Campaigners’ joy as Herts County Council oppose ‘unacceptable’ Luton Airport expansion [hertsad.co.uk, 28/11/19]
At a full council meeting on Wednesday, November 26, the council voted to oppose the expansion to 32 million passengers per annum (mppa), on the grounds that it would result in “unacceptable” harm to the environment.
Cllr John Hale, who represents Colney Heath and Marshalswick wards in St Albans, said: “Expanding the airport to 32 million passengers a year when we are trying to reduce carbon emissions is madness.
“The impact on residents in terms of increased noise and pollution is unacceptable.”
The airport, which is owned by London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL), is currently running a series of statutory public consultations across Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties over its future plans. At the moment the airport is close to reaching its existing capacity of 18 mppa.