Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has expressed disappointment that the government refuses to make Luton airport subject to the same restrictions on noise levels as the other three London Airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

    Peter Lilley said: “In response to my representations the Minister says that the noise restrictions which Luton adopts voluntarily are similar to those imposed on the other London airports by government. But this assurance is little comfort to my constituents who remain concerned that this might not continue to be the case. He offers no explanation as to why Luton should remain free to regulate itself while he feels it necessary to regulate the other London airports.

    “TBI, the new manager of the airport, has already backtracked on the previous management‘s proposed night-noise quota system. We know they have very aggressive plans to expand the airport to the size of Heathrow and I am particularly concerned about the prospect of more night-time freight services being introduced.

    “People in the area surrounding Luton Airport should have at least as much right to protection from excessive noise as those living near Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.”