B&NES Council raises concerns over Bristol Airport expansion

Bath and North East Somerset Council has agreed to pass on concerns over expansion plans by Bristol International Airport to North Somerset Council and has called on the airport to improve public transport links to the region.

An amendment motion tabled by the Conservative Group at a Council meeting last night recognised the economic benefits improvements to the airport could bring to the region, but also raises concerns about the impact increased flights could have on noise, congestion and the environment.

The motion, tabled by Conservative Councillor Peter Edwards, B&NES Council’s representative on Bristol International Airport’s consultative committee, also added an agreement to consult parish councils and local residents over the airport’s plans. A future meeting of B&NES planning committee will now include a discussion on the expansion plans to allow local people a chance to make representations on the matter before a formal submission is made to North Somerset Council, the authority responsible for granting permission for any expansion.

Following the Council meeting, Councillor Edwards (Con, Publow&Whitchurch) said:

“Many local residents will have concerns about the potential impact of Bristol Airport expansion, particularly regarding increased noise, congestion and environmental impact. It is essential that the airport improves public transport links and reduces the number of cars that drive to the airport.

“We of course have to recognise the economic benefits that a good regional airport brings, and during these tough economic times all new job creation has to be encouraged. But any development of the airport must take steps to address its environmental impact and the impact on the region.

“Bath and North East Somerset Council will pass these views on to the North Somerset Council as well as the airport and consult further with local people and Parish Councils on the matter.”