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BAA helps 'Heathrow school' noise

Plane taking off from Heathrow
Noise is one of the biggest concerns of people living near Heathrow, BAA says

A secondary school near Heathrow Airport has been given £350,000 by airport operator BAA to install new windows to help lower noise pollution.

Churchmead School in Datchet, near Windsor, Berkshire, will get double-glazing over the Easter holidays.

BAA says noise is one of the biggest concerns of communities living near Heathrow, the world's busiest airport for international flights.

Funds are provided under the Community Buildings Noise Insulation Scheme.

Sensitive buildings

The scheme was brought in in 2006, when the government asked airport operators to expand their offer of acoustic insulation beyond residential properties.

It will initially run until 2011 - with BAA paying up to £1m a year to "particularly sensitive" community buildings that are subject to medium to high levels of aircraft noise.

Other buildings to receive grants include hospital and hospice wards and hospital theatres.

The scheme's board, including community members, decides where the money should go.

Board chairperson Mike Noakes, who is general manager of rail projects at BAA, said: "As a community-led body we are always keen to hear from those responsible for community buildings and welcome any comments on our performance."

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