CONCERNS have been raised over the impact of ‘low heights’ being flown by aircraft over an East Renfrewshire village.

Uplawmoor residents expressed their frustration at the arrival of the new Emirates A380 Airbus (pictured), which landed at Glasgow Airport for the first time in April this year and carries out regular services between Glasgow and Dubai.

They say that the ‘superjumbo’ aircraft, along with other flights, had been flying at ‘lower heights’ in recent months.

Rob Williams, chairman of Uplawmoor Community Council, told the Barrhead News: “The arrival of the huge A380 at Glasgow Airport offers great opportunity for local business with increased numbers of tourists. 

“It’s also a surprisingly quiet aircraft most of the time, as well as providing the opportunity for airlines to condense a number of smaller flights into one.

“However, we have asked for an update from the operations team about increasing numbers of other aircraft coming over Uplawmoor at lower heights in recent months.

“Volunteers from the village spent hundreds of hours last year, and the airport spent a lot of money, reviewing and providing feedback on plans that came to nothing.

“When the airport restarts work on their new flight paths, we would encourage them to engage with the communities in the surrounding areas as early as possible.”

This comes just one year after a row to prevent the sleepy village from being subjected to loud and invasive aircraft noise, under new flight path proposals put forward by the airport hub.

The plans would have brought planes flying over Uplawmoor as often as every seven minutes, sparking outrage.

As well as the likely noise increase, the potential for a rise in levels of air pollution had also caused concern.

However, changes made by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to how consultations are carried out means the plans have been put on hold until at least 2021.

And it’s understood a second round of consultation with those impacted is likely to take place towards the end of this year.

A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “There have been no changes to the flight paths used by aircraft flying to and from Glasgow Airport. 

“Airports cannot make any changes without approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and that approval can only be granted on completion of an ‘airspace change’ consultation. 

“We’re currently finalising plans for our consultation process, the first stage of which will be to seek feedback from local communities on design principles. 

“Once agreed, these design principles will then inform the development of any new routes. 

“This stage will get underway in the coming months with a consultation then held in mid to late 2020. 

“In the meantime, we have a WebTrak tool on our website which allows people to review both the flight paths and decibel levels of aircraft at Glasgow Airport. 

“It can be found at”

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