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VC10 roar replaced by Hercules racket
10:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Letters
Sir – I felt more than a twinge of sadness and nostalgia when I read your article (Gazette, September 25) about the last operational flight by two VC-10s from RAF Brize Norton prior to the retirement of this beautiful and iconic all-British aircraft.
In their earlier role as airliners in the 1960s and 70s my business interests took me around the world, enjoying the “VC tenderness” promised in BOAC’s adverts.
Now that the mighty roar of the VC-10s will no longer be heard we are left with the far more intrusive sounds of the prolonged ground running of the Hercules which continues to disturb residents of Brize Norton and other surrounding villages.
In the 10 years we have lived here we have never had cause to complain about aircraft noise until the arrival of the Hercules fleet.
Planners and councillors determining future housing needs must give more recognition to the fact that noise affects quality of life.
There is more than enough medical evidence to confirm the dangers of disturbed sleep patterns and West Oxfordshire District council has a responsibility to take this into account when determining where new houses will be built.
Keith Beckingham, Manor Road, Brize Norton
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