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'Shambolic' airport roadshow slammed by angry residents

More than 100 villagers turned out to a meeting in Hampton-in-Arden on Monday (January 14) - the first in a series of roadshows aimed at allaying fears over proposed flight path changes at Birmingham Airport

More than 100 villagers turned out to a meeting in Hampton-in-Arden on Monday (January 14) - the first in a series of roadshows aimed at allaying fears over proposed flight path changes at Birmingham Airport.

Locals gathered at Fentham Hall to hear from airport representatives about the three month consultation launched as the airport continues building its runway extension.

Some residents said their main concern was that the so called ‘Hampton turn’ would cease, leading to greater noise from aircraft.

This, they said, ‘is the well-established practice of pilots of aircraft taking off in a southerly direction veering off course about 20 degrees west to avoid flying over the village, thus reducing noise for inhabitants.’

Graham Juniper of the Hampton Society said: “We are very anti the whole thing - this will bring planes much closer to us.

“The meeting was shambolic with different representatives and lots of people clustered round - a question and answer session would have been more beneficial.

“It will affect us very badly and we are opposed to - we’ll fight it as much as we can.”

And Meriden MP Caroline Spelman said: “I know that changes to flight paths cause a great deal of worry for local people so I would urge everyone to respond to the consultation or attend a roadshow to find out about the plans.

“The airport have assured me that they take the views of local people extremely seriously and nothing has been set in stone yet.”

Proposals can be viewed at www.birminghamairport.co.uk/airspace or call 0121 767 7433, or email airspace2@birminghamairport.co.uk.

 

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