March 8 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Representatives from Hellesdon Parish Council will meet with Norwich International Airport chiefs and helicopter operators to discuss concerns about noise from helicopters based at the airport.
The parish council has been conducting a consultation of residents living in the area around the airport in Amsterdam Way to gauge their opinions about the noise from the helicopters, many of which serve the offshore energy industry.
The survey, conducted among visitors to the council’s office, was launched after the authority received a number of complaints from residents about the noise levels.
The council has already held a meeting with representatives of Norwich International Airport (NIA) and helicopter operators to discuss the broad survey responses and put steps in place to summarise those responses, as well as considering possible solutions to the issues arising.
Resident Wendy Maxwell, who works for the charity Chill4Us and lives near the airport in Holt Road, said: “There is no problem with the airport or the helicopters flying, but what is happening is they are standing and running the helicopter engines for up to half an hour.
“Sometimes more than one helicopter at a time. The noise is unbearable.”
She said this was causing disturbance for nearby residents.
“Residents cannot open their windows from 6am when they start. This has been happening since the helicopter store opened, without letting the residents know it was to be built,” she added.
“They say a lot more helicopters are planned for the near future.”
Phil Gadd, property and contracts director with the NIA, said helicopter activity at the airport reflected the increasing importance of exploration and maintenance activities in the southern North Sea oil and gas sector as an energy supply and economic driver, adding the industry provided much direct and indirect employment.
He added: “NIA has to balance its obligations as an enabler of economic activity with those of being a good neighbour, and while there are invariably external impacts that affect some local residents, the ongoing engagement with HPC on this matter demonstrates its intentions to minimise those effects to the best of its ability.”