Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, will speak at the protest meeting in Hitchin on the 20th January, the last of four meetings to galvanise opposition to Luton airport?s expansion plans. Peter stated, “It is crucial that we show the government that there is massive and reasoned opposition to plans to expand Luton Airport to the scale of Heathrow. I learned as a Minister that such opposition really can influence government plans”.

    Commenting on the meeting Peter said, “It is important people realise that if the airport expansion plan goes ahead it will have a real impact on the quality of life in Hitchin and Harpenden. There will not only be the impact of extra planes, with up to one plane landing or departing every minute, including jumbo jets, but also the impact on local transport from people. An extra 25 million extra people would be disgorged onto local roads, which could bring gridlock to Hitchin and the surrounding area and make overcrowding on our trains even worse.?

    “I have already attended packed meetings in Kimpton, Whitwell and Harpenden. This Friday will be a chance for the people of Hitchin to hear about the true cost of airport expansion and to express their own concerns.

    “I urge people to write to Luton Airport Management before the 27th of January and send copies of their letters to me at the House of Commons so that I can pass on their concerns to Alistair Darling, the Secretary of State for Transport.

    The meeting, organised by Hitchin Civic Society, will be held at 7.30 pm this coming Friday, (20th January) at Christ Church, Bedford Road, Hitchin. There will also be a chance to sign the petition against the expansion plans at the meeting.


    Notes to Editors:

    Letters to Luton Airport Management regarding their proposals for expansion should be sent to:

    London Luton Airport Operations Ltd
    Navigation House
    Airport Way
    LU2 9LY

    Copies of letters should be sent to Peter Lilley MP at:

    Peter Lilley MP
    The House of Commons