The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are undertaking a review of aircraft noise and now's your chance to let your views be heard. 

Please follow the link below.  The closing date is 5 January 2018.

Are you affected by noise from planes using Luton Airport?

Did you know that Luton Airport has recently revised its flight path, and many people's houses sit close by or underneath?

Did you know that Luton Airport is in the midst of an aggressive expansion campaign – with a 50% increase in the number of flights anticipated by 2020?

Why the sudden increase in aeroplane noise?

In late 2015, Luton Airport launched a revised flight path utilising RNAV technology. RNAV enables the departing aeroplanes to track a much narrower band, which is directly above parts of North St Albans, Jersey Farm and Sandridge.

Previously, such areas were subjected to occasional aircraft noise, however, since the implementation of RNAV and the growth of Luton airport, noise in these areas has, and will, become part of daily life.

The prevailing Westerly wind means that aircraft fly this revised route approximately 75-85% of the time. When the wind is in the other direction, however, you may notice fewer flights. .

Living under a flightpath

The implications of living under a flight path are well documented and can be life-changing:

  • Stress and mental issues caused by the noise
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease (as reported by the British Medical Journal)
  • Respiratory and other illnesses due to increased exposure to air pollution
  • Depreciation in the value of your home .

Stay informed – join STAQS

Sign up to STAQS!  St Albans Quieter Skies (STAQS) is a campaign group representing residents of Sandridge, Jersey Farm, Marshalswick, North St Albans and Wheathampstead.

Chaired by Sharon Hollingsworth, the group has held a number of recent meetings researching why the area has become so badly affected by the issue, and exploring options that might provide some relief in the future.

STAQS was recently accepted as a member of the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee (LLACC) and is seeking input from local residents.

If you are affected by the noise you are invited to join STAQS:

Please ensure you share this information with your neighbours. Failing to act now could see St Albans blighted by aeroplane noise and pollution for years to come. Remember, if you are disturbed by a noisy plane, complain! .