MSP meets airport head over noise issue

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson had a “constructive” meeting with Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda 
McMillan over the problem of aircraft noise.

Aviation noise is a particular concern in parts of Bearsden and Milngavie, with people living 
under the flight path most vulnerable.

Mr Paterson described the meeting with Ms McMillan as “constructive”.

He now plans to present effective ways to the airport boss to outline what he feels could be done to help the residents affected by extreme noise, particularly from night time aircraft.

Mr Paterson said: “I was happy to meet with Ms McMillan to discuss matters surrounding a very serious and long-standing issue affecting many of my constituents, particularly those living directly under the flight path in Bearsden and Milngavie.

“Ms McMillan was very receptive to me carrying out further detailed work on the issue of aircraft noise and bringing forward suggestions for the possibility of a constructive way forward.

“I will do this with the view of hopefully making progress that is of mutual benefit to both the airport and the community living under the flight path.”

This latest concern from Mr Paterson follows fears he raised last August about the effects of aircraft noise on residents health after a British Medical Journal report suggested the din from aircraft engines could lead to an increased risk of heart attacks.

The report looked at data on aircraft noise and hospital admissions for people living near Heathrow airport over a couple of months.