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Runway extension discussed at Solihull meeting

Cabinet members at Solihull Council have agreed to monitor the noise impact on residents resulting from the extension to Birmingham Airport’s runway

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Cabinet members at Solihull Council have agreed to monitor the noise impact on residents resulting from the extension to Birmingham Airport’s runway.

At last week’s cabinet meeting, members acknowledged there were concerns over the planned loss of the ‘Hampton turn,’ which currently takes planes away from properties in Hampton-in-Arden as they take off.

Councillor Bob Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill) said: “The loss of the Hampton turn is a big issue.

“A lot of people have been affected by this noise and people will be affected in the future.”

He described the runway extension consultation document as ‘complicated’ and said an aviation expert was needed to explain the reasons for the loss of the turn.

“If the Hampton turn is lost, it needs to be justified,” he said.

Members agreed for the noise impact to be monitored for 12 months after the changes are in place.

They also agreed to keep tabs on the need for mitigation or compensation as a result of the changes.

 

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