Low flying jets in the Lake District ... friend or foe?
Should low flying military aircraft be officially banned from the skies over the Lake District? Do jets undermine the peace that attracts people to the national park or are they an added attraction? Have your say. . .
The Lake District National Park Authority has rejected a motion by one of its members to ban low flying military aircraft from the skies over the Lake District.
Maureen Colquhoun believes military aircraft flying over the Lake District are "totally destructive and unacceptable in the most beautiful part of Britain". She says it's no longer necessary for RAF jets to fly so low, causing annoyance.
Ms Colquhoun put a motion to the National Park Authority urging it to tell the government that low flying exercises in the area should be restricted. The authority voted against the motion ten to two.
The RAF however defend low flying exercises, arguing low flying is a skill pilots need to keep practising. Current regulations mean towns and cities are avoided so most training takes place over the countryside.
Tony Parrini speaks for the RAF on community relations with people in Cumbria. He says if the planes didn't use the Lake District, other areas will experience increased use.
last updated: 01/09/2008 at 11:21