LETTERS: Let Gatwick be guide to Edinburgh Airport test

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There is a fundamental problem with planes on satnav; concentrated flight paths are being introduced with no research into how they affect people’s quality of life and health.

What government would inflict such torture on its people without undertaking extensive research into the health and environmental impact on those underneath such concentrated routes?

What impact do concentrated routes have on schools and the location? To inflict such a volume of constant noise, some at 2000ft, for those underneath is like being a rabbit trapped in an animal testing laboratory or perhaps a prisoner of war tortured by constant noise.

I speak from experience as Gatwick (GIP also owns Edinburgh Airport, where similar tests are being carried out) was first to do such a trial with no consultation, ADNID in February 2014, and from 6am every morning tranquil areas of West Sussex were subjected to a stream of aircraft, very low, at one-minute intervals, all day, which caused the largest number of complaints that Gatwick has had.

The consequence was the forming of Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions – CAGNE - and Gatwick changing noise complaint policy so that they now do not count all complaints - we are only allowed one a day.

The Civil Aviation Authority do not consult over introducing PRNAV (satnav for planes) and the reality is that concentrated flight paths actually affect more people as they create a wall of noise and the noise shadow from it is far greater than dispersed routes historically flown.

But as the CAA continues to count only those under the line of the flight path, the truth about the number impacted will never be known. As the chair of the CAA constantly says in her brush off letters, ‘it is not illegal’ - but perhaps depraved.

We are currently looking to the government to change policy as currently it states ‘to reduce the number significantly affected by aircraft noise’ but the reality is ‘it is hell under concentrated flight paths with no compensation and no consultation and there needs to be laws that stop the CAA and aviation from inflicting such misery on taxpayers.

Sally Pavey, Chair of CAGNE,

Warnham, West Sussex

Oil price fall is not reflected in prices

With oil prices having been at or below $50 for over a year now, is it not time that bus fares, airline tickets, taxi fares all came down?

I accept some companies buy their oil in advance, but with the price being so low for so long, the cuts should be making their way through to our pockets. Unless, of course, obscene profit making is taking place.

Perhaps the SNP First Minister might speak out - or is she too scared to flag up the collapse in the oil industry in case we all notice her case for independence is collapsing as the North Sea supply ends?

Michelle Smythe, Dalry Road, Edinburgh

Name change may aid assisted suicide

I am sorry to see that the assisted suicide bill was voted out by parliament. Perhaps the reason for this is in the name - it should perhaps be called final care, or something along those lines. We had the same problems and worries when people signed up to be organ donors.

The worry then was if I end up in hospital will they try to save my life or will they just harvest my organs? It is only now that people are accepting this is not the case and that they are not being forced into it, that its a choice you make.

I for one don’t want to get to the stage where someone has to feed me wash me or dress me. It’s about an individual view of quality of life and it is their own decisions of how they want their care to be.

After all, even today we have people who refuse blood transfusion or operation because of their beliefs and this should not be treated any different. What I do know is that if you treated a family pet in this way you would be prosecuted.

So let’s rethink the name, let’s agree it’s up to the individual what they want, that no one will be forced to die against their wishes. Let’s hold organ donation up as an example of how it would work

Mr Raymond Ross, Hutchinson Avenue, Edinburgh

Shocking treatment for Greyfriars Bobby

To save Greyfriars Bobby’s nose from tourists rubbing the statue (Letters, September 11), maybe we should put a mild yet shocking electrical current through it.

The feeling would be like the ones you experienced as a child in a field ‘to see if it’s electric or not’ (doh).

We could then stick the footage on YouTube. My guess it would go global on social media within 24 hours. Come on, Edinburgh.

James J Smith, Clermiston, Edinburgh

City room tax would not harm hoteliers

Brian Adair should get his facts correct (‘Unfair to levy another tax on hoteliers’, Letters, September 1). The city charge which it is proposed visitors to Scotland would pay to stay in hotels, would go to the City of Edinburgh Council. The hotel has nothing to do with it.

Every person visiting abroad knows this and is quite happy to pay it in the city where they are staying.

Andrew Forrest, Bellevue Road, Edinburgh