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There are two very important consultations taking place at present, the results of which will have a huge impact on the quality of life in Betchworth for the foreseeable future.
This is your very last chance to have your say.
Act today - tomorrow could be too late.
Consultation number 1 (See Stop Press news item No 1)
Post Implementation Review (PIR) on flight path changes from Gatwick.
This review finishes on the 5th January 2015.
Consultation number 2 (See Stop Press item No 2)
Increasing the UK’s long-term aviation capacity (Gatwick versus Heathrow)
This consultation ends on 3rd February 2015 11:45pm
This is your very last chance to oppose this unjust blight on your home and our environment.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is carrying out a Post Implementation Review (PIR). This review finishes on the 5th January 2015. So take action NOW
Take action by writing to or emailing the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Department for Transport.
Reference your correspondence: PIR Gatwick RNAV SIDs Airspace Changes.
- Please send or resend any emails to: mark.swan.GatwickPIR@caa.co.uk Emails sent to the above address will receive an automated response confirming that the included information will be considered.
- Get friends and neighbours to do the same
- Sign the petition asking for a reversal of the decision on flight paths
- Keep complaining to Gatwick re aircraft noise
Key Points to make:
- Ask for the flights departing towards the west and then turning north (RWY26 DVR/CLN/BIG/LAM) to be put back within the existing NPR and for the proposed change in the NPR boundaries to be rejected. (This will prevent aircraft flying close to the tranquil villages of Betchworth, Brockham, Leigh and Holmwood etc)
- Gatwick’s own figures show that the change in flight path increases the number of people affected
- This summer (2014) has been ...hell....blighted by aircraft noise from Gatwick Airport...We have been denied the right to enjoy of our homes... we chose to live here because we knew the NPRs were too far away to cause us noise pollution
- The Government’s guidelines emphasise continuity of existing arrangements. NPRs gave people predictability and were not meant to be moved
- 68% of the people affected by the new flight path are newly affected, which is contrary to this policy
- Moving the boundaries of the NPR west and north leads to more over-flying of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty west of the A24. (also Holmwood common a well known beauty spot) Government guidelines are that an AONB should only be over-flown if there is no practical alternative. The AONB attracts more than 500,000 visitors per year, adding substantially to those affected by the change
- Government policy also requires protection of tranquil areas. The proposed move of the flight path to fly further west and north would mean the loss of more tranquil areas such as in our Parish of Betchworth
Take action by writing to or emailing the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Department for Transport
(This is a new email address released by the CAA due to pressure)
Emails sent to the above address will receive an automated response confirming that the included information will be considered
See Stop Press for further help and contact addresses