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Herts County Council opposes expansion of London Luton Airport

January 13, 2020 9:41 PM
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 mppa would result in unacceptable harm to the environment.

John Hale, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Colney Heath & Marshalswick, who proposed the motion said "expanding the airport to 32 million passengers a year when we are trying to reduce carbon emissions is madness. The impact on residents in terms of increased noise and pollution is unacceptable. I am pleased that the motion got the support of all parties at the council."

The motion, which as well as calling on the council to oppose the expansion to 32 million passengers also called for any plans to expand the airport to be deferred until the new government has responded to a letter from the Committee on Climate Change. That letter calls for a reduction in expansion plans for airports in order to reduce emissions from aviation. Current government policy is to expand airports so that they make maximum use of their runways.

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. In the intervening years nothing has changed to make the proposal any less frightening.
There is growing opposition to the airport's plans to expand, which are currently being consulted on.