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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 June, 2003, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Lobby warns of aircraft noise
airplane flying over houses
Some residents are worried about airport noise
The number of people disturbed by aircraft engine noise could quadruple if plans to expand the East Midlands airport go ahead, according to a new report.

According to the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), more than 12,000 people will be bothered by the aircraft noise by 2030 compared to the current figure of 3,000.

The countryside lobby group claims if government plans for a second airport runway are approved, more parts of the East Midlands will be affected because of an increase in flights.

A statement from East Midlands Airport, which is located at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, said: "We are obviously aware of the communities around us and have various procedures in place to minimise the impact on them.

Lobby groups

"Whatever happens in the future - that will remain a priority".

Local lobby groups have also been formed to oppose runway expansion in Stansted and Gatwick.

The CPRE says it wants the government to concentrate on investing in other forms of travel, such as the railways, instead of increasing air travel.

The group has published maps showing that within 30 years, more than 600,000 people across the UK could be seriously affected by noise.

Paul Hamblin, CPRE head of transport policy, said: "The quality of life of more than half a million people now lies in the hands of the secretary of state for transport.

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