Heathrow expansion plans 'concern' town's MP

Heathrow expansion plans 'concern' town's MP

Justin Burns

Heathrow expansion plans 'concern' town's MP
Windsor MP Adam Afriyie

Expansion plans suggested for Heathrow Airport that could see the number of night-time flights over Windsor doubled are 'concerning' the town's MP.

Adam Afriyie, who lives in Old Windsor, is urging householders to make their views known in the government's consultation on night-time flying and expansion.

The Royal Borough has been asked to respond to the Department for Transport document 'Night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted: Stage 1 Consultation'.

Mr Afriyie said: "I know only too well how exhausting it is to be woken by aircraft noise in the early hours.

"Heathrow is a noisy, but welcome neighbour for the jobs it supports.

"However, I am concerned about these proposals, which may impact on the quality of life for Windsor residents."

If expansion proposals are given the green light, it could mean an additional 1,700 extra flights over the Windsor area from about 1,470 to 3,150 every year.

He added: "I have always fought tooth and nail for residents’ interests when it comes to Heathrow, and now is as important time as ever to take action.

"We must seek a reduction in night flights, and this proposal may be a step in the wrong direction."

Householders in Datchet, Old Windsor, Horton and Wraysbury would be most affected.

Responses can be given until April 22 and the issue will be discussed by the borough's cabinet at a meeting on April 25.

Visit www.gov.uk/government/consultations/night-flights-consultation for more.

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