This summer, 3 years later, I have been getting queries from residents asking if I know anything about an increase in large low flying and noisy aircraft over our genteel suburban community. I have asked the office of our MP, Lee Scott, and this is the reply:
Lee asked me to look into the issue of the increase in aircraft flying over and near the constituency.As one resident put it, “these planes are not a figment of my imagination” and I have certainly noticed them too. OK, it’s summer and the patio doors are open, but apparently there is a new service operating from London City Airport.
The initial enquiries indicated that there had not been an increase in the number of fights but there had been a small reduction in charter fights.
The next possibility is that there had been a change in aircraft routing. Lee wrote to the National Air Traffic services to ask if this is the case. They have now replied and inform us that there has been no change to airspace or procedures over Ilford.
However, NATS point out that air traffic flows occur in accordance with changes to the direction of take off and landings at airports. This is dependent on the strength and direction of surface winds. Aircraft are also more visible and audible in clear weather.
I would think that the better 'summer' weather is the reason we are seeing more aircraft.
And on that subject, last Thursday Newham Council gave the thumbs up to an increase of 50,000 flights per year at London City Airport. That’s an increase of over 70% from the present 70,000 flights per year.
So, let’s open it up wider. Have you noticed an increase in noisy aeroplanes? Please let us know in the comments. If you are concerned about this issue and the impact it will have on your quality of life, then please write to Lee Scott, click on name for email. If you live in a neighbouring constituency you can find your MPs contact details here. Please let us know if you get a reply.