Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has welcomed a clarification of the impact of new aircraft flight patterns over Wheathampstead but says concerns about noise levels have still not been fully resolved.

    He said: “I have been pressing the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) for more information about how the proposed changes to aircraft movements in and out of Luton airport will affect Wheathampstead and they have finally responded.

    “They say that the proposed new narrow flight path will be to the south of Wheathampstead, and not over the village itself, whereas the current broad path does take a few planes over the village.

    “However, the new flight path is much narrower then the old one, which means more aircraft will routinely fly closer to Wheathampstead than currently do.

    “NATS say there is no practical alternative. However, it remains unclear what the net impact of fewer planes overhead but more fairly close by will be in terms of aircraft noise experienced by people living in Wheathampstead.

    “This is something we need to keep under constant review.