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Are military jets too noisy over Norfolk or not? How do you feel?

PUBLISHED: 16:44 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:44 22 March 2018

Are military jets too noisy? RAF Tornado GR4. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Are military jets too noisy? RAF Tornado GR4. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

It’s a debate that elicits passionate opinions on both sides.

Do you get fed up with the constant noise from military aircraft in north Norfolk? Or are you quite happy to suffer the inconvenience knowing the pilots are practising to keep us all safe?

One North Walsham man is so fed up with the noise he is thinking of moving house.

Gary Meredith said: “I don’t know if I’m the only one who thinks this is completely wrong but I’ve noticed the noise from military aircraft over north Norfolk has become almost unbearable of late.

“Since January, the noise from military jet aircraft has been the worst I have ever experienced.

“It has got to a point where I don’t think I can bear to live here anymore. Is no one else bothered by this almost continuous, oppressive disturbance?”

His views were echoed by many on social media, when we put the question, including Nicola Lamb who said: “They fly over Upper Sheringham on a regular basis. They fly so incredibly low and for what seems such a long period of time. I also work from home and it can be very distracting.”

Zoie Taylor added: “During daytime doesn’t bother me too much but when they fly late at night, after 10pm, I just want them to go away.”

And Paul Jones said: “During the day it’s fine but night is a pain.”

However, just as many people were glad to hear the planes.

Bev Davies said: “If they didn’t keep practise flying they wouldn’t be ready if they were needed in our defence. It’s all to keep us all safe, surely.”

And Bethany Lisa Clapham said: “They need to train so it’s gotta be done.”

Meanwhile, Cath Cushion said: “They have to practise - without them this country might as well lay down and give up.”

An Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “Low flying is an essential part of operational military training, the MOD understands that it can be noisy and unpopular but strives to ensure that any disturbance is kept to an absolute minimum and spread as evenly as possible throughout the UK.”


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