Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

MP urges Gatwick to reduce noise
25th July 2018 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
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An MP urged Gatwick Airport to take more account of complaints about aircraft noise, at a meeting in Parliament.

Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and the South Downs met the Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg and Gatwick’s chief executive, Stewart Wingate, along with representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority, the National Air Traffic Service, and a group of MPs whose constituents are affected by noise from Gatwick air traffic.

The MP raised concerns on behalf of local communities who had complained about aircraft noise. He called for ‘more engagement and serious attempts at noise mitigation’.

Earlier this month community noise groups wrote to Gatwick Airport’s deputy chairman and chief executive to say that they had ‘lost confidence in the ability of the Noise Management Board, as currently constituted and led, to deliver positive and timely change in the noise environment around Gatwick’.

A statement from Nick Herbert’s office said: ‘At the meeting in Parliament, MPs echoed this view, arguing that the current system of leaving Gatwick Airport to monitor noise issues w€as failing communities. The Minister agreed that more needed to be done to lessen the impact on local communities, and she pmmised a follow-up letter to MPs to outline the new actions being taken by the Government.

“She said that community groups should engage with the Government’s policy on airspace modernisation and its new Aviation Strategy, which is currently under development.

“The Government is committed to ensure sufficient airport capacity to meet future demand, but believes that’advances in technology, for example reducing the need for stacking, can reduce the amount of noise on the ground. The Government has also said that people who live near airports should have a greater say in the changes which affect them.”

Andy Sinclair, head of Airspace Strategy and Engagement, Gatwick Airport, said “We recognise that noise from aircraft has an impact on local communities and we will continue to do everything we can and listen to feedback to help improve the lives of people affected by noise.

“The CAA recently confirmed that Gatwick’s noise footprint has shrunk largely thanks to an Noise Management Board initiative to modify the A320 family of aircraft so they make less noise.

Another NMB initiative also recently changed where some aircraft start their final approach to the runway, which reduced the previous concentration of noise and dispersed them in a more fair and equitable way.

“A range of other NMB initiatives with the potential to reduce noise even further are also in progress and we look forward to discussing how these can be progressed, including with locally elected representatives and community groups, in the near future.”

CCVS – Join in Crawley

A message from Charis Easter (Crawley Community & Voluntary Service)

Dear Member,

A Special event for those aged 60 and over …

I would like to invite you to ‘Join in Crawley’ on Wednesday 8th August, 10am – 1pm at The Hawth Theatre. There will be information stalls and taster sessions such as Tai Chi, Seated Exercise and Walking Football to name a few.

  • Find out what low cost activities you can take up locally
  • Come alone or bring along someone you know
  • We’ll have information stands and taster sessions on how to keep active and involved no matter what your mobility
  • Pop along for a cup of tea and a chat
  • Challenge us to find something you enjoy doing

So pop along and join us for a cup of tea and a chat and challenge us to find something you enjoy doing!

Best wishes, Charis

Charis Easter
Membership Engagement Officer

Crawley Community & Voluntary Service
The Orchard
1-2 Gleneagles Court
Brighton Road
RH10 6AD
Charity Number: 1094699
Company Number: 4488714

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CCVS member helpline phone 01293 657162: Available 10am – 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

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Sussex Police – Public Information

Sussex Police Holiday Advice
23rd July 2018

While you are away on holiday, your home could be at a greater risk of being broken into

We would like to offer some tips to help you make your home more secure and to reduce this risk whilst you are away.

  • Make your home look occupied by asking a trusted relative, neighbour or friend to check your home, collect mail, water plants and to park their car on your drive etc.
  • Consider using the Royal Mail’s “Keep Safe” service – They will keep your mail for up to two months while you’re away.
  • Don’t leave curtains closed in the daytime as this shows the house is empty.
  • Use automatic timer switches to turn your lights on when it is dark.
  • Cancel regular deliveries such as newspapers and milk.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans publically on social media or where you may be overheard by strangers.
  • Cut your lawn before you go.
  • Consider leaving important documents and valuable items with other family members, a bank or in a safe.
  • Consider leaving valuable items kept in your shed in the house.
  • Put all your tools, including ladders, away so they can’t be used to break into your house.
  • Don’t forget to lock all external doors and windows removing and hiding keys.
  • And finally lock/padlock any external gates and set the burglar alarm if you have one

If something is stolen report it to us online at website or by calling phone 101. Call phone 999 if the crime is happening now.

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