Public meeting in Crowborough hears from Bo Redeborn about his review of Gatwick flight paths

The MP for Wealden, Nus Ghani, organised a meeting on 23rd October for people in the Crowborough area who are being disturbed by flights over them, arriving at Gatwick. In August, in response to the high degree of opposition to changes to fight paths, Gatwick set up an “independent review” of air traffic, which will focus on Westerly Arrivals. This is being led by Bo Redeborn, who is being “assisted by a small independent review team which has been tasked with ensuring the involvement of local communities most affected.”  The review is to look at  whether everything that can reasonably be done to alleviate the problems which local communities are raising is in fact being done, (by Gatwick,  NATS, CAA, DfT or the airlines); and the approaches which Gatwick has adopted for providing information to the local community and for handling complaints are fully adequate for the task.  Bo Redeborn was present at the Crowborough meeting, and also Graham Lake, the Technical Adviser to the review team. They answered questions from concerned residents, who are not persuaded that Gatwick has either done enough or responded appropriately to concerns.  To submit your views about Gatwick Airport to Nus Ghani MP download a copy of the consultation form: Gatwick Feedback Form. 
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Terms of Reference for the Review can be found at the following link.

 

Crowborough

A couple of hundred people at Gatwick meeting in Crowborough

26.10.2015 (Crowborough Life)

Nus Ghani Wealden MP has thanked the residents who attended a public meeting at which constituents were able to question the leaders of the independent review of air traffic around Gatwick Airport.

The Gatwick meeting was held In response to complaints about noise by some local residents.  Gatwick has commissioned an independent review of the flight paths taken by arrivals.

The review is being led by Bo Redeborn who was previously Principal Director of Air Traffic Management at EUROCONTROL, the pan-European air traffic management organisation.

After the former MP Sir John Major stepped into the row earlier this year, Sir Roy McNulty Chairman of Gatwick said they were willing to look again at the policy which resulted in complaints from householders living under the flight path.

Mr Redeborn is being assisted by a small independent review team which has been tasked with ensuring the involvement of the local communities most affected. The stated aims of the review are to consider whether:

Everything that can reasonably be done to alleviate the problems which local communities are raising is in fact being done, whether this involves action by the airport or by other parties most closely involved – NATS, CAA, DfT or the airlines;

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The approaches which Gatwick has adopted for providing information to the local community and for handling complaints are fully adequate for the task.

At the meeting at All Saints Church in Crowborough on Friday evening (23rd October), Nus was joined by Mr Redeborn and Graham Lake, Technical Adviser to the review team. They had both kindly agreed to meet with her constituents and hear their concerns.

Nus said:

A huge number of my constituents feel very strongly that Gatwick Airport has not been doing enough to respond to their concerns about noise pollution. They are also clear that changes can be made to alleviate the disturbance they face, while making sure that Gatwick remains a vital economic resource for East Sussex.

That’s why I asked Bo and Graham to join me for this public meeting, which I’m very grateful to them for doing. Hundreds of consultation forms were filled in, which I hope will inform the conclusions of this independent review so that we can reach a mutually beneficial solution for all concerned.

Those who were unable to make the meeting shouldn’t feel that their voices are going unheard. I’ve posted the consultation form on my website, so anyone who wants to have their say should send it to me by Friday 30 October and I will pass their feedback on to the review team.

To submit your views about Gatwick Airport to Nus Ghani MP download a copy of the consultation form: Gatwick Feedback Form

Nus Ghani’s email address is: nusrat.ghani.mp@parliament.uk.

http://crowboroughlife.com/gatwick-flight-paths-crowborough-13606/

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Gatwick airport page on the Review

http://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/corporate-responsibility/airspace-strategy/airspace-review/

Terms of reference

 


Earlier:

Gatwick noise campaigners “optimistic” about flight paths review by Bo Redeborn

After weeks of negotiations, campaigners have reached an agreement with Gatwick over the terms of its review into controversial flight paths. Since last year there has been disturbance, upset and anger for miles around Gatwick, from increased aircraft noise, narrowed and altered flight paths. In  August Gatwick’s Chairman, Sir Roy McNulty, commissioned an “independent review” of air traffic, which will focus on Westerly Arrivals. It is led by Bo Redeborn, who for many years was Principal Director of ATM for EUROCONTROL. Local group Gatwick Obviously Not had threatened to ‘step up its campaign further’ if ‘substantial concerns’ about the terms initially proposed by the airport were not addressed. These included doubts about the transparency and impartiality of the process, its failure to consider both easterly and westerly arrivals and, crucially, the absence of ‘a fair and equitable dispersal’ policy. Now meetings have left campaigners optimistic that the process could be helpful. The review’s terms of reference have been altered, to include an assurance that “the review team will give particular attention to assessing the feasibility and implications of adopting a policy of fair and equitable dispersal’ which a number of campaign groups have expressed as a priority.”

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2015/10/gatwick-noise-campaigners-optimistic-about-flight-paths-review-by-bo-redeborn/

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Gatwick announces “independent review” of Westerly Arrivals due to the extent of opposition to changed flight paths

Due to the level of disturbance, upset and anger for miles around Gatwick, from increased aircraft noise, narrowed and altered flight paths, Gatwick’s Chairman, Sir Roy McNulty, has commissioned an “independent review” of air traffic, which will focus on Westerly Arrivals (ie. planes arriving from the east, to the airport, when there are westerly winds).  The review will be led by Bo Redeborn, who for many years was Principal Director of ATM for EUROCONTROL. Gatwick airport says Mr Redeborn “will be assisted by a small independent review team which has been tasked with ensuring the involvement of local communities most affected.”  The review is to look at whether, for westerly arrivals: “Everything that can reasonably be done to alleviate the problems which local communities are raising is in fact being done, whether this involves action by the airport or by other parties most closely involved – NATS, CAA, DfT or the airlines.”  And if Gatwick’s approach to providing “information to the local community and for handling complaints are fully adequate for the task.”  Thousands of people do not believe Gatwick is succeeding on either. The review is to begin on 1st September 2015. It may end in November, but may be extended if more consultation is needed. There will be a review of Easterly Arrivals later on.

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2015/08/gatwick-announces-independent-review-of-westerly-arrivals-due-to-the-extent-of-opposition-to-changed-flight-paths/