Over the last few months, my mailbag and inbox have increasingly become filled with correspondence from local people concerned about the noise from Police helicopters. Our Police have been using helicopters to monitor the frequent protests across the Two Cities. I completely understand the Police’s operational need to monitor protesters in order to keep both the wider public and protesters safe.
However, the use of helicopters to do this has led to local people being subjected to noise pollution, 7 days a week for hours on end. I completely support people’s right to protest, within public health guidelines, but it is unreasonable that protests are impacting local people’s lives in this way. With more people spending time at home rather than the workplace, more households are affected.
Back in June, I wrote to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick about helicopter noise. I made the case - in certain scenarios - for the police to use drones instead of helicopters to monitor protests. You can read my letter to the Commissioner and her response in full here. I am sure that the Commissioner is right in saying that drones currently have their limitations and that they could be part of the long-term solution to the problem as technology advances. This however does not help solve things now.
I have also now met with Policing Minister Kit Malthouse MP to discuss the issue and possible solutions alongside Felicity Buchan the MP for Kensington.
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