Dozens support Biggin Hill Airport ahead of council’s operating hours decision

PUBLISHED: 11:55 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:55 24 November 2015

Biggin Hill supporters

Biggin Hill supporters

Mike Rivett-Fotomotion

A decision will be made at a full council meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night

Dozens gathered at Biggin Hill Airport’s Lookout coffee shop over the weekend to lend their support to the airport’s campaign to extend operating hours.

With Bromley council preparing make a final decision on the airport’s plans at a full council meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night, residents came together to send a message after a busy few weeks for the airport.

The plans were approved in principle, subject to the introduction of noise mitigation measures, after 31,500 local residents backed proposals for longer operating hours in the largest ever public consultation in the history of the borough, which ran between January and March.

Since then, the airport has worked up a comprehensive Noise Action Plan and last week launched a consultation on a new flightpath that will reduce the number of flights over the borough by a third, although the airport’s plans have slammed multiple times by the opposition campaign group, Flightpath Watch.

One resident present at the weekend said: “The airport has been part of our community for 100 years and many people who live here work at the airport, or one of the companies associated with it.

“We are proud of our local heritage and want to see a bright future for Biggin Hill, so as the community most affected, we want to send a message to the council that we as a community are totally behind them.”

Will Curtis, managing director of Biggin Hill Airport, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the support that has been shown by local residents.

“As three different consultations have shown, the overwhelming majority of people in Bromley support our plans to create jobs and reduce noise.

“Those who live closest have always been the most supportive.

“Biggin Hill residents have always been proud of the airport; of its aviation heritage and what we continue to do today.

“They recognise that our plans are the best way to secure our future as a small, quiet and prosperous airport, supporting local jobs and being part of the local community.”

A decision will be made at 7pm in the Great Hall, at the Civic Centre.

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