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Hercules testing noise keeps me awake
10:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Letters
Sir – I was interested to read Keith Beckingham’s letter (Gazette, October 2) about engine ground runs at RAF Brize Norton.
Since May I have been in a constant battle with them over this. Don’t misunderstand me: as I made clear in my correspondence and phone conversations, I wholly support the wonderful work our lads do in Afghanistan, etc.
But a letter from Group Captain Cole states: “The intervening ground running will be restricted to only when necessary and the noise aimed at terminal building.”
Some nights, engine runs go on until 1.30-1.45am.
I have a CPAP machine at night to assist breathing. The engines can clearly be heard above the gentle noise my machine makes. I wear a hearing aid, which tells you my hearing is not great.
I was told all flying, etc, is meant to cease at 11pm. So why do these blinking engines disturb us all until 1.30am?
The noise, as Mr Beckingham says, is intrusive and to my mind anti-social at that time of night – my friend goes off to work at a quarter to seven with matchsticks under her eyes. She has complained many times.
The past two nights have been drone-free – bliss. Last week, it was Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday until 1.30am.
I hope a solution will be found. It has been driving me crazy since May.
Dorothy Holloway, Wenrisc Drive, Minster Lovell
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