Coun­cil should deal with safety

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I HOPE res­i­dents en­joyed the RAF Open Day. I did – three days with­out the sud­den roar of low fly­ing com­mer­cial jets over north Hilling­don, some­times five times an hour.

There could be 12,000 such flights a year! Oh and it seems that res­i­dents might have to pay £20 mil­lion pounds for this to con­tinue.

A court rul­ing has shown there are sub­stan­tial safety is­sues, con­cerns raised by com­mer­cial firms, not Hilling­don Coun­cil.

It is ob­vi­ous to most that in this area low fly­ing jets will cause ma­jor dis­tur­bance.

The Coun­cil say noise is a mat­ter for the CAA and thus seems to wash its hands of the whole busi­ness. In fact the Coun­cil should pri­ori­tise the re­in­state­ment of tol­er­a­ble liv­ing con­di­tions for thou­sands of res­i­dents.

It has many pow­ers to deal with safety con­cerns, pol­lu­tion and the over­whelm­ing dis­tur­bance caused by this com­mer­cial com­pany which should be forced to re­lo­cate.

ANNA WIL­LIAMS North Hilling­don

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