DAA Defies new Noise Control Plan
Dublin Airport Authority is defying new EU
Directives and proposed new national Noise Regulations in their proposed application
for a change in two Planning Conditions associated with the proposed new major
Runway, according to Labour Councillor Peter Coyle. He is calling on the DAA
not to proceed with their Planning Application to allow for unlimited night-time
flying. This will adversely impact on local communities and cause sleep
deprivation and is not sustainable, according to the local Councillor.
Noise Regulations 2006 required the Dublin Local Authorities to produce ‘Maps’
for noise emanating from major Industry and transport for Dublin and to draw up
action plans to reduce noise where necessary and maintain the environmental
acoustic quality where it is good. The Draft Action Plan “Relating to the
Assessment & Management of Environmental Noise” is presently on public
display in each Dublin local authority including Fingal. Fingal’s Plan is
available on the Council’s website.
Whereas Fingal Co Council is responsible for
noise management throughout the county, aircraft noise is excluded from their
control by national legislation. Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has this remit.
A major part of the Noise mapping produced in the Draft Plan relates to road
traffic noise. Here nighttime noise relates to the hours between 11.00 PM and
7.00 AM, and its impact on sleep disturbance in these critical hours.
Unfortunately the proposed action by the DAA to change two planning conditions
is totally against the objectives of the Noise Action Plan, Regulations and EU
Directive, according to Cllr Peter Coyle. These conditions, imposed when
planning permission was granted for the new major runway, are in line with best
practice in Europe, and relate to control of night-time flights and efficient
use of the runways from an environmental point of view. If the DAA have these
conditions removed, it will have a major impact for Malahide, Portmarnock,
Swords, St Margaret’s and Santry, according to Cllr Peter Coyle. He calls on
the DAA not to proceed with their application.
The Environmental Working Group, a
subcommittee of the Dublin Airport Stakeholders Forum, considered the new Draft
Action Plan on Noise Control. Cllr Peter Coyle is Chairman of this Group. Within
this Group there are some positive moves of co-operation between the Irish
Aviation Authority (IAA), the DAA, and Fingal Co Council Environmental Health
Officers to provide a better information and response system to the general
public on flight and noise control. ‘Best Practice’ guidelines in relation to
noise minimisation are being formulated between the DAA and IAA. Cllr Peter
Coyle welcomes these positive moves. However he remains critical of DAA’s move
to go against the general thrust of the new Noise Control Action Plan, and
extend night-time flying, contrary to all European best practice.