25 APR 2012

Success for Campaign to keep Police Helicopter at Filton

It has been publicly announced that the National Police Air Service have dropped controversial plans to relocate the police helicopter based at Filton Airfield to RAF Colerne. Local Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti, who led a campaign to stop the re-location of Filton's police Helicopter has commented on the announcement:

"The proposal to close the Helicopter unit at Filton and move it to RAF Colerne in Wiltshire would have had a very serious effect on the aircrafts' ability to reach incidents in the local area in an acceptable timescale. We started a campaign to prevent the move locally and I would like to thank all of my constituents who signed the petition on my website. As a result of the concerns I met with the Home Secretary and asked her to assess the implications of any move. I also brought the issue to the attention of Parliament in two debates and asked Parliamentary Questions to the Home office. It was clear to us that the flying time alone from RAF Colerne is approaching 20 minutes, leaving nothing at all to allow for communication difficulties and start up times. We submitted that the proposed move would make the aircrafts' ability to provide any meaningful service to Bristol almost impossible.

I am therefore delighted with the announcement and very pleased that the National Police Air Service has recognised the sound operational reasons for using Filton as a base"

Back to all posts


Parliament

Jobseeker’S Allowance (Sanctions) (18 Dec 2014)
Esther McVey: As this is the last parliamentary business before the Christmas recess, I want to start by wishing you Mr Deputy Speaker, the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) and all other Members and parliamentary staff a merry Christmas and happy new year. I also thank the right hon. Gentleman for securing this debate in order to bring closure to the matter and give him the clarification he...

Bill Presented: Backbench Business — Christmas Adjournment (18 Dec 2014)
Tom Brake: As I understand it, the situation will then be monitored to ensure that that happens. The hon. Member for Southend West also referred to his own personal contribution to the work done by maternity wards, in that he has five children. I congratulate him on that. He mentioned the mental health manifesto. He also talked about the all-party parliamentary hepatology group. He started that point...

Latest News

12 DEC 2014

Jack Lopresti MP presents Bristol Post Star Award

Today Jack presented a Bristol Post Gold Star Award to Mrs Olive Cooke for her lifelong dedication...


02 DEC 2014

Jack Lopresti MP sets up All Parliamentary Party Group for 22q11 Syndrome

Today Jack held the Inaugural Election of Officers meeting to set up an All Party Parliamentary...


19 NOV 2014

Jack Lopresti MP and Chris Skidmore MP met The Chancellor to lobby for funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance and for a new M49 Junction

Jack Lopresti MP and Chris Skidmore MP met The Chancellor to lobby for funds for the Great Western...