Yesterday I convened a meeting with the Chief Executive of NATs and the Chief Executive of Heathrow to discuss increased aircraft noise over Berkshire and North Surrey and the growing number of complaints it is generating. I was joined by Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, John Howell MP, Adam Afriyie MP and Dr Philip Lee MP whose constituencies are also badly affected.
We explained the problems which have arisen from shifting the Compton Gate and concentrating flights on departure, and the growing noise from low flying planes landing during easterlies.
Heathrow accepted that the Compton Gate route had changed, and pointed out that there has been a traffic increase and more heavy planes flying over our area.
The two authorities promised to do more work on the causes of the disruption, and agreed that some combination of flying higher and flying in quieter ways could help abate the problem. The MPs pressed for a return to past patterns which had been considerably quieter.
I will post any official minutes which we agree, and will be following up the meeting as we need change.