Ah, the joys of consulting. North-east Kent’s favourite airport is obliged to produce a Noise Action Plan for the Government, and we all get to say what we think. As it says on their website:
It is a DEFRA requirement that all UK airports prepare a Noise Action Plan (NAP) based on 2011 noise maps. These regulations are a result of the European Directive commonly known as the Environmental Noise Directive (END).
The NAP considers whether the current noise control measures are sufficient with respect to Manston’s operations, and also describes other measures that will be introduced over the coming years to further mitigate the impact of the Airport’s operations on the local community.
Bickerdike Allen Partners have been retained by Manston Airport to prepare a Noise Action Plan. In summary this involves the drawing up of a draft NAP for consultation with the Airport’s Consultative Committee and the wider public.
The Airport’s Draft NAP is now completed and we invite you to view and comment on this document during the 16 week consultation period from 14 March to 4 July 2014. Following consultation the plan will be finalised and submitted to the Government.
So Manston have called in their old pals from Bickerdike Allen Partners to conjure up a report for them. Yes, it’s the very same Bickerdike Allen Partners who were caught out under-stating the noise nuisance from Manston the last time Manston hired them.
Have they learned their lessons? Are their facts now crisp, and bang on the nail? Er, no. I only got to page 5 before the red mist rose and obscured the nonsense. Section 1.2.1 – Airport Location starts:
“Manston Airport lies approximately 20 km northeast of Canterbury, Kent and 4 km west of Ramsgate.”
Here’s a map, there’s the scale, there’s the airport, and there’s Ramsgate. Four kilometres? Really? What do you think?
You can download your copy of BAP’s fairy story by clicking the picture right.
There is a prize of incalculable worth to the reader who finds and sends in the greatest number of errors, half-truths and truth-omissions.
They’re still pushing the line that noise should only be monitored between 11:30pm and 6:30am. And they say that the S106 is effective. And so on.
Read it, carefully, and TAKE PART IN THE CONSULTATION. If you live under or near the flight path, please remember that these people do not have your best interests at heart – it’s time to make your voice heard.