Newsletter 88 - 21 October 2019

LATEST NEWS ON LONDON LUTON AIRPORT EXPANSION FROM CHILTERN COUNTRYSIDE GROUP

Dear supporters,

We hope you've had a great summer, despite the very mixed assortment of weather we've experienced in the Chilterns - and the leaves are just turning, so our beautiful beech trees will amaze us with their stunning autumn colours once again very soon.

LONDON LUTON AIRPORT EXPANSION CONSULTATION OPENED 16 OCTOBER 2019 & CLOSES 16 DECEMBER 2019

London Luton Airport Ltd. (LLAL) has now opened the statutory consultation period for its proposals to expand the airport from present limits of 18m passengers per annum (a 100% increase of the 9m passengers pa of not that many years ago!) to 32million passengers per annum. Once again, a huge increase in passengers and unless currently scheduled aircraft are not full,which is unlikely, a consequent huge increase in air traffic flying over our communities and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As many of you are aware from operational impact over your homes, the airport operator (LLAOL) has no statutory restriction over night flights so such expansion is of great concern for increased scheduling of night flights, particularly in the holiday seasons, and at the key shoulder periods, when most of us are either settling down for a much needed good night's sleep, or starting the day peacefully without the pollution of aircraft engines overhead.

This application is of such magnitude and with significant impact, that it is required to be considered by the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Control Order (DCO) and by the Secretary of State for Transport, who will make the final decision. This is good news as hopefully this means the application will be considered in greater depth than at local level and not by Luton Borough Council, which is also owner of the site.

Details of the full consultation documents, which we are told are informed by the non-statutory consultation of 2018, are available to view online at:

futureluton.llal.org.uk

Consultation events are being held in the Chilterns as below:

  • Dagnall - Tues 29 Oct 4-8pm Village Hall. HP4 1RG.
  • Pitstone - Fri 1 Nov 2-8.00pm Pitstone Memorial Hall. LU7 9EY.
  • Wendover - Sat 2 Nov 11am-3pm Wendover Memorial Hall. HP22 6HF.
  • Berkhamsted - Fri 8 Nov 3-7pm Civic Centre. HP4 3HB.
  • Flamstead - Mon 11 Nov 4.30-8pm Village Hall. AL3 8BN.
  • Aylesbury - Thurs 14 Nov 4-8pm. The Gateway, Gatehouse Road. HP19 8FF.
  • Nash Mills - Thurs 21 Nov 4-8pm. Village Hall. HP3 8RT.
  • Tring - Weds 4 Dec 2-8pm. Nora Grace Hall. HP23 5PA.
  • Eaton Bray - Fri 6 Dec 4-8pm. LU6 2DJ.
  • Slip End - Sat 7 Dec 11am-3pm. LU1 4BJ.

Copies of the consultation documents are held at the following Libraries or other public venues:

  • Aylesbury Vale District Council offices
  • Beacon Villages Community Library, Ivinghoe
  • Hemel Hempstead Library
  • Tring Library
  • Wendover Community Library

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE EVENTS AND TO RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION BY 16 DECEMBER 2019. You can do this online or by FreePost. See LLAL website on how to do this.

The CCG Steering Group will be responding to this consultation but it is imperative that as many individuals as possible also respond. If you need help with this, or wish us to make comments, raise questions etc... on your behalf in the Group's submission, then do please get in touch.

The CCG submission to the 2018 Consultation is posted on the Group's website:

www.chilterncountrysidegroup.org

along with other relevant submissions to previous consultations. The Steering Group is happy for you to use any of this material in your own response, if it is helpful to you, provided that you acknowledge CCG as your source.

According to Luton Borough Council's website, the Planning Application submitted this summer by LLAOL to vary a Planning Condition of the earlier expansion consent is still awaiting a decision. You might like to include information about that application in your submission to this consultation.

We certainly live in interesting times with climate change and adverse impact on the environment at last being taken seriously by the international community as significant threats to the well-being of our world. Airport expansion doesn't appear to sit well with protecting our environment so this is a huge area of credible challenge which can support objections to these plans.

HS2

Contrary to the thought of someone in a WhatsApp conversation recently, HS2 has not been cancelled - disappointingly! The Oakervee Review is still under way, lots of questions are still being asked by Government and elsewhere, notably some on finance in recent days by Andrea Leadsom, MP, but we still await the report. A recent TV programme raised many questions and had a great interview with Joe Rukin of STOPHS2 whilst walking the route.

Do please make your complaint to Luton or Heathrow Airports whenever you are disturbed by their operations - it really does make a difference and supports the work we seek to do in protecting our beloved countryside and right to enjoy a peaceful night's sleep.

We are always pleased to hear from our supporters so do stay in touch and most importantly

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD BY RESPONDING TO THE ABOVE CONSULTATION.

Remember, together we give power to the message.

Best wishes to you all,

Steering Group

Chiltern Countryside Group

www.chilterncountrysidegroup.org

01442 905992