Sky's not the limit!

PUBLISHED: 17:26 25 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 26 October 2009

CONGESTED skies above a village could be a thing of the past - not that anyone would necessarily notice. Plans to redraw the aircraft route map across the region have been put out for public comment. And one of the main objectives is to reduce congestion

CONGESTED skies above a village could be a thing of the past - not that anyone would necessarily notice.

Plans to redraw the aircraft route map across the region have been put out for public comment.

And one of the main objectives is to reduce congestion over Brookmans Park, caused by converging departure routes from Heathrow, Luton, London City airports and RAF Northolt.

But Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps told the WHT that disruption caused by aircraft was not the biggest of issues in the village.

Mr Shapps not only lives in Brookmans Park, but is a pilot as well.

He said: "A lot of traffic routes over Brookmans Park because a beacon used for routing is just to the north of the village.

"But the planes are mainly above 2,500ft by then which is relatively high, so there's not a big impact on neighbours.

"Occasionally on a summer's evening it's noticeable, but it's not really a problem."

He added: "It's more an air traffic problem than one on the ground."

The consultation has been published by NATS, the UK's leading air traffic management company.

The proposed changes also include relocating and separating the hold areas - where planes circle before landing - for the growing Luton and Stansted airports.

To have your say visit www.nats.co.uk/TCNconsultation

The website includes a postcode search facility which enables people to see the flightpaths and heights of aircraft over where they live.

For those without internet access, copies of the consultation document will be held in main libraries and at parish councils.

The consultation closes on May 22.

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