Sir David Amess (Southend West MP) in plea to Southend…

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Sir David Amess (Southend West MP) in plea to Southend…

Sir David Amess (Southend West MP) in plea to Southend Council to get night flights scrapped
2021-04-07 17:16:00
Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, has said that night flights at Southend Airport must be scrapped, as residents continue to battle sleepless nights. He has written to Southend Council leader Ian Gilbert pleading for his support in getting them banned, for the sake of residents. The Amazon cargo night flights have been the topic of heated debate since they launched in October 2019. The airport has permission for 120 night flights per month, but insists the number of flights is regularly much lower.  Council bosses have admitted it would be “very difficult” to get the flights scrapped, as the airport is acting inside their targets, and and are not breaking the law. The only way to get the night flights stopped is to have the quota removed from the Airport’s Section 106 Licence Agreement, from the council. The airport is desperate to make some money, due to the pandemic, and would not willingly give up night flights, which provide some income.  This is especially frustrating, when there are very few daytime flights, and many of the cargo planes are old and noisier than more modern planes.  There were actually 127 night flights departing the airport in March 2020, compared to just 78 last month. .Tweet   Sir David Amess MP in plea to scrap airport night flights By Toby Emes Reporter (Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo) 7th April 2021 NIGHT flights at Southend Airport must be scrapped, an MP has insisted as residents continue to battle sleepless nights. Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, has written to Southend Council leader Ian Gilbert pleading for his support for the sake of residents. The controversial Amazon night flights have been the topic of heated debate since they launched in October 2019. The airport has permission for 120 night flights per month, but insists the number of flights is regularly much lower. AD Council bosses have admitted it would be “very difficult” to get the flights scrapped. Ron Woodley, deputy leader of Southend Council, said: “The airport are working inside their targets, and are not breaking the law. “I emphasise with those who live nearby, but if the night flights are banned, there would be next to no flights leaving at the moment. With the financial struggles and tough times they are facing, I don’t see the airport making that move.” In November, Mr

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