Airfield noise laws to be revised

Revised arrangements for controlling noise from airfields were announced by the Department of Transport (DoT) on 25 March.1 They will give local authorities more statutory powers to agree and enforce noise control schemes, but the DoT has ensured that it will be able to control how extensively those powers are used.

The announcement follows a consultation exercise initiated in August 1991 (ENDS Report 199, p 31). Most of the proposals are to be proceeded with.

However, the Government has once again rejected the idea of a levy on passengers to pay for noise control measures at airfields. This was recommended by an official working party in 1990. But it was the working party's recommendation that local authorities should be given more powers to control

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