Grant funding jets in to help North Herts village monitor aircraft noise

PR Date: 
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 - 9:15am

A Parish Council in North Herts has received grant funding to help them monitor aircraft noise.

Kings Walden Parish Council received £1,500 from North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Southern Rural Committee towards the purchase of aircraft noise monitoring equipment.

The village of Breachwood Green is located directly under the flight path for London Luton Airport and noise from the aircraft can impact significantly on the daily lives of residents who live in the village and the surrounding areas.

Data from the monitoring equipment will be made available to residents and local government to view, who can use it to monitor the ongoing sound levels caused by aircraft taking off and landing at the nearby airport. Results will also be shared with the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee and local resident group LADACAN (Luton And District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise).

In the past the Parish Council has used equipment which was on loan from the airport but this funding will enable them to have their own equipment and make their own measurements.

Amanda King, Chair of Kings Walden Parish Council said: "The Parish Council is delighted to be awarded a grant towards noise monitoring equipment. Breachwood Green is directly in the Luton airport flight path and less than a mile from the runway. The ability to independently monitor noise levels will help in our work with the airport operator."

Cllr Claire Strong, Chair of the Southern Rural Committee said: “We appreciate how much noise pollution can affect our residents and it is important that it is able to be monitored in this way. The airport does help the local economy greatly, but there should be a balance between that and any significant impact from over flying planes on those who live nearby. The grant funding will now give Kings Walden Parish Council the opportunity to monitor overhead noise whenever they need to independently.”

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