Stand up and be counted

AS a resident of Guilden Morden I have become increasingly aware of the vast increase in commercial air traffic over our village. Some aircraft were so low my house vibrated. No sooner had the hideous whine of one aircraft passed, than the roar of the nex

AS a resident of Guilden Morden I have become increasingly aware of the vast increase in commercial air traffic over our village.

Some aircraft were so low my house vibrated. No sooner had the hideous whine of one aircraft passed, than the roar of the next was on its way.

The Civil Aircraft Authority says "there are no changes to airspace or associated route structure" while Stansted airport said "no flight routes have been changed or altered".

So was it all in my imgination? When I opened the August edition of our parish magazine there was an article from our county councillor about the same issue.


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She has a group of residents monitoring overflying and has appled under the Freedom of Information Act for a direct comparison of flight routes since April this year with the same period last year.

Are we all imagining this, or rather are village residents thought of as so irrelevant that changes have already been foisted on us.

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To my mind the NATs consultation process is a farce as the result is a foregone conclusion - hence the exclusion of parish councils from the meetings. So much for democracy.

The rural flight path changes. Surely this in itself is discriminatory, implying people who live in the villages can be treated as second-class citizens.

The changes could be seen as a stepping stone to the second runway at Stansted.

The public inquiry will start on April 9, 2009. There were 100,000 flights in 1997; 270,000 this year and a proposed 500,000 when completed.

If you value your quality of life, value a night's sleep and don't want to be concreted over, act now.

Write to the Prime Minister, the local MP and join Stop Stansted Expansion.

Don't let them get away with it - stand up and be counted.

Mrs K TEAR

High Street

Guilden Morden

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