Survey Launched on Impact of Noise from Heliport

Wandsworth one of three councils asking residents to give their views online

A survey has been launched to find out more about the impact noise from London’s only commercial heliport is having on local people's lives.

The three boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth and Kensington and Chelsea - all members of the London Heliport Consultative Group - are working with acoustic experts from London’s South Bank University (LBSU) to monitor and assess the noise impact caused by operations at the heliport, which is just south of the Thames in Battersea, directly opposite Fulham's riverside.

As part of the study, residents are being asked to take part in this survey, giving their experiences of the heliport.

The aim is to influence policy makers to introduce new rules to curb the noise impacts caused by helicopters. The results could be used to introduce new rules to curb the disturbance caused by helicopter noise.

As well as asking residents to contribute by answering an online questionnaire, the study will also monitor noise levels in volunteers' homes.

The information will help the LSBU team produce a report in the autumn which will be shared with the three boroughs, the GLA and the Civil Aviation Authority. The goal is to resolve the problems caused by the loudest flights.

Dr Stephen Dance, who is leading the LSBU team, said: “London has only one commercial heliport, based at Battersea, which was built in 1959. But the urban landscape has changed dramatically. The result is that this vertical gateway to the city is now surrounded by housing which presents us with a noise management challenge.”

You can take part in the consultation here.

The survey runs until 31 August.


August 2, 2017