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Residents want £1 airport noise charge

03.09.08

Passengers flying from Glasgow Airport should be made to pay £1 in compensation to 'long-suffering residents' living in the flight path, people in Clydebank said at a meeting this week. The Evening Times reports that they plan to seek compensation for what they describe as their ‘daily nightmare’.

The residents want a share of BAA profits, possibly coupled with the £1-per-passenger flyover charge, to be put into a community fund. If successful, it could result in upwards of £20,000 a month being raised for local projects.

A 160-strong meeting of Clydebank East Community Council residents complained about the noise caused by aircraft landing at Glasgow Airport. BAA Glasgow, however, insists its noise-managing measures exceed statutory obligations.

West of Scotland MSP Gil Paterson, who carried out a detailed noise survey, told the meeting he was pressing for regulation of Scotland's airports to bring them into line with those in England. He also wants four local authorities - Glasgow, Renfrew, and East and West Dunbartonshire - to jointly buy a 'golden share' in any business that bought Glasgow Airport, giving the public a voice on issues.

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