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Locals want airlines to pay £184,000 noise bill

15.01.07

Residents in one of Scotland's noisiest streets have called for noisy airlines to be hit with a £184,000 bill, the Sunday Mail reports

The 130 locals in John Knox Street, Whitecrook, Clydebank, are directly under the flightpath of planes landing at Glasgow Airport's runway. After years of 265 planes every day, they demanded West Dunbartonshire council set up a special listening device.

The findings from the device show that 184 flights between July and October last year breached government decibel noise limits. Some reached 112 decibels. Flights into the airport are only allowed to reach 94 during the day and 87 at night.

Airlines can be fined up to £1000 for planes more than 3 decibels above permitted levels and Whitecrook residents are now demanding compensation from the BAA, Glasgow Airport's owners, in a bid to shut out the noise with triple glazing and state-of-the-art sound proofing.

A council spokesman told the newspaper: 'We will be contacting Glasgow Airport to ask them to fine airlines who have broken the rules and give the money to the local community. Unfortunately we have no powers to force them to do this.'

Glasgow Airport said they would be meeting with the council. Spokesman Donald Morrison said: 'We are doing everything possible to reduce noise levels. However, we would be surprised if the number of breaches were anything as high as is being recorded by the council.'

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