THE MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Jack Lopresti, has called a public meeting to discuss the planning application for a helicopter base in Almondsbury.

Plans for the relocation of the Great Western Air Ambulance and police helicopter services to the site adjacent to the Almondsbury Interchange have come under heavy criticism from local residents.

Representatives from The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, BAE Systems, who own the Airfield, and South Gloucestershire Council will speak and answer questions at the meeting which will be chaired by Mr Lopresti.

He said: “I have called this meeting to bring together residents of Almondsbury, BAE Systems, the Great Western Air Ambulance the National Police Air Service and local Councillors so that all aspects of this proposal can be discussed.

“I know how worried some of the residents of Almondsbury are about having a helicopter pad based so close to their homes.

“This meeting will provide a forum for everyone’s views to be aired before Councillors make a final decision on the proposals.”

The public meeting will be held on Friday, June 19 at 7pm at BAWA Club, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG.