Belfast residents call for independent inquiry into yet another roof tiles incident
safety after roof tiles on two bungalows in east Belfast were apparently dislodged
by a low-flying aircraft bound for George Best Belfast City Airport.
injured by a falling tile – details below].***
The photo is of Jean Wright, of Oval Court, East Belfast, standing in front
of the roof tiles which were dislodged in this incident. She has MS and says she
is in a state of shock today after the incident. She’s now very anxious something
worse could happen.
in Oval Court off Mersey St on 5th June, dislogding and moving more than 20 heavy
slate roof tiles from two bungalows. The incident was the second such case in
the area within just nine months.
Belfast City Airport Watch (BCAW), said the UK aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation
Authority, should be called in to investigate both incidents, and the whole issue
of aircraft safety for local people living close to the airport.
incident," she said. "Both these incidents could have resulted in serious injuries
open, and transparent inquiry which would properly investigate these incidents
to determine how any further accidents of this nature could be avoided in future,
and to examine whether the level of safety risk to which residents are being subjected
in the Civil Aviation Authority which is responsible for regulating aviation matters
in the UK, and has the necessary expertise to carry out such a task."
that he was minded to allow further expansion at the airport by lifting the official
‘seats for sale’ or passenger limit – all without any proper public consultation.
up for a public inquiry into plans by the airport to extend its runway.
now change his mind and firmly reject the airport’s request to lift the ‘seats
for sale’ cap," said Dr Fawcett.
be able to use the airport, heaping further misery on residents who already suffer
from both aircraft noise and the fear of a serious accident. Larger aircraft
produce even more wake vortex disturbance, and so a greater damage to roofs.
of ordinary people first. Literally tens of thousands of residents are affected
by aircraft noise.
second airport with spare capacity just 30 minutes’ drive away – it’s ludicrous
to even be contemplating further expansion at the City Airport."
east and south Belfast, and in north Down, affected by aircraft noise from the
noise is already a very real problem for many residents:
aircraft noise affected their sleep
when a plane flew over because they couldn’t be heard
weren’t getting enough sleep because of aircraft noise.
aircraft noise frightening.
and trade union organisations across affected areas within east and south Belfast,
and north Down. For more information on the campaign, visit:
was Karen Sanders (please check spelling of surname with her). Her tel no is 0784
997 3325. She lives in Oval Court off Mersey St.
Agreement which is an agreement between the Department of the Environment and
the Airport. The current Agreement came into force on 14th October 2008.
scheduled flights departing from the airport in any 12-month period to 2,000,000.
It was inserted on the recommendation of a panel which was appointed by the Planning
Service to conduct an official inquiry – termed an Examination in Public – with
regard to the airport’s Planning Agreement. Its report was published in 2006.
0811 or 0771 943 5662.
Further roof tiles incident at Belfast City Airport
was responsible for dislodging roof tiles in east Belfast, and that, on this occasion,
a man was unfortunately injured.
the third within the past nine months.
Edwin Poots, to insist – with immediate effect – that the airport does not allow
aircraft to fly so low over houses in this area.
an independent and transparent inquiry into these incidents, how further such
incidents can be avoided, and whether the level of safety risk to which residents
near the airport are being subjected is acceptable.
thorough review of safety – it is the UK body with responsibility for aviation
and is the only body with the expertise to undertake a robust review.
last Friday – to remove the airport’s official limit on the number of passengers
it can handle.
the intolerable noise problem which tens of thousands of local residents area
move in the light of these latest alarming incidents."
by aircraft noise in east and south Belfast, and north Down.
I was hit by roof tile dislodged by jet, claims Belfast resident
and votices, and cases from Birmingham airport at
nor heard any), following a jet passing and the now huge increase in the use of
bigger jets out of London City Airport (LCY). The first report of suspected blue
ice (which is iced water from the aircraft lavatories) was also this year.
expanding, would be something that should be addressed in the planning process
under health and safety. However, it seems that this is an issue no government
department wishes to touch. Another planning faliure.