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HELICOPTER HELL: Chorleywood resident calls for action to be taken over increase in air traffic

 Published on: 20th August 2023   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

Concerns have been raised about the frequency of helicopter traffic over Chorleywood.

Resident Gregory Ayres got in touch with MyLocalNews as he is looking for answers from Three Rivers District Council (TRDC).

Having recently moved back to the area, he feels the increase in helicopter traffic is “oppressive and ultimately potentially dangerous for our community”.

He also raised concerns over the potential environmental impact on residents.

Mr Ayres contacted councillor Raj Khiroya, who represents Chorleywood South and Maple Cross Ward, to ask his and TRDC’s views and inquire as to whether any regulations could be imposed.

Cllr Khiroya responded with information provided by Denham Aerodrome, which explained that aircraft could be funnelled into the space above Chorleywood and Rickmansworth as it falls between the space occupied by Heathrow to the south and Luton Airport to the north.

Mr Ayres would like to see TRDC follow the lead of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, who were able to adjust the flight patterns for aircraft.

He said: “My suspicion is that the majority of these flights are for the convenience of the few who can afford not to deal with the M25.

“At a minimum, I would ask TRDC to gather data on these flights, and consult with the community on their view regarding the proper regulation, appropriate frequency and time of day restrictions, as well as institute air quality monitoring.”

A TRDC spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, the council has no power to regulate the air space. We would advise the resident to report his concerns to the responsible authority, the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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  1. Mike Pillow September 7th, 2023, 10:53 am

    Needs a local action group to campaign. Definitely getting worse

  2. Sam October 14th, 2023, 11:55 am

    Getting worse for sure

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