Insulation to help hundreds of Clydebank residents plagued by aircraft noise could be getting closer to being a reality.

Concerns that the plan to tackle the decades-old problem faced delays because of Glasgow Airport having to redo a consultation have been dismissed by bosses.

Clydebank MSP Gil Paterson said he views the situation as “just the start” with at least 600 homes in Whitecrook expected to benefit.

But campaigners want night flights stopped and more streets covered by the plan for better insulation and windows to reduce noise.

The airport carried out consultation on their draft noise action plan earlier this year simultaneous to one on their proposals for new flightpaths, which controversially has to be redone.

But a spokesman for the airport insisted they were finalising the noise plan regardless and were looking to complete their policy within 12 months.

That will include details on eligibility rules, the insulation packages, the extent of the money available and a timetable.

Mr Paterson agreed the airport will need to discuss with other agencies on exactly which homes are covered and who will do the installation.

But he praised activists in the area, particularly Tam Brady and Joe Henry, for pushing the issue.

Mr Paterson told the Post: “I hope insulation will be installed this year. It’s not in their interest to slow it down.

“The fact they’re doing it is good for the airport. It shows they’re willing to do something to assist people.

“I have no doubt they genuinely want to crack on. If I thought it was any different, I would say so.

“The one thing I’m delighted with at long last is action will take place. This is just the start.”

Mr Brady told the Post he had unanswered questions, particularly over night flights. He called for them to be halted or reduced until the insulation is in place.

Campaigners have long argued noise levels are higher than the averages calculated by the airport. Hundreds of residents attended a public meeting over the issue earlier this year.

Mr Brady said: “I’m delighted if this is to start immediately to protect people. Health is now a major issue.”