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Herts County Council opposes expansion of Luton Airport

November 27, 2019 11:32 AM
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

County Council votes to oppose further expansion of Luton Airport

Hertfordshire County Council has voted to oppose further expansion of London Luton Airport. At a full council meeting on 26 November, the council voted unanimously to object to the proposed expansion plans on the grounds that expansion of London Luton Airport to 32 million passengers would result in unacceptable harm to the environment.

In 2012, councils in Hertfordshire objected to a proposal to expand the airport to 30 million passengers. At that time, it was considered that the prospect of 30 million passengers a year was really quite frightening. The impact on our roads, quality of life and additional flights going over all parts of the district is not an attractive prospect. There is growing opposition to the airport's plans to expand, which are currently being consulted on.

Sammy Barry said "the planned expansion of Luton Airport impacts lives and the environment and is a concern for communities who live under the flight path, the voice of these communities, mainly rural villages, needs to be heard".