Jardine secures Ministerial assurance on Edinburgh Airport


Christine Jardine MP, has secured assurances from the UK Government that they will monitor the situation regarding Edinburgh Airports flight paths and ensure balance between communities and the airport.

It came in a debate Christine secured in the House of Commons over Edinburgh Airport flight path proposals.
 
Earlier that day the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had separately rejected the Airport’s proposals,to allow further consultation in Livingstone.
 
Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, responding on behalf of the Government thanked Ms Jardine for raising the issue and stressed the need to ensure balance between the economic benefits and the impact on communities that are overflown.
 
Mr Norman said: “We have yet to consider the CAA’s overall assessment of whether the call-in criteria have been met by the Edinburgh airport proposal. My Department will now, as a priority, consider in depth the CAA’s assessment of the Edinburgh proposal.”
 
The delay came at a time when communities had hoped that there might be a solution to the controversial proposals.
 
Christine said: “We all know that the airport impacts surrounding residents with high levels of noise and it’s important that changes are done in consultation with communities like Cramond, South Queensferry and others.
 
“None of us want to see the economic contribution of the airport undermined, and similarly I know the airport is keen to work with the community to ensure a way forward suitable to everyone.
 
“I will continue to work with the community and the airport to find a compromise that does not result in undue burden on one area.”

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