Hyslop Calls for Airport to Postpone Airspace Change Programme in Consultation Submission
Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has called for Edinburgh Airport to postpone progressing with their airspace change programme at this time and focus on engaging with communities as part of her submission to the Airport’s Consultation on Flight Path Routes.
As well as expressing her concerns on flight divergence, noise pollution and flyover issues with specific routes, Fiona’s submission also highlights a lack of community trust and local benefit in the Airport’s plans, particularly in Winchburgh.
“In my submission to the first consultation in September 2016, I called upon Edinburgh Airport to delay proceeding with this stage of the consultation, as the CAA are currently in the process of reviewing and strengthening their community consultation guidance for designing airspace.
“I am again calling upon EAL to postpone progressing with their airspace change programme at this time in order to fully engage with communities, to consider and address the many concerns raised about the consultation process itself before making any determination of its worth.
“I recent months I have met with Edinburgh Airport to raise the concerns of my constituents, I attended the public meeting in Winchburgh, invited the Scottish Transport Minister to West Lothian to see the Winchburgh Development and I have met with the UK Aviation Minister with local MP Hannah Bardell to lobby for the establishment of an Independent Aviation Noise Authority.
“From speaking to constituents who have been affected by aircraft noise across my constituency, I am well aware that the majority understand, as I do, the economic contribution the Airport makes and the benefits of new routes. The issue here is how the flight paths for any further growth are managed and more importantly how the airport continues to engage with the local communities that their flight paths are affecting and will affect in the future.
To read Fiona’s submission in full, click the link below: