|"A Victory For The Aviation Industry And A Blow For Ordinary People"|
Council Leader criticises Government plans to maintain existing night flight regime
In a consultation document released this week by the Department for Transport, the Government is proposing no change to the current night flights regime around Heathrow Airport, leaving residents with another 5 years of broken sleep. The consultation runs until 28 February 2017 and will then be reviewed by the Department for Transport. Local campaign group Stop Heathrow Expansion, which represents the communities around Heathrow, is not surprised by the proposed lack of change.
Jackie Clark-Basten, Chair of Stop Heathrow Expansion, said:
John Stewart, chair of HACAN said:
The World Health Organisation recommends 8 hours sleep per night, while physical and mental health impacts such as hypertension and depression have been linked to scheduled and unscheduled night flights .
Night flight regimes at designated airports, which include Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, are subject to review every 5 years. At Heathrow, 16 flights are permitted to land at Heathrow between 11.30pm and 6.00am, though hundreds of unscheduled flights permitted during this period, including many flights being permitted to take off well beyond midnight . The first scheduled landings take place from 4.30am. A further consultation focused on the third runway at Heathrow will be launched later this month.