Planes over Chilterns would be a ‘safety risk’
3.5.2008 (UK Airport News)
over The Chilterns pose a significant safety risk, the county council’s cabinet
member for strategic planning has warned. Air traffic control company National
Air Traffic Services (NATS) is running a major consultation on changes to airspace
from planes departing and arriving from several airports in the south east.
west from Luton Airport will be re-routed further south, relieving Wendover and Princes Risborough of
overflights, but pushing planes over the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty at a significantly lower altitude than present.
airport, causing them to overfly villages such as Ivinghoe, Pitstone and Edlesborough.
of formulating a response to the proposals, said that in Buckinghamshire there
would be ‘winners and losers’ as a result of the changes, ‘making the submission
of a response from this authority a sensitive issue.’
‘As much as residents we might not like planes going over our houses, we do enjoy
going on holiday.
fly at low altitudes of 3500 to 5000ft across The Chilterns, adding:
factor when you take into account the height of The Chilterns and the margin of
safety is significantly reduced.
particularly from London at weekends.’
make any proposals which we considered in anyway to be unsafe.