MP flying high after runway decision

MP Oliver Heald has expressed his delight that the planning application for a second runway at Stansted Airport is not to proceed.

Royston MP Mr Heald said he was “delighted that common sense has at last prevailed” and plans to expand the Essex airport have been shelved.

He said: “It is good to know that the planning application is not to proceed.

“The vision of Stansted which was sold to local people was of an ‘airport in the countryside’, not something akin to Heathrow.”

The news will come as a relief to residents who have long complained about the noise created by planes flying over the area.

Royston and the surrounding villages are on the flight paths of both Stansted and Luton airports, and as we reported in November last year, residents of Litlington believe the situation has worsened in recent years.