Enduring noisy fighter jets is part of Wales’ military ‘contribution’, Tory MP suggests
A Tory MP has suggested that enduring the noise made by fighter jets is part of Wales’ and Aberconwy’s “contribution” to the British military.
Robin Millar, the MP for Aberconwy, has offered his “thanks” to his constituents for the “part they play” by putting up with a “real source of annoyance, and even distress”.
He told the House of Commons that although he would “continue to represent the concerns of constituents who are affected” by the noise of coming from the aircraft based at RAF Valley on Ynys Môn, but added that he “must also recognise that it is the sound of freedom”.
The Conservative politician said there is “no doubt” that the “bucolic idyll” of the “sound of birdsong and insects on a sunny day in Dyffryn Conwy” is being “shattered by the noise of the Texan T1s” , based at the training centre for fast jet pilots.
He also said that he has been “working with colleagues to mitigate this issue”.
Millar said: “There is no doubt that the sound of birdsong and insects on a sunny day in Dyffryn Conwy is a thing of beauty: it nourishes the soul. There is also no doubt that that bucolic idyll is shattered by the noise of the Texan T1s, the basic fast jet training aircraft used at RAF Valley.
“I know that this can be a real source of annoyance, and even distress, to many of my constituents. I acknowledge those concerns and have been working with colleagues to mitigate this issue, moving more flights over the sea rather than the land and reducing the windows during which those flights take place.”
He added: “I am also encouraging colleagues in the Ministry of Defence to make more effort to explain the work that is happening. This is a partnership—a real relationship that needs communication, and can be helped only through greater and better understanding.
“For now, while I continue to represent the concerns of constituents who are affected by the sound of those swirling, soaring Texans overhead, whether in their homes, in their businesses or on their farms, I must also recognise that it is the sound of freedom.
“This is a real price: a local contribution that many pay daily. It is a real part of Wales’s and Aberconwy’s contribution to our nation’s defence, so in conclusion, I offer my thanks to my constituents for the part they play.”