Yesterday I was pleased to share with residents, following a conversation with the Chief Executive of Southend Airport, Glyn Jones, information he confirmed regarding changes to the Amazon night flights. I shared that information with all those people who over a fairly lengthy period of time have expressed their annoyance at being disturbed by these flights, particularly around 4am.
Whilst not everyone, quite understandably, was totally satisfied with this news, for many people the news was most welcome. So, I was horrified to receive some emails this morning from residents about being disturbed again. Mr Jones has telephoned me to explain that a plane took off, hit a bird, returned to the airport, and then took off again. I would like to reassure everyone that I most certainly will continue to monitor aircraft movements at the airport which disturb local residents.
Furthermore, a number of residents are asking if these changes are permanent, I would hope that the local authority will insist that they are. Finally, regarding the Section 106 Agreement, which I intend to raise again in Parliament, the airport and the local authority both need to agree to change it. I am copying all of this to the Chairman of the Airport Consultative Committee who I assume will want to have some further input into these changes.
Sir David Amess MP