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Southampton launches action plan

Public consultations over noise

June 17, 2009


Southampton Airport has launched a 16-week public consultation programme in its efforts to manage aircraft noise over the next five years.

The airport is required to publish a Noise Action Plan as part of UK environmental regulations, and is seeking views on its draft plan until October 2, 2009. The plan with then be reviewed before being submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport by November 30, 2009.

Stewart Smith, environment and surface access manager, said: "We aim to manage the issue of aircraft noise in a pro-active and sensitive way, as we understand that for some local people it can be a real concern. Our responsibility extends beyond the airport boundary, so we want to know what people think of our draft plans for the next five years before we finalise them for submission to the government later in 2009."

The proposed plan will run for a five year period from 2010-2015, with the aim of reducing the impact of aircraft noise on the surrounding area.

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