Heartless, impractical solution

SUGGESTING people move away (Opinion, January 22) is a heartless and impractical solution to the enormous loss of quality of life experienced by people living close to Bristol International Airport.

SUGGESTING people move away (Opinion, January 22) is a heartless and impractical solution to the enormous loss of quality of life experienced by people living close to Bristol International Airport.

Living in Weston Mr Lawrence will be unaffected by the traffic congestion and its accompanying pollution caused by airport traffic on both the A38 and country lanes. He will also be unaffected by the degree of noise experienced by the airport's neighbours - frequent loud noise incidents from 6am to 11pm every day, set to rise to one around every three minutes once the airport has fulfilled its plans. His children's learning ability will be unaffected by frequent loud noise and, as his sleep won't be disturbed by night flights, he won't be at increased risk from serious stress-linked diseases such as heart disease.

The problem of frequent loud noise incidents from the planes won't go away - no amount of 'quieter' planes will solve it. The problem of the traffic could certainly be improved if all the authorities our campaign lobbies on a regular basis did ensure that public transport services to the airport were significantly increased. However, the airport itself has no incentive to increase bus services further as we believe it makes more money from car parking than it does from the flights themselves.

Mr Lawrence also ignores the wider issue of climate change. With no curb on the growth of flights in the UK, we have no chance of reaching the UK's target for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The effects of climate change are already proving disastrous for many living in parts of Africa and elsewhere in the developing world - perhaps Mr Lawrence thinks they should move too.


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SUSAN PEARSON

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