Anger over NATS south coast flight path plans
(24.11.2007 UK Airport News)
a House of Commons debate. The new path will be over North Hampshire villages,
including East Woodhay, Crux Easton, Woolton Hill, and Ashmansworth, and parts
of West Berkshire, including Inkpen, Coombe, Kintbury and West Woodhay.
over plans by NATS (National Air Traffic Services), to introduce a new flight
path into Bournemouth and Southampton Airport.
‘fit for purpose.’
been ‘subcontracted by NATS to local MPs,’ adding: ‘although local authorities
also had that obligation, none of my parish councils were notified by them, and
NATS made no attempt to see if the cascade they asked for had taken place.’
accessing the consultation document online. He said: ‘They could not read the
last appendix, which details the estimated altitude of flights over their villages.’
post with a request to confirm receipt, while MPs were informed about the consultation
in writing and also sent the full document.
use in the early morning and evening. The NATS spokeswoman said: ‘The airspace
is used by the military during the day. The proposal is not designed around Bournemouth
or Southampton airports; the main aim is to relieve a bottleneck over Newbury
which causes particular delay to east / west, Heathrow / Gatwick traffic at the
peak periods in early evening and early morning.’
in March, or April.
The debate can be seen in Hansard of 19th November. Column 1072 Bournemouth
and Southampton airports