Sutton MP calls for action on helicopter disruption

July 18, 2011 6:23 PM

Local MP Tom Brake is encouraging residents to come forward and submit their complaints about the heavy helicopter traffic over Sutton for consultation to the Department for Transport.

Tom said: "The consultation will examine the future foundations behind a greener aviation policy. However, the Department for Transport has said that it is willing to receive responses to other issues, so this is a great opportunity to raise concerns about the high levels of helicopter noise over Carshalton and Wallington."

Tom has in the past spoken out against the disruption caused by helicopters, calling on London Mayor Boris Johnson to tackle the noise over the skies of Sutton in August 2009.

In recent years, the numbers of helicopters flying over Sutton has increased substantially due to the increase in traffic in and out of the London Heliport in Battersea. Sutton lies directly beneath the route between Redhill Aerodrome and Battersea, and dozens of helicopters fly over the Borough every day.

Tom added: "The noise generated by these helicopters continually causes disruption to people's everyday lives. If we can get the concerns of local residents into the hands of the Department for Transport, hopefully we will see some long-awaited progress with this issue."

Anyone who would like to submit their views regarding the helicopters to the consultation should email info@tombrake.co.uk. Tom will then forward these views for consultation. For more information about the consultation, visit http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2011-09.

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