MP for East Dunbartonshire Jo Swinson met recently with the Managing Director of Glasgow Airport to discuss the forthcoming re-run of the airport’s consultation on proposed flight path changes.
Glasgow Airport’s initial Airspace Changes Consultation on potential flight path changes ran from 15 January to 13 April 2018. The changes would mean flight paths diverging sooner after take-off, which would see planes flying over areas like Kessington and Killermont for the first time. However, following new guidance from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which came into effect in January this year, airport officials were informed that a new consultation would have to take place.
In April, Jo submitted her response to the initial consultation, objecting to the proposed flight path changes and highlighting the shortcomings of the consultation process, which included a failure to engage properly with some Bearsden residents, as well as overly complex consultation documents.
Following her meeting with Mark Johnston, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, Jo said:
“Many residents in Bearsden have been dismayed about the potential flight path changes and I will continue to make the case in the strongest possible terms that the changes should not go ahead as proposed.
“My meeting with Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director was constructive, and I was able to underline my disappointment at the way the previous consultation process was handled.
“I stressed the importance of proper community engagement on any subsequent proposals, as well as the need to ensure that the new consultation documents are easier to understand.
“Noise pollution can have a profound impact on people’s lives, and given the number of complaints I received from residents worried about the potential for a sudden increase in aircraft noise, Glasgow Airport should not push forward with the original proposed flight path changes.”
Jo’s formal submission to Glasgow Airport's consultation on changes to their flight paths can be found at: www.joswinson.org.uk/glasgow_airport.