in January 28 which stated ‘it is clear that there is scope for the improvement of the present situation’.

A Gatwick report published today (March 31) stated some of the recommendations required discussion between GAL and stakeholders involved with further analysis and community engagement before decisions over ‘precise steps’ were implemented.

A GAL spokesman said: “Gatwick has allotted six weeks for local community feedback and to allow all those who took part in the Review to consider its proposed action plan.

“One recommendation of the Review was to put in place an independent Noise Management Board including the main aviation stakeholders and representatives of local communities.”

Bo Redeborn, who led the Arrivals Review, said: “I was very pleased by the response of all those concerned to the Arrivals Review and I am now delighted that Gatwick has announced that it will accept all of our recommendations.

“There is clearly a good deal of work to be done to bring this about and I am very pleased to have been proposed to be Chairman of the independent Noise Management Board.

“In that role, one of the first things I would be doing is to monitor how Gatwick, and the other stakeholders who contributed to this Review, implement the recommendations that have now been accepted.”

Gatwick Airport Chairman Sir Roy McNulty said: “The independent Arrivals Review has proved to be a very constructive process and I am very pleased both by the positive nature of its recommendations and by the positive reception it has received. We have published today an implementation plan for each recommendation and I believe that in aggregate these actions will make a significant difference to the noise impacts experienced by residents around the airport.

“So that the very constructive engagement established by the Review will continue in the future we are keen to establish the independent Noise Management Board it recommended as soon as possible. I think most people have been impressed by the balanced and judicious manner in which Bo conducted the Review and there seems to be strong support for the proposal that he be the first chairman of the independent Noise Management Board. Gatwick is committed to making that Board a successful and effective influence in the management of noise issues in future and we will give it whatever help it needs to make that happen.

“Gatwick has also noted the Review’s recommendation in respect of the in-house resources necessary to implement its proposals. We have already established a team to do this and will be adding further resources in the near future. Once we have assessed community feedback and any further comment from the stakeholders involved in this Review, we will be in a very good position to take swift and effective action on its recommendations.”

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