New group, STAND, have formed to voice their concerns about Luton Airport’s increasing noise pollution over the St Albans area.
STAND (St Albans Aircraft Noise Defence) formed at a public meeting which was held in December last year, which saw over 50 locals turning up.
Campaign groups, Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (LADACAN) and St Albans Quieter Skies (STAQS) attended the meeting.
St Albans Civic Society president, Geraint John and St Albans City and District Councillors, Annie Brewster, Salih Gawgusuz and Roma Mills were also present.
Cllr Brewster said: “Luton gets the gain, Herts gets the pain” explaining that the Luton Borough Council own the airport yet the main flight paths do not actually fly across Bedfordshire.
Cllr Mills said: “We need to complain regularly, persistently and to get on their radar” with strong support by Paul Barnes, STAND committee member, who said: “It’s a numbers game, so everyone needs to participate. Its (STAND) an informal group, membership is free, and the plan is to represent a significant number of residents, hence our 1,000 member target.”
John Hale of STAQS said: “The number of Luton planes flying low between Sandridge and St Albans has massively increased in the past few years.”
The group was mainly formed after the news was announced that Luton Airport was expanding which would result in much more flights flying over the surrounding areas.
Andrew Lambourne, chairman of LADACAN, revealed at the meeting that Luton Airport “wants to quadruple from nine million passengers a few years ago to 36 million a year by 2050”.
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