We have had 2 years of relative peace, but things are set to get a lot worse. There has been a re-brand over lockdown and now Luton Rising is in charge of the ever-expanding monster that is Luton Airport.
There is a new consultation - they want the airport to expand by 60% so there will be 32m passengers going through (there were 18m at its peak in 2019). This will have a massive negative impact on our lives. Noise pollution will be terrible, when flights are overhead they will be there for nearly 22-24 hours a day at an interval of 2-3minutes - just let that sink in for a minute. The environmental pollution will impact our health, increasing the risk of heart disease, respiratory illnesses and cancers, and disturbing our sleep. We must act, and write our objections.
Hertfordshire have been incredibly active in trying to stop this expansion, but for some inexplicable reason, people have been sleeping round here (not for long once the night flights get cracking)!
The deadline is 4 April - not long.
If you want to live in relative peace, please log you objections! Not all our Parish Councils have written with objections, so it is up to us to do something!
There is a portal you can fill in on Luton Rising website. For information on possible responses go to https://ladacan.org/how-to-respond-to-the-dco-consultation/ which will give you reasonable responses for this form, the form it takes about an hour to fill in and the head of Luton Rising admitted to me that it had been made too complicated!
Alternatively you can write a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org - You must put your name and address on the email - there are useful bullet points on the 'Points Against' page - press the button to take you there...
By way of context, Luton Airport has already expanded by 74% since 2012, breaching many of its planning conditions as it went along, and it continued to ride roughshod over local communities: flights are now lower, louder and night flights are the norm, disturbing our sleep well into the early hours of the morning. This is going to get much, much worse if planning is approved.
Of the four most common aircraft flying over, noise has increased by an average 3dB over the past 3 years, bringing it to levels of 72dB and above, which, according to the Institute of Occupational Health, is considered 'Hazardous' to humans .
Many other communities are taking a community-based stand: surely it is time for us to be heard or we risk sleepwalking further into a climate, environmental and noise-pollution nightmare.
Recent consultation meetings missed out our three villages, as did the current one, which is extraordinary and worrying as we are in the direct flight landing path and will be disproportionately affected by everything they propose. For more info contact us at email@example.com.
Apologies that this hasn't been updated recently - it will be soon!
9 January 2020
Our MP, Andrew Selous MP, received a reply from the relevant Minister from the Department of Transport. He says that 'the good news is that the letter indicates that the expansion decision will be taken by the Secretary of State for Transport'. Which will give him 'ample opportunity to make all local points of concerns directly to him'. To read the letter go to the Letters/Concerns page.
6 January 2020
We have just discovered that Luton Borough Council have not uploaded any online representations for planning 19/00428/EIA since 2 December 2019! We are trying to get to the bottom of what is going on, as there are at least 60 representations that need to be uploaded. If you have submitted a response via the planning portal please keep an eye on it to ensure your application has been added. Or also email your letter (with your address attached) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 January 2020
We have been in contact with our local Member of Parliament, Andrew Selous MP, who has already 'raised the the concerns of local people with Luton Airport, with the Department for Transport and with Central Bedfordshire Council.' He is very much on the case and said that 'It seems very wrong that Luton Airport can breach its own restrictions'.
Make sure you always report noise disturbances or anything else negatively related to Luton Airport - see 'What can I do?'
The website is in its infancy but had to be set up quickly in relation to the planning issue above we need to take action - it will be further updated over coming weeks!
Current Very Urgent Concerns
Action to be taken by 8 January 2020
Local comments needed regarding planning application 19/00428/EIA re. Luton Airport's breach of planning regulations relating to noise pollution
Luton Airport has breached its planning permissions on noise contours: you may have noticed that planes are not only more frequent but the noise disturbance is greater.
They are now trying to perform retrospective planning, stating that it is for a 'temporary period' of 4 years (nearly equivalent to a government's term in office!).
The more local objections the better: log into http://planning.luton.gov.uk/online-applications/ and enter Applications Search: 19/00428/EIA to read and then you have to log in to add your comment. You can email a letter to the Head of Development Management in planning at email@example.com, but time is limited as applications need to be in by 8 January 2020.
For help with possible points about how respond to this go to:
the Letters/Concerns page on this website or
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