Keith Taylor raises concerns over airport noise pollution

26 September 2012

27 September 2012 - Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for Sussex and the South East, attended a noise pollution event yesterday, where he raised questions on how measures can be taken to reduce airport noise pollution.

The health of 2.6 million EU citizens is currently threatened by airport noise and Keith and Green colleagues are extremely concerned about this. Speakers at the event, organised by the Greens/EFA group in the European parliament,  covered the threat airport noise poses to health, mapping of airport noise and EU legislation in this area.

A representative from the World Health Organisation explained how noise pollution can cause cognitive problems, particularly for young children, high blood pressure, hypertension and related cardiovascular problems. She also explained how noise can cause sleep disturbance, which can lead to insomnia and reduced productivity. She showed how the trends of people affected by noise pollution also tend to reflect existing inequalities across Europe.

Keith has tabled an amendment to a file on airport noise which is currently being dealt with in the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee. Keith’s amendment calls on the European Commission to review the law on noise (the Directive on ‘Operational Restrictions for Noise Reduction at Airports’) so that noise at airports is reduced and people’s health is safeguarded.  Another amendment tabled by the Greens requests new legislation on measures at airports to reduce emissions that contribute to air pollution and climate change.

Next week, Keith will be visiting resident living near Gatwick airport and representatives of Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign to hear how some of his constituents are directly affected by this problem.

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