Windsor MP Welcomes RBWM's Unanimous Vote to Oppose Heathrow Expansion

Adam Afriyie today welcomed the Council's decision to oppose further Heathrow expansion, supporting Gatwick as the best short-term solution to flight capacity issues.

Adam Afriyie also restated his serious concern about the Heathrow flightpath trials currently taking place over the constituency.

Mr. Afriyie confirmed that he was in the process of writing directly to the Secretary of State, and urged Heathrow to find a solution acceptable to the local community.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

"It is patently clear that thousands of people are being disturbed by the flightpath trials currently taking place across Windsor, Ascot and elsewhere. Residents feel they have not been given sufficient warning and are angry that Heathrow has started these trials without proper consultation. My concern is that this could be a sign of things to come for those affected if the third runway goes ahead.

"As a resident of Old Windsor and having campaigned against aircraft noise and increasing flight numbers for more than a decade, I know just how frustrating aircraft noise can be, especially at night and in the early morning hours. We must not forget that people are part of the environment too.

"As MP for the area, I will continue to express the concerns of the hundreds of residents who have written to me at the highest levels of Government. In particular I will be raising the issue directly with the Transport Secretary to stress the concerns of my constituents.

"I will continue to work with local councillors to urge Heathrow Airport Ltd to find a solution that is acceptable to the local community. I trust that residents will raise their concerns with Heathrow at the public meeting, organised by the Council on the 13th of October at 7pm at Ascot Racecourse."


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Notes to Editors:

1.    Mr Afriyie's previous statement about the Heathrow flightpath trials:

2.    Mr Afriyie's website: