RSP – a company owned by mystery investors in Belize – is consulting the public about its plans to compulsorily purchase the old airfield at Manston (closed since 2014 when it went bust again) as a national cargo airport. Almost half of air cargo travels by night.
Those of you who lived here when the airport was open know that the flight path runs the length of Herne Bay, and straight across Ramsgate. You’ll also know what a cargo plane coming in to land sounds like.
The new developer wants night flights. Whilst saying to the public “there won’t be night flights”, it is proposing to the Secretary of State that it should be allowed to have more night flights than are allowed at Heathrow, and noisier planes than are allowed at Heathrow. If you doubt that (and a lot of people do because Sir Roger Gale MP is campaigning alongside the developer and spinning the same line) do email me and I’ll send you the factual analysis by No Night Flights that looks at the developer’s proposed night flight regime. What you need to know is that the scheme they are asking for means that there is no limit in terms of the number of planes that they could fly over us at night.
RSP is saying in the consultation material that night flights won’t affect ANYONE in Herne Bay and so there is no noise insulation scheme or anything like that planned for us. They say that up to 18 flights a night won’t have any impact on us because we all wake up that many times a night naturally. I kid you not.
Consultation ends at midnight on Friday 16th February.
There are two ways in which we can fight this – both can be done in a simple, one-shot email.
- One way is to persuade the Sec of State that the consultation is inadequate. The developer MUST provide enough information for us to reach “an informed view” about the plans for a cargo airport and the impact of that cargo airport on us. Frankly, the developer has done a rubbish job here. Most people don’t even know that the consultation is going on. If you don’t know what this proposal means for you and this community, then RSP has failed to meet its consultation obligations.
- The other way is to tell the developer of the impact that the plans will have on us and that the cost to the local community is too high a price to pay.
You can do both in one simple email. Could you please email:
by midnight on Friday 16th February and tell them any or all of the following that apply:
- you didn’t know about the consultation
- when you did find out about the consultation you looked at RSP’s plans but it’s 3,900 pages of technical gobbledygook and you don’t know what they mean for you
- you went to the one consultation event in your town but didn’t get answers to your questions
- you went to the one consultation event in Herne Bay and you were told that there would be no noise impact on us and you know, from past experience of a MUCH smaller operation at Manston, that that’s nonsense
- you went to the one consultation event in Herne Bay and were told that there would be no night flights, but you can see that RSP is submitting a whole plan to allow for limitless night flights
- low-flying planes over this town night and day will damage our sleep, our health and our tourist industry
- some/all of the above or any other comment you want to make having looked at their documents yourself.
Please also copy that email to firstname.lastname@example.org – PINS is the decision-maker. The developer (RSP) doesn’t have to tell PINS in detail about what we, the public, say… so we’re making sure that PINS hears this direct. You can also copy it to email@example.com – we’re the gang who are coordinating resistance to the plan to have cargo planes over us day and night.
If you have questions, if you want more material, let me know. I’m collating a suite of documents that will be the response from No Night Flights to this proposal and am swimming in evidence to demonstrate how the developer is misleading the public about the true impact on us. Just ask!
Apologies again for asking this. I’ve looked at the proposals. I’ve campaigned on this topic for years. I know exactly what impact night flights will have on me and on our life here. Frankly, if the developer gets what they want, we’ll need to move out – I don’t want to live under a flight path that has a worse night noise regime than Heathrow.
If you’re as worried or as cross about this as we are, please copy this email to friends and ask them to lob in an email as part of the consultation too.
Many, many thanks in advance.