HUNDREDS of Whitecrook residents are to have quieter lives as Glasgow Airport has published its finalised noise action plan.

The five-year scheme will see noise insulation as well as a flight tracking tool given to residents for aircraft movements.

But campaigners and Clydebank’s MSP have vowed to keep fighting for more homes to be covered and significantly lower thresholds for noise levels.

They argue World Health Organisation (WHO) research proves the risk to health and more needs to be done, particularly on night flights.

The noise action plan went out for consultation earlier this year and Glasgow Airport boasted its measures to mitigate noise for a “significantly-higher number of residents”.

Airport bosses created a noise contours map based on averages over 16 hours a day in the summer of planes going over the area - and silent periods. Campaigners argue these averages are too low and hide the true scale of the biggest and loudest disruption as well as night flights.

The airport concluded there were just 100 people living on either side of the Clyde at a 65dB noise level based on an annual average per density of population.

But in October, the WHO recommended noise levels below 45dB “as aircraft noise above this level is associated with adverse health effects”.

The WHO also warned noise at night needed to be below 40dB to avoid “adverse effects on sleep”.

Tens of thousands of homes would be up for insulation if the lower figures were used.

MSP Gil Paterson, who backed testing of noise insulation to prove it would work, praised the relentless campaigning in Whitecrook of Tam Brady and Joe Henry on the issue. And he vowed to continue pushing. He said Westminster needed to enact the lower noise standards to force Glasgow Airport to act.

He told the Post: “I agree with the WHO threshold, not the arbitrary figures from politicians.

“The airport are doing everything that the law says they have to. I have got to convince the people in power that if the WHO is saying this is causing illness, then we need to get our act together and reduce thresholds set by government.

“Tam and Joe are local heroes and civic leaders. It’s been a hard fight and I’m looking forward to the insulation happening - it’s going to benefit people who have been affected. We have done a good thing here for our community - let’s get more.

“I’m over the moon we have got it to this level, but not over the moon about what we still have to get done. We will not stop until effective action is taken.”

Mr Brady told the Post: “We have been exposed to this noise for so long and people have been complaining in Whitecrook and now the WHO has produced real evidence of the serious health effects.

“Whether you’re sleeping or awake, this noise effects your health - your physical and your mental health.”

Glasgow Airport managing director Mark Johnston said they appreciated noise was an important issue.

The “Web Trak” online tool allows residents to check which flights are going over their homes.

Mr Johnston said: “Managing noise responsibly is not only an important part of our day-to-day operation, it also vital in making sure the airport is able to grow but in a manner that continues to balance the positive economic and social benefits our connectively ensures with some of the more negative effects such as noise.

“The feedback we received during the public consultation from local communities proved invaluable in shaping the Noise Action Plan, which I’m pleased to announce will include an enhanced Noise Insulation Policy that well benefit hundreds of households locally and our new WebTrak online flight-tracking system which is accessible via the Glasgow Airport website.”

John Bynorth, with environmental charity Environmental Protection Scotland (EPS), called the Web Trak system “forward thinking”.

He said: “It will allow them to find out the details of a particular flight so they can establish how regularly it uses a particular trajectory and the decibel levels caused by that aircraft close to their home.”