Hammersmith & Fulham Council is asking residents in Fulham and across the borough to help it with a ground-breaking study it has commissioned to measure and map the noise created by helicopters who use the London Heliport in Battersea.
Researchers from London South Bank University, who are undertaking the study, are looking for local residents within a three-mile radius of Battersea Park to house small noise monitors temporarily in their homes.
“Residents are too often disturbed by helicopter noise at night and we're determined to tackle it," said Cllr Ben Coleman, H&F Cabinet Member for Resident Satisfaction.
“We're asking residents to help us build a case about the impact of the noise so that we can bring some peace to the skies above Fulham and the rest of the borough.”
Fight against noise
The research is the first of its kind to be carried out in the country and will be used to find ways to reduce noise and improve the quality of life for those residents affected by helicopter flights.
The devices will record "noise energy" and will not be listening to any private household conversations - they can identify a helicopter by its unique sound profile. The equipment is unobtrusive and simple to use.
Residents living close to the heliport who have balconies and terraces overlooking the Thames are also needed to give a short-term home to some outdoor sound recording equipment.
To take part in the study and help fight helicopter noise in the borough, please contact Martin Newton, secretary to the London Heliport Consultative Group, by email, or on 020 8871 6488.