Luton Airport expansion: MP writes to secretary of state

St Albans MP, Anne Main, has shown her support against plans to expand Luton Airport by writing a letter to the Secretary of State.

St Albans MP, Anne Main, has shown her support against plans to expand Luton Airport by writing a letter to the Secretary of State.

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

St Albans MP, Anne Main, has shown her support against plans to expand Luton Airport by writing a letter to the Secretary of State.

Amid Harpenden MP, Peter Lilley’s call to launch an independent inquiry into the airport expansion, MP Main has written a letter to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State asking him to call in plans.

MP Main has previously met with campaigners against plans to expand the airport so that 18 million passengers can pass through every year.

Luton Airport operators submitted their application to Luton Borough Council in January with a six week period for response from residents and councillors.

She said: "I have previously written to the Secretary of State asking him to call in the Luton plans so that they can be independently assessed. I hope that with thousands of people calling for an independent inquiry the Secretary of State will use his discretion to call in the plans.

"When an expansion like this is going to affect thousands of people I think it is only right that we ensure there is as full and independent a decision making process as possible".

Luton Airport has compiled a report which shows the effects the expansion will have on surrounding areas.

Harpenden Town councillor, Simon Leadbeater said after looking at the report thoroughly he noticed the data showed there would be a 70 per cent increase in C02 emissions.

He said:"They are being ingenuous because without putting the two tables together that are on separate pages in the report, as a reader you wouldn’t realise the major rise.

"Just from the airport alone, we will see a 70 percent rise in C02 emissions. As a Harpenden resident I am worried about the effects on Harpenden and its countryside.

"They are being dishonest and I find this offensive. If the expansion is to go ahead, there will be a noise wall.

"Harpenden Town Council is also urging residents to submit comments on the application which closes on Monday, February 18.

Councillor Nicola Linacre, Harpenden town Mayor, said: "The airport expansion is going to have a significant impact upon Harpenden. "We therefore want to ensure that residents are aware of what is being planned and where possible comment accordingly."

To view the planning application and submit your comments, visit: www.eplan.luton.gov.uk/PublicAccess/tdc/DcApplication/application_detailview.aspx?caseno=MF0KDNKG72000

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:21pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Worried of Luton says...

So lets work out the sums, the 10 million that use the airport every year plus the majority of the population of Luton are for it, just a few NIMBYS are against it. Just find a remote Scottish Island to live on and then moan at the seagulls for make a noise.
So lets work out the sums, the 10 million that use the airport every year plus the majority of the population of Luton are for it, just a few NIMBYS are against it. Just find a remote Scottish Island to live on and then moan at the seagulls for make a noise. Worried of Luton
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree