Fakenham meeting to discuss low-flying jets

Chris HillSenior US Air Force officers have offered to attend a meeting in Fakenham to address complaints about noisy low-flying jets.Chris Hill

Senior US Air Force officers have offered to attend a meeting in Fakenham to address complaints about noisy low-flying jets.

Vital training flights for Afghanistan-bound aircrafts and crews forced rising complaints during the summer.

It prompted a meeting in December, hosted by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb in Holt, where senior British and American defence officials explained their training regimes.

But as one incident involving US jets caused particular annoyance in Fakenham, officers from RAF Lakenheath have also agreed to visit the town to answer questions from the public.


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North Norfolk district councillor Gloria Lisher told Fakenham Town Council on Tuesday that she hoped to organise a meeting during February.

'There were so many complaints about the noise, so I contacted Lakenheath and they agreed to give a presentation,' she said. 'In the interim, the other meeting was arranged in Holt, but they asked me if we still wanted to go ahead in Fakenham with solely the American officers.

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'I think they took the concerns very seriously and did not dismiss them as superficial.'

In July, Fakenham was used as a mock bombing target for two hours as two F-15s from RAF Lakenheath circled at low altitude.

At the meeting in Holt, Col John Quintas, commander of 48th Operations Group at RAF Lakenheath, said: 'The Fakenham incident was at medium altitude between 5,000 to 10,000 feet and was within our restrictions. We were flying in an area we were allowed to fly in, but it is forums like this that help us understand that we can still disturb people even when we are within the rules.'

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