03:55AM, Wednesday 04 September 2013
Residents in Windsor and Maidenhead are to play a key part in the council’s response to an Airports Commission consultation calling for evidence and new ways of assessing the impact of excessive aircraft noise.
So far 129 residents have uploaded about 4,500 recordings of aircraft noise to the WideNoise monitoring project.
Now a computer-generated ‘noise map’ of aircraft movements over the borough will be forwarded to the commission with comments from residents who used a mobile phone app to record aircraft noise data from their homes.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said the WideNoise project, a joint initiative between the Royal Borough and University College London, needs to become part of the ‘basket of measures’ used to assess the impact of aircraft noise.
“Our residents have played an important role in the council’s submission as a result of the WideNoise aircraft noise monitoring project. WideNoise is a valuable tool in empowering those directly affected to map and assess the impact of aircraft noise.”
Cllr John Lenton, chairman of the aviation forum, added: “An accurate measure of the extent of the noise already suffered by our residents is needed so that it can be fully taken into account by the Davies Commission when it recommends where additional airport capacity should be located in the South East.”
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