Airport plans to establish a new Noise Management Board and is investing in new noise managment software for the public
Edinburgh Airport has announced the appointment of a full time noise advisor and outlined plans for the creation of an independent Noise Management Board (NMB) that will deliver closer working relations with the airport’s neighbouring communities.
It has recruited June McClung, an associate member of the Institute of Acoustics and former environmental health technical officer at Falkirk Council, following what the airport has described as a highly competitive selection process.
McClung joins the airport as environmental noise advisor and will lead on the airport’s management of its noise impact.
Her role will include handling noise complaints, reviewing noise policy, proactive liaison with communities and noise groups and the creation of an independent NMB.
She will sit on the independent NMB, which will provide a forum to make sure communities are involved, engaged and informed through open dialogue and clear data will comprise community representatives, the airport and other relevant organisations.
The NMB will work collaboratively to develop improvements to noise and track keeping performance, setting and monitoring noise targets. The airport says it will consult in the coming weeks on its structure, governance and funding.
New software is also being commissioned to deliver greater measurement accuracy and provide real time tracking and noise measurements for members of the public.
The software will enable members of the public to identify flights in the vicinity and more accurately identify and, if necessary, report any issues they may have.
Gordon Robertson, Edinburgh Airport’s director of communications, said: “We are delighted to welcome June to the Edinburgh Airport team. Her expertise and experience of noise management will assist us in our continual improvement on managing and mitigating our impact on local communities.
“We have already done the preparatory work for establishing a Noise Management Board. This will form a key part of the airport’s wider engagement involving the airport, its neighbours and partners to ensure communities are involved and informed through open dialogue and clear data.
“We care deeply about our local relationships as we are local ourselves – a great number of the people who benefit from the 23,000 jobs that Edinburgh Airport supports live near the airport.
“As we continue to grow by offering greater direct international connectivity to and from Scotland we are committed to doing all we can to be transparent and collaborative with the communities impacted on the airport.”