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Race track signs noise agreement

Cars racing at Brands Hatch
Owners have set up a phone line and email address for complaints.

Brands Hatch has signed a deal to reduce noise and disturbances at its events.

Owners of the race track in Longfield, Kent, drew up the deal with Sevenoaks District Council, after listening to proposals from residents groups.

The voluntary agreement sets out days and times of operation, noise limits, as well as a code of practice for tannoy use and aircraft flightpaths.

A special phone line and email address has been set up for complaints.

'Working closely'

Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of Motorsport Vision Ltd, which owns the track, said the firm was eager to create the minimum disturbance necessary.

"Whilst motor racing will inevitably create some noise, we have now finalised a very detailed management plan that will ensure noise from Brands Hatch progressively decreases in future," he said.

Robin Hales, chief executive of Sevenoaks District Council said: "By working closely with the owners of the circuit to develop its first ever noise action plan, local people will receive greater protection from noise disturbance."

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