HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 c571 11.45 pm
Mr. Bowen Wells (Hertford and Stortford)

I have the honour to present a petition on behalf of my constituents. Its main purpose is to pray the Secretary of State for Transport to alter the routes of aircraft leaving and arriving at Stansted airport, so that built-up areas such as Little Hadham and other villages are avoided as far as possible.

The matter is causing grave disturbance to my constituents. I should like to add to their petition that, at present, no mechanism is installed at Stansted airport to monitor the departure and arrival routes of aircraft to ensure that they follow the laid-down routes. That is a grave omission by the Civil Aviation Authority and the British Airports Authority, and I ask the Department of Transport to take measures immediately to put it right, so that the annoyances are reduced to the absolute minimum.

The petition ends in the customary way with the words: Your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. It is signed by John Merrillian Smith of Camlet, Albury road, Little Hadham, and 160 or so others.

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