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Hampton residents air views on runway extension

Changes to aircraft flight plans – which could see planes pass lower over a borough village – have been met with a mixed reaction from Hampton-in-Arden residents

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Changes to aircraft flight plans – which could see planes pass lower over a borough village – have been met with a mixed reaction from Hampton-in-Arden residents.

Locals attended a second roadshow held at Fentham Hall last Friday, which Birmingham Airport said was aimed at allaying fears over the runway extension.

Some residents raised concerns over the noise levels and the possible loss of the ‘Hampton Turn’, which takes planes away from the village as they take off.

Villager Andrew Jeeves told the Solihull News: “Noise levels are not too bad at the moment when we are in the house but when we are in the garden, there are occasions where we have to stop talking.

“As villagers we are concerned that the noise pollution will increase.”

But fellow resident David Hill said he was not concerned about the proposals

“I don’t feel as if the plans will have a major impact on me.

“I know that the planes will be passing 50ft lower but I do not have any major concerns about this.”

Meadow Close resident, Mike Elkins, added: “It’s all about progress and I do not have any major fears.

“I can hear the planes at the moment and I actually quite like them.”

Another villager, Geoff Arthur added: “No one likes change, it is a human trait.

“Planes are getting quieter but this will be moving closer to our house. I have been here for 40 years, I knew the airport was here and I accepted that when I came to live here.”

Joe Kelly, the airport’s deputy chief executive, said the noise impact should reduce despite there being a drop of 50 feet.

“The planes will follow a continuous descent rather than a sudden drop, which should reduce the noise impact,” he told the Solihull News.

n Residents can view the proposals at www.birminghamairport.co.uk/airspace, call 0121 767 7433, or email airspace2@birminghamairport.co.uk

 

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