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Lockdown Skies: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Study Noise Pollution

Thursday, 30 April 2020 13:22

Lockdown Skies: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Study Noise Pollution Credit: Gurdain Bharj on Unsplash

An Aviation Noise Attitudes Survey has been launched to find out more about the impact of aircraft noise across the country and how it really affects people on a day to day basis.

Earlier this year the Network Aviation Group of CPRE (CPRE NAvG) released a report showing the need for better mapping of aircraft noise and more research to understand the impact of aircraft noise on health (http://www.cpresussex.org.uk/campaigns/gatwick/item/3069-flight-blight-the-environmental-and-social-costs-of-aviation-expansion). For the first time in a generation, our skies are full of the sounds of nature undisturbed by the noise of aircraft and the Aviation Noise Attitudes Survey hopes to gather further data during this unprecendented period. 

“During the lockdown many people have observed nature returning to towns and villages, from foxes to pheasants,” says CPRE Sussex Director, Kia Trainor. “The sound of birdsong is becoming more familiar than the sound of traffic and aircraft noise. We think that this is a golden opportunity for people to consider the impact of noise on their lives”.

“Although communities face uncertainty about what the future holds, the government are not delaying plans for the modernisation of airspace,” says Sally Pavey, CPRE Sussex Trustee. “This could see many rural areas impacted for the very first time by aircraft noise as policy seeks to limit the number of people impacted so avoiding built up areas. The process is well underway with the Civil Aviation Authority conducting the CAP 1887 consultation on the masterplan of airspace modernization during lockdown.”

The new survey is open to everyone and can be found at: 

 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cpreaviation  It will be open until 1st June 2020.

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