Following a public meeting on Monday with over 1,000 constituents and representatives from Heathrow Airports Ltd, Adam Afriyie the MP for Windsor has called the early end to flight trials a “triumph of people power.”
Heathrow Airports Ltd has already agreed to end its trials early in November. At the meeting, Mark Swan of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) raised the possibility of bringing the trials to an even earlier end. He also committed Heathrow to releasing all their data openly on their website so that residents would know the outcome of the trials.
Adam Afriyie commented:
“In our decade-long fight against aircraft noise increasing and spreading wider and further afield from Heathrow, this is another victory for active councillors and residents
“We are used to hearing aircraft noise when we live in houses under the existing flight paths, like my own home in Old Windsor, but it is completely unacceptable to have sudden changes that increase noise disturbance without proper consultation and warning. It’s all too easy to remain silent when confronted with new threats but it is the active reporting of noise disturbance, petition signing and letter writing that has got the message through to Heathrow: enough is enough
Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that unemployment in the Windsor constituency is now at just 1%, among the lowest of anywhere in the country.
In the past year, there has been a drop of 40% in claimants of unemployment benefits and a drop of 56% in long-term unemployment benefit claimants.
Mr Afriyie, the MP for Windsor commented:
“This is not just another great set of statistics, it means that thousands more people are now off benefits and in work gaining useful skills and experience and incomes for their families.
“For those who are struggling to get by, a job is an absolute lifeline and every new job is a cause for celebration and it’s just wonderful to see less than a hundred young people relying on unemployment benefits in the local area.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, last night attended a public meeting in Ascot with well over 1,000 people from the local area as well as representatives of Heathrow.
Recently, Heathrow agreed to bring flight path trials to an early end following sustained pressure from local authorities and communities.
During the meeting, Adam Afriyie said how proud he was to represent such proactive and passionate constituents.
After the meeting, Mr Afriyie said:
“The recent flight trials have rightly provoked serious frustration among those of us in the Windsor constituency. Residents made these views patently clear to Heathrow representatives in the meeting. There was not sufficient warning and this is unacceptable.
“The current flight trials are now due to end well ahead of schedule, in November. This is a big win for those of us in Windsor, Warfield, Binfield, Ascot, Sunninghill, Sunningdale and across the constituency.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has praised local residents for their victory in ending the Heathrow flight paths trials ahead of schedule.
Following the news that Heathrow is planning to end its flight path trials over Ascot, Windsor and Binfield ahead of schedule, Mr Afriyie emphasised that the fight was not over and that all residents must make their voices heard to ensure that the Windsor constituency would not be affected by flight path trials or the proposed Third Runway.
Adam Afriyie said:
“It’s a relief for me, and I’m sure for other Windsor residents, to hear that the Heathrow’s flight path trials will be coming to an end earlier than planned, on the 12th November.
“It’s a victory for common sense and for the many constituents who have been left angry and frustrated by these trials.
Adam Afriyie today welcomed the Council’s decision to oppose further Heathrow expansion, supporting Gatwick as the best short-term solution to flight capacity issues.
Adam Afriyie also restated his serious concern about the Heathrow flightpath trials currently taking place over the constituency.
Mr. Afriyie confirmed that he was in the process of writing directly to the Secretary of State, and urged Heathrow to find a solution acceptable to the local community.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:
“It is patently clear that thousands of people are being disturbed by the flightpath trials currently taking place across Windsor, Ascot and elsewhere. Residents feel they have not been given sufficient warning and are angry that Heathrow has started these trials without proper consultation. My concern is that this could be a sign of things to come for those affected if the third runway goes ahead.