Residents in an Essex city claim they are being woken up to ‘4 times a evening’ by evening flights from London Southend Airport.
Leigh-on-Sea city council issued a leaflet throughout properties in Leigh, stating its “unanimous” opposition to nighttime flights flying throughout the seaside city, following a surge of complaints.
The Council claimed they proceed to obtain quite a few complaints from residents on the controversial evening flights – with some residents claiming to wake up as typically as “4 times a evening.”
The sleep disruption, the council claimed, goes towards the NHS steering which advises six to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep for adults.
Using information from quarterly and annual studies, the council additionally pointed to a 600 per cent improve in complaints in direction of the airport following the introduction of evening flights.
London Southend Airport nevertheless continues to emphasize that they’ve all the time been compliant with the Section 106 settlement, which they underlined they agreed with the three councils.
‘Unacceptable and unsustainable’
The leaflet, written by Councillor Damien O’Boyle, added: “The council stays supportive of the airport however firmly believes it ought to search to be a ‘good neighbour’ to the encircling communities and that the influence of actions on inhabitants well being and the surroundings must be on the forefront of any planning and contractual concerns.”
Cllr Boyle then in contrast the variety of complaints per thousand passengers at Southend Airport, in comparison with different airports within the South East – in addition to Bristol Airport, a comparable measurement to Southend.
Prior to October 2019 when evening flights started, the info confirmed that complaints have been “broadly in line” with these made about different airports throughout the nation.
Cllr Boyle continued: “However, following the introduction of evening flights, the complaints then grew at a drastic fee (over 600 per cent) to the purpose whereby Southend is now essentially the most complained about airport within the cohort group.
“This is a very disturbing pattern that as councillors we discover unacceptable and unsustainable.”
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He added: “It is clear that it’s clearly inside the present of Southend Airpoirt and its homeowners Esken to return to being a ‘good neighbour’ and stopping evening flights is a urgent first step.”
The leaflet additionally outlined claimed that Leigh-on-Sea city council issued a letter to airport administration in November 2020, requesting for rapid measures to be put in place to guard residents, nevertheless, the council claimed their response provided “no tangible actions for change.”
Leigh-on-Sea added that it could proceed to press for the “pressing cessation of evening flights”.
“The airport has been and can all the time be compliant”
In response, London Southend Airport reiterated the Section 106 settlement in addition to claiming the variety of evening flights stay on common at fewer than three actions per evening.
A spokesperson for the airport mentioned: “The present Section 106 settlement, agreed with three councils, permits for restricted cargo and evening operations. In 2019-20, there have been, on common, fewer than three actions per evening, a scenario which has not modified in 2021. It additionally controls the plane varieties permitted.
“The airport has all the time been and can all the time be compliant in all respects with these controls, inside which we have now developed a cargo operation using properly over 200 native folks throughout an exceptionally difficult time.”