The Toulouse – Blagnac Airport Environmental Advisory Commission issued an opinion on Wednesday October 20, 2021 to continue the experiment. The associations are now awaiting the decision of the prefecture.
Wednesday, October 20, in the afternoon, a meeting of the Consultative Commission for the Environment (CCE) of Toulouse-Blagnac airport was held. On the agenda, a vote on whether or not to continue experimentation with new take-off trajectories for planes north of Toulouse. After lively debates, the CEC voted against extending the project. An advisory opinion which in no way formalizes the end of the experiment.
It’s not “neither a victory nor a defeat“For Jean-Marc Sanchez, president of the Daux Environnement association, but rather”a new start”. “We have to work on these trajectories in the north so that no one is harmed, by resuming things calmly. For this, it is necessary to integrate the populations upstream of the experiment and to take into account the parameters which must have changed.”
Noise pollution and atmospheric pollution
Go back. Since May 23, 2019, a modification of the flight path departing from Toulouse-Blagnac airport has been tested. The corn ? Reduce noise pollution and limit atmospheric pollution, particularly in the town of Merville. Planes are now taking off in a northwesterly direction and this change is not to everyone’s satisfaction. Daux and its some 2,000 inhabitants are now right on the path …
A few months later, residents of the town meet in association. Daux Environnement believes that local residents have been confronted with a fait accompli and would like to know the tenants and the outcomes of this experiment. “We know that we will have nuisances, but the goal is for them to be reduced as much as possible“, Advances Jean-Marc Sanchez who regrets the lack of transparency. He also believes that the theoretical data cannot correspond to the real data, in particular because of the drastic drop in air traffic during the pandemic.
All scenarios are now possible
Back to the old procedure? Maintain current experimentation? It will be up to the prefecture to make the decision. “We hope that she will leave the dialogue possible. I am confident in the ability of populations and elected officials to work together», Explains Chantal Beer-Ask of the CCNAAT (Collective against Air Nuisances of the Toulouse Agglomeration).
No nighttime “curfew”
Finally, the second part of the CCE was devoted to the assessment of the Plan for the Prevention of Noise in the Environment (PPBE). To limit the number of people confronted with nighttime noise, local residents’ associations have requested that the PPBE be registered “the possibility of studying nighttime traffic restrictions up to curfew”. The General Directorate of Civil Aviation as well as the Prefecture “vetoed discussions, according to CCNAAT, “despite the formal request of all representatives of local residents’ associations, those of the Departmental Council and some members of Toulouse Métropole”.