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A bit of peace and quiet

Alec Samuels discusses the growing problem of noise pollution from the air, and considers the remedies available to those affected

23 August 2017

One of the most significant features treasured by lovers of the countryside is its tranquillity. Noise pollution is a curse of our time.

Military aircraft we accept as part of national defence. Commercial aircraft we accept as part of a prosperous economy. But they must comply with the flight path and flying hours rules. In Hampshire, Farnborough and Eastleigh, along with Bournemouth in neighbouring Dorset, are considerable and active airports, all well run. Increasing activity in Eastleigh, as part of the national emphasis upon developing regional airports, is causing some concern. The aviation industry claims that modern aircraft are bigger (so fewer aircraft are required), quieter, more efficient, and less polluting. The experts differ as to whether flight paths over national parks are better concentrated or better dispersed.

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