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Date posted: 24-11-2015
Dozens of people gathered at the Lookout coffee shop at Biggin Hill Airport to lend their support to the campaign to secure Biggin Hill’s airport as a successful small airport. They are calling on Bromley Council to finally approve plans to extend the airport’s operating hours and reduce noise with the decision being made this week.
Local Biggin Hill resident, John, said:
“The airport has been part of our community for 100 years and many people who live here work at the airport, or one of the companies associated with it. We are proud of our local heritage and want to see a bright future for Biggin Hill, so as the community most affected, we want to send a message to the Council that we as a community are totally behind them.”
Earlier this year, 31,500 local residents backed a proposal for longer airport operating hours in one of Bromley’s largest ever public consultations. Councillors also backed the plans in principle, subject to the introduction of noise mitigation measures. Since then, Biggin Hill have agreed a comprehensive Noise Action Plan with the Council’s specialist noise consultant, Cole Jarman, and launched a consultation on a new flightpath that will reduce the number of flights over the Borough by a third.
Will Curtis, Managing Director of Biggin Hill Airport, said:
“We are greatly encouraged by the support that has been shown by local residents. As three different consultations have shown, the overwhelming majority of people in Bromley support our plans to create jobs and reduce noise. Those who live closest have always been the most supportive. Biggin Hill residents have always been proud of the airport; of its aviation heritage and what we continue to do today. We are very grateful for their ongoing support. They recognise that our plans are the best way to secure our future as a small, quiet and prosperous airport, supporting local jobs and being part of the local community.”