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West London residents urged to take part in heliport noise survey

Residents from three boroughs are being asked to have their say on London Heliport in Battersea before the August 31 deadline

A survey inviting residents to have their say on the noise caused by London’s only commercial heliport ends this month.

Residents in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Wandsworth are being encouraged to take part in the questionnaire on the impact of the London Heliport, based in Battersea.

Acoustic experts from London’s South Bank University (LSBU) are carrying out the survey in conjunction with the three boroughs.

A helicopter leaving Battersea Heliport(Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The heliport is largely used by sightseeing tours and the business community, and currently permits 12,000 flights annually.

Following analysis of the survey, a report will be produced in autumn to be presented to the three boroughs, plus the Greater London Authority and Civil Aviation Authority, assessing the results in relation to relevant policies.

Dr Stephen Dance, a reader in acoustics at LSBU’s School of Built Environment and Architecture, said: “The heliport at Battersea was built in 1959, when the urban landscape was dramatically different.

“The result is that this vertical gateway to the city is now surrounded by housing, which presents us with a noise management challenge.”

The study will be used will be used to find ways to potentially reduce noise and improve the quality of life for residents affected by helicopter flights(Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Dr Luis Gomez-Agustina, lecturer and researcher at the LSBU Acoustics Group, added: “This is the first time since the heliport started operations that a complete objective and subjective study on the noise emissions and their impact is going to be undertaken.

“Results from the study will be crucial in shaping the future of the heliport operation and improving the wellbeing of local residents.”

The online survey can be found here and runs until August 31.

To request a paper copy of the survey, email gomezagl@lsbu.ac.uk

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