SNP SECURE ‘BIG WIN’ FROM UK GOVERNMENT ON NOISE POLLUTION

SNP WINS CONCESSIONS FROM UK GOVERNMENT ON INDEPENDENT AVIATION NOISE AUTHORITY

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has welcomed a ‘big win against noise pollution’ as the UK government has confirmed it will heed SNP calls and establish an Independent Aviation Noise Authority (IANA).
 
The SNP have campaigned for the establishment of an IANA since the election in 2015, holding debates and pressing Ministers. The Edinburgh airport flight path trial highlighted the failings of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The Flight path trial over Livingston showed that the CAA guidelines and the communication framework for airports to consult on flight path changes were in need of serious review, and were high profile enough for the SNP to capitalise and force the UK Government to listen.
 
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP commented:
 

“This is a big win for the SNP at Westminster and for my constituents, particularly those living in Whitecrook, and shows how effective our pressure has been on this issue. Early last year we held a debate in Westminster on the establishment of an Independent Aviation Noise Authority and have since been lobbying ministers to create this body.
 
“It is welcome news that the UK Government have listened to our calls for an Independent Aviation Noise Authority and I am pleased to hear they will be consulting on its creation. The proof of course will come with a proper Authority with real power and investment being established.
 
“It is vital that an independent body is created to ensure local communities like mine can effectively engage and have their voices heard. Equally, it’s vital that airports understand what is expected of them and have a proper framework to work within.
 

“The SNP will be submitting a formal submission to the consultation and be seeking another meeting with the Transport Minister to press the government on what powers the IANA will have and when it will be brought into operation.”