Ask the neighbours
I HAVE read with interest the arguments to keep Plymouth airport and have been approached to sign a petition, which I refused to do.
The reasons for this, some might say, could be selfish.
I would now like to voice my opinion and see if anyone agrees with me.
I would like it to be known that we often used the London flights if the price was competitive to either the train or to drive and the times were compatible.
Yes, this was a big bonus for us only living two miles from the airport. So I'm not speaking as someone who has never used the service.
However, our row of houses was in the direct flight path for the majority of the flights, wind depending, so at 6.40am each morning we were woken by the first flight of the day, seven days a week.
This would continue throughout the day. Then the return flights we could almost see the pilot, wheels were down etc and the noise – well if you were in the middle of a conversation you would have to wait until the plane had flown over. Some might say, "So what?" but this was a continuous annoyance all day until late at night.
There was then talk about extending the runway to take larger aircraft. Again, this is not something that I would like to have to live with on a permanent basis and I ask all those who are fighting for the airport if they would like to have to live with this.
I'm not completely sure if any residents closer to the airport ever had any compensation, but I can assure you that we certainly didn't or even consulted on how it was affecting our lives.
We travel abroad about four times a year and as much as I miss the chance to be able to fly to Gatwick, I don't miss the noise one bit and I feel our quality of life has improved.
The ideal site for a newer bigger airport would have been Sherford, but I don't think that would have suited those residents in that area and there would have been a hue and cry had it ever been suggested.
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