Luton Airport Start Public Consultation

6 September 2012, 06:00 | Updated: 13 September 2012, 16:29

A six week public consultation has started by Luton Airport who want to nearly double their number of passengers.

The Masterplan says that over the next 19 years they want to increase the number of annual passengers from 9.5 million to 18 million.

They say this will create thousands of new jobs for local people and boost the local economy.

But some people living near the airport would not be happy if the plan gets the go-ahead.

John Davis from the group Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (LADACAN) has strong views:

"I think it is an uncivilised airport in a ridiculous position and any proposal to extend the amount of use of it is an outrage against civilised living"

John says a lot of people within the group who live in the Harpenden, Flamstead and Slip End area have spoken to him about how the noisy aeroplanes are waking them up at 6:30am.

He's convinced this noise will only get worse as the number of passengers increases and as a result, he is considering living his home:

"My agenda is seriously to think of moving out of Harpenden even though i was brought up here, even though I've got a great affection for what is a very green and pleasant town if it is going to get steadily worse, why put up with it?"

He expects a number of people will express similar views at the following public consultations the airport are holding:

Thursday 6th September         Flamstead Village Hall                    3pm-8pm

Tuesday 11th September         Harpenden Public Halls                   3pm-8pm

Thursday 20th September       Breachwood Green Village Hall          3pm-8pm

Tuesday 25th September        Luton Airport Onward Travel Centre    3pm-8pm

Friday 28th September          Slip End Parish Hall                        3pm-8pm

Tuesday 2nd October             Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre        3pm-8pm

Tuesday 9th October             The Hat Factory Luton                    3pm-7:30pm

If you would like to have a look at the Expansion Masterplan by London Luton Airport it can be seen here