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Helicopter Noise

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

In reference to MQ 2018/5506, what success have you had in lobbying the Civil Aviation Authority and Government to review and amend the noise regime to ensure reduced noise exposure from helicopters?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am concerned about the number of helicopters overflying London and the significant noise exposure that Londoners suffer as a result. Regrettably, my powers over the regulation of noise from helicopters are extremely limited and ultimately it is the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority and Government to drive a meaningful reduction in noise from helicopter flights. If Government were to establish a fully independent aviation noise regulator, it could be well-placed with powers to set the noise framework, monitor compliance and enforce decisions including imposing penalties.

I have called for a regulator of this type to be established on numerous occasions, most recently in my submission to the initial consultation of the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise which can be viewed on TfL’s website: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/iccan-strategy-consultation-response.pdf I will continue to call for this important change.