02:51AM, Friday 08 March 2013
Royal Borough residents' views are being sought on night-time flying at Heathrow Airport.
The council has been asked to respond to the Department for Transport document night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted: Stage 1 Consultation.
Answers to 70 questions are sought on issues such as whether landing fees can be used to incentivise the use of quieter aircraft at night and if further evidence should be considered to assess the impact of the night flights regime on UK productivity.
A second consultation looking at specific proposals, such as the number of flights, which is due to start in the autumn.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: "This is the first-phase of a consultation that is crucial in letting the Secretary of State know the opinion of the Royal Borough on night time flying and the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
"The council is aware of the need to represent the views of many of our residents in wards such as Datchet, Old Windsor, Horton and Wraysbury who are affected by aircraft noise throughout the day but also at night when it is more intrusive."
Responses can be given until April 22 and will be discussed by the borough's cabinet at a meeting on April 25.
See the consultation here.