On a street in Hounslow, in west London, residents have to deal with the constant roar of planes flying over their homes and approaching the runway at Heathrow Airport every 45 seconds.
Myrtle Street in Feltham is beneath Heathrow’s flight path and has a reputation for being the “noisiest” in the country.
Starting as early as 6am until 11pm at night, noise levels can reach around 94 decibels. At night, this drops to around 87 decibels with fines issued for failures to comply.
Complaining about the constant noise she’s endured over the years, 73-year-old Medge Dofay said: “You never get any time off!”
The resident has lived on the street for several years and says it is “very annoying”. She added: “The worst is when you go to your back garden and want to have a relaxing time. Sometimes you feel as if it’s landing on your house!”
British Airways supplied double glazing for the windows in her home, but she claims it doesn’t work. Speaking to The Sun, she admitted: “Before, it was much better, but the last company that built the windows is no good.”
Another part of living in the neighbourhood that annoys Ms Dofay, is the constant stream of plane spotters who “lack basic manners”.
The pensioner said: “They can be incredibly annoying. They always come and block the way. Some drivers have had to go look for them as they entirely block everywhere.”
A semi-retired plumber who had to give up his car because of Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ policy is also annoyed with the jets flying above his house.
Patrick Angelo said: “I live right underneath the flight path of Heathrow yet I have to give up my vehicle because of ULEZ. Anytime the flights take off and land, it is not only the noise pollution we have to worry about, it’s also the vast amount of carbon they’re disposing on our heads.”
Although residents are critical of living on the street, house prices are at an average of £533,000 which is almost double the national average, according to Rightmove.
Senior care worker Jason George, 36, is one of the lucky few on Myrtle Road to have their entire home sound-proofed.
He says: “I don’t have any issues when I’m inside, it’s only when I come out that I get disturbed by the noise. I know there are plane-spotters all the time… I don’t personally have a problem with them, but it’s the parking that’s an issue.”