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The letter below has gone out to constituents in response to queries about what is being done to tackle the airspace changes, that have increased noise over parts of the constituency.
The focus is:
- Pressing for a consultation on, and change to, NATs Guidance on airspace strategy.
- Asking for NATs to have responsibility for the level of ground noise imposed by aircraft
- Urging the use of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) to mitigate noise
- Calling for air traffic controllers to monitor flights up to 7,000 ft, rather than just 4,000 ft.
The letter can be read in full below. Click to enlarge.
Heathrow update letter (July 2015)
Heathrow Airport and the national air traffic controller, NATS, have responded to Windsor’s MP Adam Afriyie’s criticism of noise changes in the constituency.
The airport has explained that all airports in the UK are implementing the Future Airspace Strategy that promotes performance based navigation (PBN) along standard plane departure and arrival routes. The CAA has since suggested that there may be a consultation into the changes.
Adam Afriyie met with community representatives and members of the Heathrow Noise Community Forum to discuss the effects of extra noise from Heathrow over the past year.
Mr Afriyie has responded to Heathrow’s clarification, saying:
“It’s important that residents concerned at the level of noise following recent changes continue to write in to the Civil Aviation Authority to push for a full consultation, given the level of unwanted and unexpected noise across the constituency.
“More than ever, now is the time to fight against noise from Heathrow that inflicts untold misery on local communities.
The Bow Group, an influential centre-right think tank, has published a report by the Conservative MP, Adam Afriyie, calling on the Government to reject the main recommendation of the Airports Commission.
In his report, Adam Afriyie calls for a long-term strategy for UK aviation.
In the report, titled A Confident and Forward Looking Britain Would Build an Offshore Airport, Mr Afriyie writes:
“Heathrow is not located in an area amenable to major expansion. The ludicrous plan for expansion includes the introduction of a congestion charge for people dropping off relatives at the airport, re-tunnelling the M25 (the busiest motorway in the country) to avoid the new runway, relocation of a nearby waste management plant, and restriction on flights at nearby RAF Northolt.
“If we are destined to take a short-sighted view, then an extra runway at Gatwick would certainly be a better option. Importantly, Gatwick will not place an unbearable burden on the public purse. Heathrow could cost the taxpayer anywhere between £15-20 billion.
“What happens when we need two, three or four more runways? And we will.
Today Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP for the past decade, has welcomed the Chancellor’s 2015 Budget, which has set out how the Government will eliminate the deficit and boost economic growth and employment.
The measures included a lower tax for the lower paid, a commitment to the NATO defence spending target of 2%, continuation of welfare reforms and objectives to achieve 3 million new apprenticeships and full employment by 2020.
Mr Afriyie, commented after watching the Budget:
“This Budget takes people out of state dependency and lets working people keep more of the money they earn.
“The Labour Party bred state dependency in their time in office through the use of tax credits. It was a dreadful system that meant middle and higher income families were supplicants to the state for handouts. In effect the state took your money in taxes, then repaid some of it back to you in tax credits for which you were meant to be grateful.
“This Budget begins to unpick unhealthy state dependency and allows people to re-gain control of their lives and spending choices.