Representatives from Hellesdon Parish Council will meet with Norwich International Airport chiefs and helicopter operators to discuss concerns about noise from helicopters based at the airport.

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The parish council has been conducting a consultation of residents living in the area around the airport in Amsterdam Way to gauge their opinions about the noise from the helicopters, many of which serve the offshore energy industry.

The survey, conducted among visitors to the council’s office, was launched after the authority received a number of complaints from residents about the noise levels.

The council has already held a meeting with representatives of Norwich International Airport (NIA) and helicopter operators to discuss the broad survey responses and put steps in place to summarise those responses, as well as considering possible solutions to the issues arising.

Resident Wendy Maxwell, 
who works for the charity Chill4Us and lives near the airport in Holt Road, said: “There is no problem with the airport or the helicopters flying, but what is happening is they are standing and running the helicopter engines for up to half an hour.

“Sometimes more than one helicopter at a time. The noise is unbearable.”

She said this was causing disturbance for nearby residents.

“Residents cannot open their windows from 6am when they start. This has been happening since the helicopter store opened, without letting the residents know it was to be built,” she added.

“They say a lot more helicopters are planned for the near future.”

Phil Gadd, property and contracts director with the NIA, said helicopter activity at the airport reflected the increasing importance of exploration and maintenance activities in the southern North Sea oil and gas sector as an energy supply and economic driver, adding the industry provided much direct and indirect employment.

He added: “NIA has to balance its obligations as an enabler of economic activity with those of being a good neighbour, and while there are invariably external impacts that affect some local residents, the ongoing engagement with HPC on this matter demonstrates its intentions to minimise those effects to the best of its ability.”

25 comments

  • Fatso-short memory or a move in? Caister heliport was Ride of the Valkyries central back in the day and the Yarmouth hotels and taxis did good business out of them. The companies thought they needed to be in a smarter place, better facilities, closer to connecting flights. But in reality it probably isnt that much more convenient for anyone other than KLM users. I love the smell of kerosene in the morning...

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • As others have suggested as well the obvious answer is to move to ex RAF Coltishall - longer runway (so safer as well as wider range of destinations being possible), clear approaches, less homes in the noise footprint (and less noise than when Jaguars were using the place), and close to both the NDR and railway at Worstead. The costs could easlily be met by developing the existing Norwich Airport for housing and industry - too sensible? Too many vested interests?

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    JB

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I asked Spixworth parish council to help with this and they woul not even return my corespndence. The helicopters flew directly over my home at low altitude which they were not supposed to do and still the parish did nothing. So I moved and I am very happy now.

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    Panic

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • 'Spark' at the risk of repeating myself why not move back to Caister Heliport.

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    DukDad

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • We will be the poorer if we can't sustain a meaningful and growing Regional Airport in Norwich. The Energy Industry is a 24 hour operation so personnel and things may need shifting. Do Hellesdon Parish Council understand the importance of the Airport to the local economy?

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    Mick Castle

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • its always the same the odd moaning old gits that have nothing better else to do, common sense live next to an airport then get over yourself and except the noise if not then move SIMPLE. I live in north walsham and we still have it here the handfull of moaners that have nothing else to go i mean come on a couple of times a day for a few seconds whoopy dooooooooo what they suppose to do cut the engine?? GET OVER YOURSELFS JESUS whats this world coming to .

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    g-dog

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Bring them back to Caister Heliport. The flightpath into there shouldn't affect many people. Could mean more jobs for Yarmouth.

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    DukDad

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I agree with DukDad, it's crazy when they can land at Caistor, you have to wonder what financial are being offered for them to bypass Caistor in favour of Norwich?

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    Old Long Balls

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Why is it impossible to post these days!! Bring them back to Caister where people still value the business.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Bring them back to Caister Heliport. The flightpath into there shouldn't affect many people. Could mean more jobs for Yarmouth.

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    DukDad

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Living straight across the road from the airport and working from home I can honestly say I have noticed one helicopter in the past year! This is crazy!! You expect to hear them when you live close to an airport or in the fly path - its like living next to a road and moaning about hearing cars!!

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    Anonymous

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I live the airport end of Cromer Road and the noise isn't as bad as being made out. The only time we really notice it is in the conservatory and it never lasts upto half an hour. I've lived there 3 years and accept that the airport was there before I was even born so if the noise bothered me that much, I'd move.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • If the helicopter trade left Norwich the airport would probably no longer make a profit. These days it is an oilfield support base. I don't think the management care about trying to entice passenger traffic. Can anyone tell me if the offshore workers pay the departure tax?

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • People who keep saying "move them back to Caister" need to do some homework, majority of flights from Norwich have always operated from Norwich, flights from Caister still operate from Caister and have not moved. Caister airport would not be large enough, it is a small airfield, not a major airport. Residents of Caister have been moaning for years the same as those around Norwich. It is an International airport, expect noise while flights are in operation, you choose to live there and no doubt you would all be up in arms if the airport closed and suddenly all your rates were doubled to compensate for the lost revenue the airport generates. As for Coltishall, as numerous people have said, the infrastructure doesn't exist and it would not be a viable proposition. If the noise bothers you that much then do something about it, move, I am right under the flight path and it causes very little disruption, actually quite refreshing to hear we have a thriving industry on our doorstep which should be built on. Be interesting to see how many of the complainers are "them foreigners who moved up here".

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    Mr T

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Why would anyone who does not like noise choose to live near an airport. I seem to remember that some people built houses near the old Firs speedway track and then complained about the noise. The old RAF Horsham St Faiths was there seventy odd years ago, so anyone who has moved into the area in that time has no room to complain about any noise from the airfield. It was there before you, you knew it was an airfield and there would be noise, so why are you complaining??

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    canuk

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Would there be any chance that the EDP copuld let us know how long the complainants have been living there ?. I bet they are nearly all incomers, trying to change things to suit themselves

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    "V"

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Wendy Maxwell seems to be liberal with the facts. The helicopters don't start until 7am. The 6.30 KLM is a lot louder on take off. The helicopter store, otherwise known as the Saxonair hangar was built after completing the legal requirements of the planning application. The local residents knew about it. I was in Great Yarmouth and knew. The noise is within the legal limits and if she has a problem, then she should contact environmental health instead of the papers.

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    Justin Case

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • It's about time people spoke up about the noise. You can hear these loud helicopters gradually creeping up on you from miles away . This can be a daily intrusion in peoples lives causing anxiety & stress leading to potential illness. Why pilots persist in flying over built up areas including many towns especially in NE Norfolk is beyond me . Potentially an accident waiting to happen. This is a well paid industry ,surely a helicopter base on the coast would be a sensible option with all the increase in offshore activity.

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    spark

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Really Kathyanne? Put up with it for 19 years? I lived in Spixworth too, for 18 years, guess that extra year made all the difference as I never noticed it. Then moved to Horsford for 8 years and again it wasn't that bad. Always lived near to the airport and people greatly exaggerate the noise. Could be worse, it could be a busy airport like Stansted or Luton.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I can't imagine that it will be any worse than the noise from the military aircraft which constantly fly over south Norwich.

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    blue tractor

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I feel sorry for NIA. They, one would assume, are doing their commercial best for the airport and by providing local employment in exploring avenues of income. Yet you get people who move into the area and blatantly whinge about noise. The answer is simple - move. I even had to sit in a council meeting in Hellesdon and listen to some loony rant on about how the roof of his mobile home had been damaged by "sonic shock waves" from overhead helicopters from Norwich airport. I honestly didn't know if I should glaze over or laugh. Kind of sums up really the mentality of the few who moan really.

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    Urbancommander

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • If the helicopter trade left Norwich the airport would probably no longer make a profit. These days it is an oilfield support base. I don't think the management care about trying to entice passenger traffic. Can anyone tell me if the offshore workers pay the departure tax?

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • lets be honest what you gonna do if you have a heart attack and require the air ambulance ( that now fly at night) does that give me the right to moan about the noise???

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    g-dog

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Buy a house near an airport and then complain about the noise! Get real!!

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • There is a real noise problem with these helicopters which everyone seems to be in denial about. We moved home from spixworth after 19 yrs because of the racket I recorded flights as was suggested by the airport every hour flying very low over our house & reported it regulary sometimes it was every 15 mins I went to see my MP and he said move house it's only going to get worse and he was right thank god we did

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    Kathyanne

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

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