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Southend Airport: Noise Pollution

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent representations he has received on aircraft noise at Southend Airport; what response he gave; and if he will make a statement. (313152)

No recent representations have been received. However in compliance with EU requirements, Southend airport —in common with other major airports—is preparing a noise action plan in consultation with local communities. The development of the action plans provides a key opportunity for local consultation on noise issues.

The airport is currently conducting a public consultation on the draft plan. This consultation closes on 9 February. The airport will then consider consultation responses before submitting a final draft plan to the Secretaries of State for Transport and for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for consideration for formal adoption.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research his Department has commissioned on levels of noise pollution in the area surrounding Southend airport in the last three years. (313153)

No research relating to noise pollution and Southend airport has been commissioned by the Department for Transport in the last three years.