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Noise fears for chopper base

PUBLISHED: 16:54 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010

RESIDENTS fear moving a police helicopter base to an airport near their homes will cause noise pollution. The Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit (MPSU) has approached Bromley council, who own Biggin Hill Airport, to discuss the possibility of operatin

RESIDENTS fear moving a police helicopter base to an airport near their homes will cause noise pollution.

The Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit (MPSU) has approached Bromley council, who own Biggin Hill Airport, to discuss the possibility of operating police helicopters 24-hours a day from the historical airfield.

Petts Wood resident, Peter Cocker, of Manor Way, said: "It's very worrying. Our main concerns are noise. Police helicopters will be flying all day and night on emergencies. If you have a helicopter over your house it can shake the whole thing.

"They will be taking off and going as quickly as possible which means flying at a low level. It will be extremely disturbing As far as I know the police already have a perfectly good base in Essex.

"Biggin Hill is unique in that it is owned by the taxpayer and so we feel we should have a say in it."

The MPSU currently have their permanent base in Essex but use Biggin Hill for refuelling. A formal planning application has not been submitted but at a council meeting on October 7, council leader Stephen Carr admitted 'informal' talks had gone on.

A spokesperson from Biggin Hill Airport Limited (BHAL) said: "BHAL has not been approached formally by the council or the police and will continue to operate in the same way with police helicopters refuelling during normal operating hours.

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