Fears over plans for more flights overhead
The fight to protect the peace and tranquility of Dedham Vale seems to be a constant one. Last week, a consultation was launched to assess the impact of changes to flight paths into London City and London Biggin Hill airports.
President of the Dedham Vale Society, Robert Erith, said this new consultation could be the beginning of a new battle
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Noisy changes are in the air for tranquil Dedham
A consultation has been launched to assess the impact changes to London City and London Biggin Hill arrivals will have on north Essex. The proposed flight path changes would see traffic for the airports cross the Dedham Vale area of outstanding natural beauty. There wuld be an extra two flights per hour in the daytime - the equivalent to 168 extra flights a week.
For more information and to have your say, visit www.londonairspaceconsultation.co.uk
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|Members will have noticed the substantial level of jet aircraft
flights over the summer months, the noise being all the more distressing
after the blissful days of quiet as a result of volcanic ash.
Contact has resumed with National Air Traffic Service (NATS) who
have sent flight path details which show that there is a continuing
heavy volume of aircraft traffic particularly over the Northern
half of the AONB and this has changed little for some time.NATS is committed to implement new flight paths but before they
can be established, NATS is to have a further consultation which
may take place at any time from September 2010 onwards.NATS understands what the High Court Judicial Review outcome obliges
it to do and in that regard we have their assurance that their
future consultation on their proposal for this airspace considers
the environmental impact of noise and visual intrusion upon the
We shall urge that the consultation takes place
as soon as possible and it is most probable that we shall be
asking members to write
or e-mail once again when the new consultation document occurs.
The last consultation on NATS’ previous proposals would have
been generally beneficial to the Vale but was withdrawn due to
spirited opposition from people living under the proposed flight
paths. It is a fact that those who shout loudest get heard and
we will have to be in good voice when the time comes.
Members will be kept in touch with events through the website.
Robert Erith, President,
28 July 2010
anger at delay on flightpaths
(Essex County Standard 26 February 2010)
The Dedham Vale area of outstanding natural beauty
has become an area of outstanding unnatural noise, say campaigners
for a flightpath change.
Villagers living in the peaceful Dedham Vale face years of continued
disruption from planes after a public consultation into changing
flightpaths was delayed again.
Air Traffic Service (NATS) has announced it will not hold a new
consultation until September at the earliest. That
means it would be unlikely that any routes would be changed before
Click to view the article in the Essex
County Standard on 26 February 2010 (pdf 238Kb)
Airspace Changes to be Postponed - Yet Again
release issued by Stop Stansted Expansion 24 October 2009)
National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has announced
yet another postponement of plans to change flight paths and
aircraft stacking areas across East Anglia.
The official reason given for this latest delay is the lack of urgency for the
changes as a result of the downturn in the air travel market over the past two
years, but there is no doubt that the overwhelming strength of community opposition
to the plans is also a key factor.
So great was the opposition that NATS agreed to
go back to the drawing board and re-consult. Although scheduled
for July this year, the consultation was subsequently pushed
back to the end of 2009. Now, it is understood that it will be
another year before revised proposals emerge.
here for the full press release or visit the Stop
Stansted Expansion website
Back To The Drawing Board For Proposed Airspace Changes
(Press release issued by Stop Stansted Expansion 23
Stansted Expansion (SSE) has welcomed news that the airspace
change proposal put out to consultation by National Air Traffic
Services (NATS) exactly a year ago is being taken back to the
drawing board after an overwhelming thumbs down from people
across the region.
to conduct a new consultation later this year on revised proposals
for flightpaths and holding stacks in the area of south-east
England known in airspace terms as Terminal Control North were
revealed in a letter sent to Stop Stansted Expansion [see
text of letter dated 19 February 2009 in Note to Editors].
proposal to change aircraft stacking areas, arrival and departure
routes for planes using Stansted and other airports in the
south east in the years to 2014 caused uproar across Essex,
Herts, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire because of the threats posed
to the tranquility of rural areas. Overall, there would have
been more losers than winners around Stansted Airport, extra
flying miles and increased emissions per flight. Many who had
never been overflown would have seen a radical change in the
character of their area.
has been highly critical of the inadequacies of the original consultation,
not least NATS’ failure to offer any explanation for the proposals
or to provide any meaningful information on the other options considered.
SSE also sought proper examination of offshore stacking options and
an explanation of the assessment methodology used in order to ascertain
what level of importance NATS attached to environmental and community
impacts as opposed to cost
savings and efficiency gains for its airline shareholders.
original consultation, which was billed by NATS as ‘the biggest
ever consultation on airspace change’, caused a furore across
the region as communities mobilized in force to oppose the plans. Of
more than 15,000 responses received from members of the public (including
578 from MPs, local authorities, parish councils, environmental groups
and other representative bodies), some 86 percent objected to the plans.
Even the House of Commons Transport Committee instigated an inquiry
into the proposal because of the widespread concerns and interest it
Commenting on the
news, SSE Campaign Director Carol Barbone said: “For once, people
power seems to have had an effect. We welcome the re-appraisal since
the original proposal put forward by NATS would have created far more
losers than winners, adding unnecessary extra flying miles and increased
noise and emissions across rural East Anglia .”
“Our hope now
is that NATS comes back with proposals which take on board the widespread
concerns which have been expressed,” she concluded.
Osborn, 24th February 2009
objections to Stansted Second Runway Application.
On behalf of the Dedham Vale Society, Robert Erith, submitted an objection
to the second runway proposal at Stansted airport to
Uttlesford District Council.
here to view
response to the DVS submission
National Air Traffic Service's detailed and specific response to the
Dedham Vale Society's
submission can be viewed
here (pdf 106Kb)
from the Dedham Vale Society
to NATS Terminal Control North – Proposed Changes to Airspace
a result of these consultations and following discussions with our
on behalf of the Dedham Vale Society our response to the propsals have been
as can be viewed here (pdf
note it is very important that you send your views to NATS before the
closing date of Thursday 19th June.
This is very important as there has been a high response from elsewhere.
The address is: TCN Consultation, NATS, Freepost NAT22750, Reading, RG1 4BR
Or visit www.nats.co.uk/TCNconsultation
Erith TD DL, President 10th June 2008
Second Runway application called in - Public Inquiry next April
In response to the Dedham Vale Society’s objection
to the second runway proposal at Stansted Airport
a letter has been received from the Secretary of State calling in the application
public inquiry on 15th April 2009. Click
here to view
An attachment lists the key points which the Secretary of State wants to hear
and several of these concern environmental matters. When the Society becomes
involved in the
enquiry process it will be helpful to know that these are the key points at issue. Click
here to view
Air Traffic Services Consultation: It’s Urgent That You Make
Your Voice Heard
will probably be aware that, following the Society’s successful
application to the High Court, a consultation exercise is currently
underway concerning the future use of the airspace over southern
East Anglia, including the Dedham Vale, Stour and Orwell estuaries
and the Shotley peninsula.
was previously largely undisturbed by concentrated aircraft
noise, but since March 2004 has become the target for up to
90% of inbound traffic approaching Stansted and Luton airports
from the east, some of which then ‘holds’ at the
ABBOT hold near Sudbury. This present concentration of traffic
over our area was never forecast, never consulted upon and
its environmental impacts were never assessed – although
many people feel them to be significant and adverse, both for
our area and for the Stour and Orwell AONB (SOS) to the east.
The new proposals
appear to be seeking to address the unforeseen consequences
of the 2004 Airspace Change and will lead to a more dispersed
impact by separating out the Luton traffic and by establishing
two new holds in place of the Abbot hold. The consultation
document also suggests that the principal route of aircraft
arriving into southern East Anglia will be over the Port of
Felixstowe and along the A14 corridor, i.e. north-east of the
Shotley Peninsula and Dedham Vale. Please see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ illustrations
extracted from the Consultation Document (E18 and E19).
Click to view the ‘before’ and ‘after’ illustrations extracted
from the Consultation Document (pdf 222KB)
The Dedham Vale Society
(DVS) believes that the avoidance of a large tract of countryside which
is nationally designated for its landscape qualities and tranquillity
is to be welcomed – not simply for the benefit of those who live
there, but for the many thousands who use this countryside for quiet
recreation. It is recognised that existing impacts will inevitably
be displaced elsewhere, with consequences for other areas. However,
if the traffic has to go somewhere (and that issue is not being consulted
upon), it is considered that a proposal which seeks to protect extensive
nationally designated landscapes should be supported – using
the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation as an objective
measure. Other areas likely to be affected by the proposals are (understandably)
campaigning against them. We understand that both Babergh District
Council and Suffolk County Council are refusing to support the proposed
changes. If the DVS and SOS do not make their voices heard clearly,
then they may well be drowned out by protests from elsewhere. The full
consultation proposals can be viewed on NATS’ website (www.nats.co.uk/TCNconsultation)
and at public libraries.
The DVS committee
will be making a response on behalf of the Society. However, the committee
considers it vitally important that members also make individual responses.
It is suggested that points such as the following might be made:
- I/we have seen
the TCN Consultation Document (or visited the NATS website).
- I/we support
routeings which remove the present concentration of traffic over
the Dedham Vale and Stour and Orwell AONB’s.
- This would bring
over-flying more closely into line with local expectations for the
2004 Airspace Change, the unexpected effects of which have been harmful
to the Dedham Vale and Stour and Orwell AONB’s.
- This consultation
will only be of value if mechanisms are put in place to ensure that
traffic actually flies in accordance with the arrows shown on the
- Outbound flights
from London airspace are also of concern. This proposed Airspace
change must not lead to further outbound traffic moving northwards
over the environmentally sensitive areas from which inbound traffic
is to be displaced.
Letters should be
addressed to: TCN Consultation, NATS, Freepost NAT22750, Reading
RG1 4BR and sent as soon as possible, to arrive no
later than 19th June, so there is NO TIME TO LOSE.
If you write one letter in the next three weeks, the committee hopes
it will be this one!
TOLHURST, Chairman, 23rd May 2008
Air Traffic Services Consultation Period Extended
consultation period on proposed air space changes across the South-East,
including the Dedham Vale Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been extended from 22nd May to 19th
Air Traffic Services Consultation Document and the Dedham Vale
three month period from mid February until 22 May 2008 will be
used for consultation on proposed air space changes across the
South-East. This follows the publication of a new document from
the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) who are concerned to
move flight paths away from populated areas and reduce the environmental
impact of the rapid increase in passenger flights. The proposals
are wide-ranging and include a lengthy section of the Dedham
Vale as well as many other parts of the south east.
Vale Society members will, no doubt, remember the High Court
action taken by Tom Hill with the backing of the DVS In December
2005. The five day action against the CAA and NATS resulted
in a complete vindication of the case as presented by Tom Hill's
legal team of the need to establish that the special protection
accorded by Parliament to AONBs should not be overridden by
accident through an airspace change which failed to predict
its impacts accurately.
The recent article in the Essex County Standard on 22
February 2008 reports on 'Flightpaths
Plan: winners and losers' (pdf
enlightened decision by the DVS Committee to fully support this action
and to contribute towards Tom Hill's costs was fully vindicated by
the Judges decision at the time. The Committee, DVS members and those
that enjoy the Dedham Vale will have reason to be pleased to see that
the proposals in the NATS consultation document take full account of
that judgement. Lee Boulton, Airspace Planning Manager for NATS, is
quoted as saying "following CAA guidance flight paths have been
moved further north which means arrivals to Stansted Airport will be
pushed from the Dedham Vale across the Stour and Orwell estuaries towards
Ipswich. As a result we are expecting less flights over the Dedham
Vale". In a reference to the legal action and judgement he stated "As
part of the judicial review with the CAA we are taking into account
the decision and are abiding by that agreement".
Quoted in the Essex
County Standard on 22 February 2008 DVS Chairman Wilf Tolhurst commented
that the DVS will be happy if the result of the consultation is the
same as the proposal.
Following the closing
of the consultation period on 22 May 2008 the findings will be passed
to the Civil Aviation Authority and a decision on whether they can
be adopted will be made.
A website for the
consultation has been set up at www.consultation.nats.co.uk where
you can find detailed information. We include here two documents available
from this NATS website:
Osborn, 4th March 2008