Aircraft Noise Consultation Response

My response to Fingal County Council’s public consultation on aircraft noise is here. In it, I point out that

  • there should be a general ban on night-time flights given the known health impacts of sleep disturbance by aircraft noise;
  • the noise reduction objective needs to be based on analysis not just picked from an EU-wide strategy;
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) requires that alternatives such as a general night-time ban be considered;
  • SEA also requires that the climate impact of the proposal and alternatives be considered, especially as night time aviation is generally much worse for the climate than daytime;
  • Fingal County Council, including when it acts as an Aircraft Noise Competent Authority, is required by Irish law to pursue climate objectives.

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