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Airport: Latest

February 7, 2020 11:09 AM
In Leigh and West Leigh Focus

The planes may be soaring to new heights from Southend but down on the ground things are not so rosy.

Your Lib Dem councillors have been at the forefront of dealing with residents' complaints about, in particular, noisy night flights.

Coupled with the now self-evident world-wide need to accept that we must act fast on climate change, we have raised all of these grievances with the Council and the airport.

The problem is that, some years ago, the Council, managed by the Conservatives, negotiated what are now seen as totally inadequate controls over the airport, without the teeth to rein in the more locally damaging effects.

The airport still has scope for more within their current permissions and the only opportunities which could present themselves for exercising more control have to await developments.

It is clear that after Cllr Carole Mulroney publicly called the airport to task on these issues they have done some soul searching and agreed her request for an Environmental Action Plan.

This will look at solutions and mitigation measures to encourage the airport to work in an open and transparent manner, including collaboration with local residents and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

We are not trying to stop the airport operating but
we want it to operate better, cleaner and more community focussed, and with more
clarity over its operations as they interact with residents.

The airlines themselves are starting to take these issues seriously and so, too, should the airport.

Over the coming months Carole will be working with airport bosses in the preparation of the Plan and is hoping that this promising start will be maintained.