Have you noticed, above the sound of the wind and rain, an increase in aircraft noise in the past few days? Or conversely have you noticed much less noise than normal?
If you have, the reason might be a change in the way planes from City Airport are being routed. The airport has introduced new technology which makes planes fly along a much more accurate path, meaning they do not divert and so – in theory – fly over fewer houses. The flipside of that is that they fly over the same houses more often.
The changes were debated more than a year ago, though many campaigners felt there was not enough public consultation. And the more accurate flightpaths came into effect last weekend, hence the possibility of changed noise overhead.
The map below which we ran on Wansteadium in 2014 shows the difference between the two routes (plotted as accurately as we could manage). The lighter-shaded shapes show the former, larger, area which was flown over. The darker lines show the more accurate routes. (If you want to know the detail of why there are two different directions, it’s all to do with which way the planes use the runway, depending on the direction of the wind.) The clumsy “W” is Wanstead, more or less.
There is more detail in the article we ran in Nov 2014, which you can find here. And if you’ve noticed a difference either way, do get in touch.