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Greenbelt threatened again, Linslade 2.2km two-way, fully-automated, 24-hour mass passenger transit system coming to an airport near you soon

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Dear Members, We have now entered the close season where we do not meet again until October 26th 2017 when Evan Williams an auctioneer will talk on Auctions and Antiques. During this period the committee will be monitoring developments in the town and planning for our meetings in 2018. The uncertain political landscape since the General Election has thrown up circumstances which we never contemplated before which will affect all our lives. It seems this malaise has affected countries around the world where the old established order has been overturned to be replaced by extremist organisations leading to a topsy-turvey chain of events. And there is more uncertainty to come. How we will fare under this new order is hard to forecast but this Society will remain vigilant to radical changes and will continue to negotiate on a friendly basis any developments within our remit. CBC has at last published their draft of the Local Plan for consultation to take place up to 29th August 2017. There are ‘drop in’ centres for the general public to ask questions at 5 places on the east side of the county. Leighton-Linslade has not been included in this list even though we are the second largest community in the county. The CBC objectives of the developments are stated with little detail and a time scale up 2035. Presumably after the consultation period a more detailed plan will emerge. Seven LBS members attended a seminar in Dunstable with the subject ‘Building for the Future’ a Stakeholder event organised by our own Victoria Harvey. We were the largest contingent of all the organisations attending. The talks and discussions that followed centred around Low Carbon Emissions chiefly related to house building. Bill Dunster, an Architect, described the low cost housing ‘ZEDPODS’ he had designed and implemented in the UK and around the world. The structures he designed were made of aluminium panels on steel frames, factory manufactured and conveyed to the site and erected in 2 days where they were connected to the usual services. Electricity was supplied by solar panels which produced sufficient electricity for domestic needs, and a surplus to sell the National Grid. He claimed the zero carbon structure led to zero energy bills. Because building land is expensive he proposed that these structures could be built over local government single storey car parks. It is an ideal solution to low cost housing programmes required by Government to provide good standard housing for low income families. This quality, low cost product can be constructed on a short time scale, which is what is required, and could go some way to solving the present housing crisis. It requires a political will backed by the building industry. Our President and MP, Andrew Selous who was at the meeting ,has raised this issue in Parliament and received an assurance, from Damien Green MP from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, that the Government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme will provide support. I hope this commitment will result in splurge of building to provide houses for the many younger people on low pay and keep the housing market buoyant for the future. Andrew Selous MP has been appointed the Prime Minister’s envoy to South Africa with a brief to boost trade between the UK and South Africa. We wish him well in this new appointment. Enjoy the summer which up to 2nd week in July 2017 had been hot but it seemed that August has not lived up to expectations. Well the rain has turned the grass from brown to green which is compensation. See you in October Maurice Crowe Chairman Congratulations to Maurice and Wendy Crowe on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary 2

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Resilient highways consultation A 'Resilient Highways Network' identifies the particular Roads that would be given priority during adverse events, such as extreme weather. When extreme weather occurs (floods, storms, ice, snow etc.), the main concern for us will be to keep these Roads open in order to maintain economic activity in town centres, industrial estates and business parks, and access to key services such as schools, railway stations, key food shops, petrol stations, hospitals, police, fire services etc. This network would, in the main, be those Roads that receive salting between October and April. These routes are chosen as they have the highest volumes of traffic and the greatest risk of accidents occurring. The Roads within the network will be reviewed after an emergency event, or every two years if no events occur. The local roads proposed are:- West Heath and Reach, Miletree Rd and Eastern Way West, Reach Brickhill Rd West Leighton Buzzard A418 Wing Rd, A505 roundabout to Bucks county boundary , A4012 A507 west to Leighton Buzzard, A4146 Leighton bypass to River Ouzel bridge at Herts boundary, Billington and Stanbridge Rds, Appenine Way, Bassett Rd, Bideford Green, Billington Rd, Brooklands Drive, Bunkers Lane, Cedars Way, Church Street, Clarence Rd, Cotefield Drive, Derwent Rd, Grovebury Rd, Heath Rd, Himley Green, Hockliffe Rd, Hockliffe Street, King Street, Knaves Hill, Lake Street, Leighton Rd, Leston Rd, Meadway, Mentmore Rd, North Street, Old Linslade Rd, Old Rd, Plantation Rd, Queen Street, Shenley Hill Rd, Soulbury Rd, South Street, Southcourt Avenue, Southcourt Rd, Springfield Rd, St Marys Way, Stanbridge Rd, Stoke Rd, Vandyke Rd, West Street and Wing Rd. Have your say at http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council/consultations/resilient-highways/overview.aspx Before 30th October. Mass Passenger Transit (MPT) 17/00283/FUL | Full planning permission for the construction of approximately 2.2km twin guideways mass passenger transit (MPT) system comprising track bed between Luton Airport Parkway Station and Luton Airport Central Terminal together with related structures/ engineering operations including new service roads, storm retention tanks, a viaduct along the railway, a bridge over the A1081 (Airport Way) road, slab in a cut or on embankment, a trough and a tunnel; a new two storey MPT station adjacent to Luton Airport Parkway Station to include ancillary retail (A1) outlets and a new Central Terminal MPT Station; five temporary construction compounds; and Outline planning permission for an over-bridge link and extended station concourse from the existing Luton Airport Parkway Station to the new two storey MPT Luton Parkway Station (all matters reserved). | MPT Parkway Station Luton Bedfordshire LU2 0SX This subject will be familiar & I thought you might like to know that the planning application for this so called Mass Passenger Transit (MPT) between Luton Airport Parkway Rail Station & the airport central passenger terminal was approved by Luton BC on Fri 30 June. I made what Luton BC term "a supportive comment from the public" (but none the less criticised a key element of the design at the rail station passenger interface: there being a difference in height of around 1m between the existing station footbridge & MPT concourse; the reason for this being unfathomable to me! ) hence I received instant news of this significant, nay landmark, planning consent! There was only one other public comment in addition to mine, which I made both as in my capacity as representing The Society for transport matters & as a chartered engineer with experience in infrastructure & plan- 3

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ning. I made it clear that I supported the application notwithstanding my concern about passenger concourse levels. The other public comment was deemed neutral by Luton BC. £200 million is the quoted cost of this project. To date the issue as to whether users will have to pay to use it remains unclear. The route of the MPT makes a small incursion into the Green Belt beyond the over-bridge crossing the A1081 & this is actually in land within Central Beds. By agreement CBC have deferred planning matters to Luton BC in this context. The following link gives you the story so far: https://planning.luton.gov.uk/online-applications/ applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OLS4X4KG07D00 John Sharp Another Money Saving Tip from our Transport Officer Picking someone up or dropping them at Luton Airport? Do not park in the short term car park, instead drop them for FREE at the mid term and they just catch the shuttle bus to the terminal. Do not park in the Multi Storey as it costs for up to 40 minutes £8.00 All London Luton Airport Car Parks have Blue Badge spaces closer to the terminal or Shuttle Bus and feature a Special Assistance Help Point. Shuttle Buses are fully accessible for wheelchairs, 4

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Closed on Mondays Leighton Buzzard Library Reducing opening hours by a total of 30 per week across all 12 libraries in Central Bedfordshire in order to meet £85,000 savings targets. This means that from October 1, Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be grouped into three categories: Community Libraries Area Libraries Main Libraries Leighton Buzzard Library will become a Main Library but will see a decrease of 5 hours per week. Westlands older persons' home consultation The Council owns and operates five care homes which were built several decades ago and which currently no longer meet the expectations of customers and regulators in terms of facilities and accommodation. The Council has been investigating options and opportunities in the Leighton Buzzard area and has secured a site in Hockliffe Road (The old Police and Magistrate Court) which would be suitable for a new care home. http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/surveys/westlands_consultation2017/ snwestlandsconsultation2017.htm Closes 6th November Wanted As you know Rita is standing down as Treasurer/Membership Secretary after the next AGM. Could you step into this position? This is a role which can be spilt, but for constitution purposes we must have a Treasurer. The following ' jobs ' will also need to be covered. Print and distribute posters Book The Gables for meetings and St Barnabas for Committee meetings. Purchase wine / fruit juice and serve at the social evenings. Speak to Rita or Maurice for more details. 5

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Follow us on Twitter @LeightonBuzzSoc Presentation by the Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council LBS March meeting Councillor David Bowater, who has been Chairman of the CBC for the past two years, spoke about the economic growth of Central Bedfordshire, the number of jobs created and use of land for commerce. He showed slides of employment numbers and retail sales figures. Did you know -The average, weekly income for residents is £574.80, higher than the national rate of £533. - Retail leakage From Central Beds. is £423 million annually, that is 7 times as much money leaves the CBC than comes in, (hence he supported the two retail parks in the town). - The population of 274,000 is increasing at 7.7%, which is faster rate than national rate 3.3%. - Investment is continuing in major infrastructure projects including A5-M1, A421, East West Rail. - Gain in commercial space is 71,000sqm of new development, equivalent to 7 football pitches. - Our area is at the heart of the Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge Growth Corridor. - Jobs increasing – 2,180 average annual growth 2010 – 2015, but only 500 new jobs in 2015. David then took questions from the floor. 6

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Address by Town Mayor Mr. Steve Cotter given to the Society at its AGM on 27 April 2017 After the formal part of the Society’s business had been concluded our Chairman introduced the Mayor Councillor Steve Cotter to talk about his year of office which was nearing its end. Councillor Cotter referred briefly to his own financial background and spoke of his visits to the town’s businesses giving support where he could. Councillor Cotter had been sitting patiently during the formal proceedings and admitted that he had been anticipating some hospitality in the form of food and drink as this had been plentiful on his one and only previous visit to the Society when our M.P. and President had attended. In consequence he had declined his wife’s offer of dinner before joining us. I think we all felt a bit guilty at this point. The Mayor praised the large number of clubs and societies available in the Town for the opportunities to learn and socialize (he thought that the range of activities offered by U3A was quite remarkable) and the Charities whose Members worked so hard to provide funds for deserving causes. He referred to the 3 Charities that he had sponsored during his year with many special events including his Charity Ball, the Annual Carol Service at All Saints church, (he also attended another 12 carol concerts!) a concert by the James Gough Band at Vandyke School another by the Rock of Ages singers and a meal and Belly Dancer at a Turkish Restaurant. His many visits to nurseries, schools, retirement and care homes ensured that he had a busy programme despite suffering an acute health problem in the early months of his year but it was readily apparent that he had thrown himself into his representative role with enthusiasm, genuine interest and good nature. The list of activities and places visited was endless including many outside the town. He particularly enjoyed a visit to Ely Cathedral and Priory Church in Dunstable. Some visits have a serious side others offer unexpected humour. At one Care Home he spoke with residents explaining who he was and what he did and as he was leaving he heard one resident turn to a neighbour and say ‘Who was that?’ There was also the class of 5 to 6 year olds who listened intently to his talk and inspected his chain of office, He then invited questions and one little boy said ‘You work at the White House don’t you?’ The mayor confirmed that he did and the boy then followed up with ‘Do you know Donald Trump then?’ Obviously the new generation know what is going on in the world! Councillor Cotter concluded by asking ‘Was it hard work?’ and answered ‘Yes but it promotes the Town’ The chairman thanked the Mayor for his talk which was warmly applauded. Presumably the Mayor then went home for sustenance! 7

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A National Trust Archaeologist and Stowe A talk by Gary Marshal—25 May 2017- 30 members enjoyed an illustrated talk on work undertaken by the Trust at Stowe House and gardens, a national treasure visited by most of those present. Gary has worked on the Stowe project for a number of years and started his talk by showing a slide of plans of the Estate in the 18th century. The house was built in 1717 and the owner Lord Cobham developed the estate of some 250 acres with lakes, bridges, temples, arches, columns, extensive statuary and other buildings. The New Inn was also built at that time at the entrance to the Grounds, to attract visitors, to what must have been one of England’s major attractions. The Inn provided food, drink, accommodation and a ticket office! The house and grounds had a chequered history over the ensuing 200 years prior to being taken over by the National Trust in 1989, including periods of neglect, change, repair and restoration but the starting point for the Trust related to the original plans and records. Stowe is well documented .There was a major sale of the contents of the house and grounds in 1920 and the grounds lost many statues and other treasures.. Stonework also disappeared although some lost and missing items were returned when the Trust’s work became known, including two statues. The Trust’s latest work commenced in 2015 and the archaeologists and other members of the team attempted to locate the original paths through the wilderness gardens and where successful, these were restored and surfaced with a distinctive yellowish material available on site. The lakes were silted up and had to be drained and replenished. The team attempted to locate the bases for the statues of Apollo and the 9 muses and the Gothic Cross. Two were in fact found but it was realized that others may now be under mature trees. We were shown slides of other work undertaken, including a generating house which was virtually derelict and overgrown with vegetation. It had an asbestos roof and this illustrated one of the real problems of restoration work. Obviously, asbestos cannot be used now, but how many times was the roof re-covered during the life of the building? Do you use an appropriate modern material or a material used in the past and if the latter which one? A similar problem arose with the New Inn. The building (a ruin) was purchased separately by the Trust and replaced with a new structure financed by a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £1.5 million pounds It again acts as the main entrance to the Grounds with a ticket office, restaurant and gift shop but it has been built to meet modern requirements and its only acknowledgement to the original is the layout of the buildings on the site. We were shown 2 slides of the front retaining wall of Cliveden House, Bucks which supports both house and terrace. The stairs from the terrace were originally at each extremity but presumably in one of the earlier refurbishment schemes they were repositioned in a central location. At the extremities two other walls have been discovered at right angles to the house. The limits had not been established from the slides shown and there is a question as to their purpose as possibly acting as further strengthening to the wall and house. One other issue mentioned by Gary (apart from the question of what you are restoring) (see above) is where to draw the line on the cost of a particular element of a refurbishment project. The historian may have one view, the archaeologist another and the layman a third (Food for thought! Your reporter) Gary was thanked by the chairman for an interesting talk by an obvious expert in his field. For future information on Stowe visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe On Cliveden https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden/lists/the-history-of-cliveden 8

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If you decide to visit Cliveden please note, the house is now a luxury hotel but you can take a peek inside by joining a short guided tour on Thursday or Sunday afternoons from April to end of August (timed ticket required). Anneliese Bird ( My apologies for any errors or important omissions) Cliveden restoration work, Source https:// www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden/features/ the-south-terrace-at-cliveden Aqueducts and Bridges in the British and Irish Canal Systems by John Poulter On 22nd June, John Poulter gave an illustrated talk to the Society about the aqueducts and bridges of the British and Irish canal systems, of which he had been making a study for many years. Bridges and aqueducts of all shapes and sizes were shown, including those made of iron, such as Thomas Telford’s famous aqueduct over the River Dee at Pontcysyllte near Llangollen, and John described some of the problems which the canal engineers had had to overcome – and sometimes didn’t. By way of local interest, John spent some time discussing the iron aqueduct which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Great Ouse between Cosgrove and Wolverton and which was erected by Benjamin Bevan of Leighton Buzzard. Although Bevan had undoubtedly had overall design authority for this fine aqueduct, John wondered if the technical design of the iron trunk itself might have owed something to the skills of the famous bridge-builder, John Rennie. The thought occurs that this might be a matter for further research. In the meantime, John provided a reading list for those members present who might wish to pursue the topic of canal aqueducts and bridges in greater detail and learn more about some of the personalities involved in their design and construction, including William Jessop, John Rennie, Thomas Telford and Benjamin Bevan. The Audience found the talk enlightening and interesting . Thank you, John Poulter. https://www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk/ The next public meeting on Wednesday 18th October at 7.45pm at All Saints Church, will focus on the subjects of locally-sourced food and environmentally-friendly farming. Guest speakers will be Farmer's Market stall holders who will be telling us about their commitment to farming in a way that reduces the impact on the wildlife. 9

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Low Carbon Town Over 70 people attended the Low Carbon meeting at All Saints Church in July where Chris Banks from RES Group explained the Smart Grid and the importance of developing effective electricity storage technologies, such as the giant battery on Woodman Close in Leighton Buzzard. This was followed by Bill Dunster who spoke about his radical but practical approach to solving both climate change and the housing problem by designing and building affordable, modular, zero-energy bills homes and retrofitting existing buildings with the latest energy-saving and energy-generation technologies. His emphasis was very much on using UK sourced materials and local labour and on making use of space available within existing urban areas, such as by building over supermarket car parks rather than expanding relentlessly into the Greenbelt. His presentation can be viewed here https:// drive.google.com/file/d/0B8gEOvNQVuPkOGVodTRnTW5FVE0/view No town or Central Beds Councillors were present though! The following morning there was a Stakeholders meeting which a number of the Society`s committee attended. At the Stakeholder Conference Bill again spoke about zero-energy housing and was joined on the platform by Thomas Mougkasis of UK Power Networks, Neil Witney from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ali Hadawi the Principal of Central Bedfordshire College. Ali spoke with great enthusiasm about the need to train the next generation of house builders and designers to be able to use and develop the new, greener building techniques. The conference was attended by representatives of local businesses, MP, council officers, councillors and local land owners. This lead Andrew Selous MP at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons on 12th July to ask a question , ‘Zero-energy bill homes at below market prices are being built by British architect Bill Dunster, with the support of the Building Research Establishment. Given their potential to help people find affordable housing, what more can the Government do to help expand this type of housing as part of our commitment to both enterprise and social justice?’ . Damian Green First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office responded ‘I know that my hon. Friend is an energetic campaigner for social justice. This is a very good example of how having a dynamic and flexible economy is not just good for the economy, but actually good for the whole of society. I am happy to join him in welcoming this type of innovation. Bill Dunster’s firm is a good example of such innovation. I know that it has been supported by the Government’s enterprise investment scheme, so the Government are doing their best to support this type of measure. We are stimulating the growth of the off-site construction sector, which enables more houses to be built, through our accelerated construction programme and the home building fund. This is another very important issue to make sure that we spread the benefits of prosperity around this country’. 10

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POTHOLES As I whizz around town on my 1980s classic bike (the male version is in the Coventry Transport Museum) I am aware of speed ramps and pot holes; no suspension on bikes in those days! I have taken to stopping and taking photos of potholes, collapsed drains and dangerous posts to report to CBC. http://www.cb-report-it.co.uk/index.aspx Although for every pothole I have reported this web page appears! I would be on the phone for hours reporting all the potholes I have reported online , so have not rung up again after my first attempt. I am pleased to say the collapsed grate by the zebra crossing in Old Rd has been fixed without me speaking to anyone, just reporting it online. So hoping to see the other potholes I have reported fixed before the winter. Sue James Lomond Drive and mini roundabout at junction of Himley Green and Bunkers Lane. 11

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LLAO Public Noise surgery Leighton Buzzard Tues 23 May The reference to Brian in this report is for Brian Wilson, the longstanding treasurer of PAIN. He is a Blue Badge holder & strives to provide a voice for local people who are disabled drivers or passengers within Central Beds. There is no official body that represents this category of motorist. Brian works with the Disability Resource Centre in Poynters Rd, Dunstable. Brian & I attended the above at Astral Park Community Centre, Leighton Buzzard, on Tuesday 23 May at about 4.30pm. The surgery was advertised to run between 4 & 7pm. Including ourselves, a total of 8 members of the public had attended by the time we left at 5.30pm. If you look on the Corporate website under Noise, Surgeries etc. you will see Brian & myself suitably engrossed! Same image as on right. http://www.london-luton.co.uk/corporate/community/noise After introducing ourselves we had what amounted to a thorough private briefing by Neil Thompson, Operations Director, aided as necessary by Nicole Morris (Community Noise Officer) & Neil Bradford, Communications Director (ex BBC TV Local news reporter) respectively. Kate Smith (Airspace Performance Officer) was also present at the surgery but she was dealing with other members of the public & did not participate in our session with Neil Thompson, Nicole Morris & Neil Bradford. Neil Bradford explained that he lives in Leighton Buzzard so has a vested interest in the outcome of this surgery & airspace violations etc. within the Leighton Buzzard conurbation. 1. Publicity for Surgeries. We queried the perceived "last minute/low key" publicity for this event. This was strongly denied & we were told that it had been earlier featured in the operations website, as part of a continuing programme of reaching out to local communities. Neil Bradford gave a breakdown of who & where emails & social media posting had been effected. These included all members of the LLACC, which surprised us as that implied that David Godfrey, our chairman of PAIN was mailed on 5 May. The LB Observer was also mentioned but again we had no recollection an advert or news item appearing in the paper or its online website. Obviously we stand to be corrected. It was Tweeted by the airport almost daily from the 9th May, which as a Society we are following on Twitter. By the time we left there had been 8 members of the public including ourselves & Cllr Ray Berry who made an earlier quick visit to show the flag 12

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as it were. He sits on the Noise & Track subcommittee. The Society`s Facebook page administrator had spotted the event on a post by the town council and had alerted members. 2. Blue Badge parking issues. Brian had mentioned receiving numerous complaints from local Blue Badge holders about the difficulty of parking for setting down & collecting airport passengers, which included fines being levied through APNR. Brian asked what was being done to alleviate/ eradicate this problem. LLAO response was that the recent improvements as part of the expansion scheme had resulted in a multi storey car park connected to the enlarged terminal building by an access bridge & lifts. Also there were new disabled parking bays out with the multi storey car park. Brian was offered & accepted a personal tour of the revised disabled parking facilities to enable him to be uptodate on the current disabled parking provision. This to be facilitated by Neil Thompson and Brian will ensure that he is accompanied on this tour by a representative from the Disability Resource Centre in Poynters Rd, Dunstable. 3. Noise from aircraft arrivals as affecting Leighton-Linslade residents. The present arrangements whereby aircraft flight paths are controlled by NATS so as to avoid the built up centre of L Buzz was explained by LLAO. NATS had tightened up the discipline of ensuring that planes adhered to the set routes, this had resulted in errant planes being fined. Nicole explained that all flights are tracked, logged & reported daily to NATS. Invariably notification of noise violations (Nicole is responsible for issuing these) are contested but on average £ 125,000 is received each year from this source which is diverted to fund community projects sponsored by LLAO. 4. Future developments to ameliorate Noise. We were told that both Easyjet & Ryanair were introducing new versions of their main "workhorse" aircraft Airbus A320 & Boeing 737 this year. Easyjet A320 Neo is scheduled to be in service 13 June but not from Luton. The 5dB reduction in noise actually is significant due to logarithmic scale which is not fully understood by the public. The biggest improvement will come from RNAV GPS based flight paths that incoming & outgoing aircraft will utilise in the next few years once all the consultation processes have been followed. When adopted this will reduce the current spread of flight paths from the median core paths that NATS & LLAO give each aircraft. We were shown the actual Arrivals flight paths as tabled to NATS for 5 May. The spread around L Buzz was significant. RNAV would reduce this to in effect, almost TWO thick 500 m lines, a very tight swathe north and south of Leighton-Linslade, but consultation will take 2-3 years before this can be implemented. 13

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5 Night flights. Was there a significant increase? LLAO said generally no, but there were increases in the late evening & early morning shoulders. The restrictions that are applied emanate as planning conditions from the planning application consent for the airport expansion. We were told that the restrictions on Noise are the lowest (i.e. tightest) in the UK. 6. Overall perceived increase in flights. LLAO admitted that the increase in flights since the planning application for the airport expansion had been granted had been greater than anticipated. Flights had 90/95 % load capacity. 7. Jargon We asked that less jargon be used in explanations, press releases and website. Jargon only confuses the general public...and others. We were thanked by Neil Thompson for attending. We gave permission for LLAO to use a photo, giving our names that Neil Bradford had taken during our session with Neil Thompson & Nicole. Brian asked that our accreditation to PAIN be mentioned. The photo appears on the corporate website under "Noise" but sadly our names & connection with PAIN don't get a mention. Having said that the photo is a fair representation of the quasi private briefing that we received primarily from Neil Thompson. LLAO were keen to stress that they welcomed consultees such as PAIN giving feedback via LLACC about any issues connected with the airport & its operations. PS. Since this session I have looked at what comes under the heading of "Noise" on the Corporate website. I was impressed. Not really ever having delved into this previously except to get the quarterly reports, I found that there is an absolute abundance of information, the more deeply you follow up the various links the more detailed the info. becomes. It answered so many questions about the airspace in our region. The presentation is clear & I found it easy to follow. If this is due to the hand of Neil Bradford then he is obviously doing his job given his background but in my opinion he deserves to be congratulated. http://www.llal.org.uk/LLAL-CorporateSocialResponsibility.html The next public surgery is at Baldock on the 14th November. John Sharp 14

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Committee Members Maurice Crowe David Cowell Rita Barry Tony Birch John Sharp Sue James Anneliese Bird Carole Perham John Hartley Chairman Secretary Treasurer Planning Transport Newsletter Editor/ Facebook Meeting Reporter 375217 372036 756874 373728 850067 Macandwendy @hotmail.com davidtjcowell@gmail.com ritapbarry@aol.com carolyn.birch4 @ntlworld.com sharpjfranklin@aol.com sue@cyberwebspace.net birdslb@tiscali.co.uk Committee member 371204 cpmowbray56@hotmail.com Committee member john_hartley@live.co.uk Happy 102nd Birthday to our eldest member, Wally 15

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