Green Party defends citizens right to a quiet life

The Green Party in Northern Ireland has criticised Belfast City Council’s decision to approve an application by George Best Belfast City Airport to lift the cap on the amount of seats it can sell.

The Council’s decision will potentially increase the number of flights in and out of the airport.

Green Party NI East Belfast representative Ross Brown said: “This airport is located very close to high-density residential areas and we believe this is a very poor decision by Belfast City Council which will have a negative impact on the lives of the people of Belfast and North Down.

“Noise pollution is a blight on the lives of people living in close proximity to the airport and it has more serious effects than simply being a loud annoyance.

“The World Health Organisation has published evidence which indicates people living with noise pollution can suffer higher levels of cardiac diseases and other related health issues.

“Consultants’ reports commissioned by the airport show that 11,422 people now suffer from a level of aircraft noise deemed by the UK government to cause ‘significant community annoyance’.

“This figure has trebled since 2007.

“The Green Party commits to stand up for the rights of the people of Belfast and North Down to live a life free from significant noise annoyance and we will oppose further airport expansion for the common good.”

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