Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, last night attended a public meeting in Ascot with well over 1,000 people from the local area as well as representatives of Heathrow.
Recently, Heathrow agreed to bring flight path trials to an early end following sustained pressure from local authorities and communities.
During the meeting, Adam Afriyie said how proud he was to represent such proactive and passionate constituents.
After the meeting, Mr Afriyie said:
“The recent flight trials have rightly provoked serious frustration among those of us in the Windsor constituency. Residents made these views patently clear to Heathrow representatives in the meeting. There was not sufficient warning and this is unacceptable.
“The current flight trials are now due to end well ahead of schedule, in November. This is a big win for those of us in Windsor, Warfield, Binfield, Ascot, Sunninghill, Sunningdale and across the constituency.
"The Civil Aviation Authority, who regulate Heathrow, also asked the airport to consider ending trials even earlier and release all their data to the public as soon as possible.
“Along with many others, I have been fighting airplane noise from Heathrow for over 10 years and will continue to do so with the backing of local residents. This is another victory in that fight.
“I’d like to thank the Councils at Bracknell Forest and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Special thanks must go to Councillor David Hilton who organised the meeting last night. Support from the local authorities has been invaluable.
“I want Heathrow to flourish in its current form, but it needs to be considerate of the local environment and the people who live there. I hope that future decisions about Heathrow are only taken after extensive consultation with the communities affected. I will fight tooth and nail to reduce intrusive flight noise in the local area.
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Notes to Editors:
1. Mr Afriyie's previous statement about the Heathrow flightpath trials: http://adamafriyie.org/index.php/2014/10/06/windsor-mp-welcomes-the-early-end-to-the-heathrow-flight-paths-and-other-parts-of-the-constituency
2. Mr Afriyie's website: http://www.adamafriyie.org/