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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 June, 2005, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
Noise campaigners resort to beer
Steve Charlish
Steve Charlish says the beer will get tongues wagging
Protestors hope a new beer will boost their campaign against night flights at Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

They have launched a beer from Belvoir Brewery called Nightcap to raise awareness of their concerns.

New flight paths were introduced at the airport in May after a consultation process, but some residents say noise is still a problem.

Steve Charlish says the beer is another way to put forward their concerns in "a serious but simple manner".

Tongues wagging

He said: "It is something that will get tongues wagging - literally - in the area and we need to have people talking about this because it is an important issue for a lot of people.

"A beer that puts our case forward seemed a very good and responsive thing to do."

Airport managers have said they are committed to working with communities to keep noise disturbance to a minimum.

They say the new flight paths mean aircraft fly over fewer people than if they were using the "old" flight paths - and arriving aircraft will be higher and quieter.

The flight paths are necessary to manage the growth in air traffic, the airport said.

The changes mean that planes that used to fly in from the west of Leicestershire now arrive from the east.

The Civil Aviation Authority gave the Castle Donington site the go-ahead to use the new routes this spring.

It followed an extended consultation with people living in eastern Leicestershire and in the Beeston and Stapleford areas of Nottinghamshire.

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