Leeds Bradford Airport night flights continue to disrupt us residents - Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Richard Watson, Adel, Leeds.

Sleeping indoors in Adel and having a lie-in on Easter Sunday, with all my windows shut and with earplugs, I was furious to be woken up shortly after 6am with the sound of aircraft taking off from Leeds Bradford airport.

The same happened again recently early on a Sunday morning.

To make matters worse, I have read on the front page the Yorkshire post how the owner of airlines like Aer Lingus and others have said its earnings have soared in recent months. It has incensed me more – surely the fines which are being levied by Leeds City Council for blatant breach of planning regulations/requirements just aren’t working.

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Leeds Bradford Airport pictured in 2019. PIC: Simon HulmeLeeds Bradford Airport pictured in 2019. PIC: Simon Hulme
Leeds Bradford Airport pictured in 2019. PIC: Simon Hulme

At a local resident meeting here in Adel, I was told that as long as residents can’t hear the aircraft with their windows closed then Leeds City Council will turn a blind eye.

But for me and I’m sure for many other local residents here in Adel, and in the immediate vicinity, that is simply not the case.

The fines honestly aren’t working, so they need to be increased or other more serious causes of action should be taken, including Enforcement Notices.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell your readers about the adverse health effects as stated by the World Health Organisation concerning aircraft noise and sleep disturbance.

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I understand that the group for action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) has proved that the airport has breached the planning guidelines and Leeds City Council is fully aware of the serious negative impacts of nighttime aircraft noise on health.

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