The Government has admitted defeat on its battle to do away with a movements limit on night flights at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick. Aviation Minister Gillian Merron broke the news in a letter to Conservation Transport Spokesman Chris Grayling, dated 20th July.
In the Civil Aviation Bill, expected to become law in the Autumn, the Government wanted to do away with a limit on the number of flights between 11.30pm and 6am at the countries three “designated” airports, Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick. This clause, strongly opposed by residents and local authorities, was twice defeated in the Lords. Gillian Merron’s letter says the Government will not try to reinstate the clause when the Bill returns to the Commons for one last time in the Autumn.
John Stewart, Chair HACAN ClearSkies, said, “This is victory. Victory for residents, local councils, local MPs and, of course, the House of Lords. Ultimately residents don’t want any night flights, but, at least a limit on the number of flights give them some protection.”
For more details contact John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650