Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has welcomed the decision to extend the time available for people to comment on proposed changes to aircraft flight paths into and out of Luton airport. National Air Traffic Services, which manages most of Britain’s air space, has extended the consultation period by a month, until June 19th.
“I am pleased with this extension but am still very concerned that NATS has not responded to my call for specific information about the possible impact of any changes on Wheathampstead.
“It’s all very well inviting people to submit their views, but hard facts are required before anyone can form a proper judgement. I still find it virtually impossible to work out from the published documents just what difference the proposed new routes would make to Wheathampstead.
“On the face of it, the village could even suffer less aircraft noise than it does now, and I am still pressing NATS for details of the noise footprint. Consultation only works if people know what the changes mean.