A message from Rob Light, ICCAN Head Commissioner:
“I want to send my best wishes to you and your families during this challenging and testing period. I know that everyone’s daily life is being changed in some way, and I am sure you will join me in thanking those who are striving to ensure our essential services and businesses have the supplies they need, as well as those working tirelessly to support and help people who either become unwell or are vulnerable.
“I also want to update you on what ICCAN is doing, how we are working and some changes we are making to our work programme, given the current situation.
“The first thing to say is that we’re following the Government’s advice and guidance, and that the wellbeing of our staff is our top priority. Our staff are working from home and have been holding daily meetings together via video conference to ensure that we continue to keep each other updated and support each other’s physical and mental wellbeing during this period. We also held a full Board meeting with our Commissioners last week using the technology – which went surprisingly smoothly!
“We are continuing to meet with stakeholders, using online and telephone conferencing, though you may have noticed that we have been posting less about our engagement on our social channels, as I’m sure you’ll agree is right. We will use them for key updates, and you will be still able to view our latest engagements list on our website.
“Unsurprisingly, our board meeting last week was focussed around the current pandemic, how our staff and organisation is coping and adapting, and what it means for our work. Among the many negative impacts the pandemic is having, its effect on travel and the aviation industry is one of the most stark. The global shutdown has imperilled the industry and we must be, and are, sensitive to this fact.
“In light of the current situation, we have decided to postpone the two publications we had planned for April – our opinion on metrics and toolkit on consultation under CAP1616. While the work on these has not stopped and they will be ready for release as and when it is appropriate to do so, we feel it would not be right to publish when the aviation industry has so many other issues to contend with.
“We are also continuing to progress with our other strands of work – on planning, regulation, insulation schemes, the development of a new attitudes survey and a report on wider engagement – though we are being conscious again that airports and airlines will have less bandwidth to work with us right now.
“So, we are also taking the opportunity to think about how we can ensure we are ready and best placed to play our part in planning a future aviation landscape when a more day-to-day picture emerges again. We will be using the coming months productively so that we are on the front foot at the right time, giving guidance and setting standards that will make the UK the world leader in managing aviation noise as the industry rebuilds.”