Eleven pointed questions
Here’s an economy dozen of the finest, freshest questions to come marching in the door, demanding answers.
Would you please ask TDC to put the Schedule 106 currently applicable to Kent International/ Manston Airport up on its website so that the electorate can see what it says?
I notice that Infratil advises KIACC of the number of passenger and cargo flights each month. Could you please email me Infratil’s month by month breakdown of the number of aircraft movements for each of these categories for the period April 2009 to August 2010 or, better still, arrange for them to go up on TDC’s website?
Could you please ask Infratil to give a month by month breakdown of the number of cargo flights and the number of passenger flights between 23:00 and 7:00 from April 2009 to August 2010 and either email them to me or put them up on TDC’s website?
Can you assure those under the flight path that there is always air traffic control and RFF [Rescue Fire Fighting] at the airport whenever a plane lands or departs? [Any variation of ‘no’ in answer to this question is truly alarming for the populations of Ramsgate and Herne Bay.]
Does the current Section 106 define ‘scheduled’? [I note that Alan Stratford & Assoc raised the question of the definition of ‘scheduled’ in 6.22 of their Review of the Section 106 in 2005. This report was commissioned by TDC and is still on their website.]
For a flight to be ‘scheduled’, it simply has to be done according to a timetable. Unlike a passenger airline, a cargo airline’s timetable might vary considerably especially if it is flying fresh produce. The airport’s Geographical and Administrative Data states that Security requires 24 hour advance notice. Customs and Immigration requires notice by 15:00/16:00 hours on the previous day depending on whether it is summer or winter. In other words, these cargo flights which are arriving and departing during the night are not emergency flights; they have a schedule which has to be notified to the airport in advance. They are, therefore, scheduled night flights. Why have the appropriate fines not been collected for the Community Fund?
Who are the legal advisers who will be helping TDC through the negotiation process for the new Section 106 and how much relevant aviation experience have they got? I understand under the FOI we are entitled to know.
Why have TDC ignored the advice regarding Enforcement and Penalties in the report they commissioned from Alan Stratford & Assoc in 2005 [pps 31, 33]?
Could TDC please explain how ignoring Alan Stratford’s recommendations benefits the electorate?
Except in emergencies, all QC4 aircraft have been banned from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted between the hours of 23:30 and 6:00am since October 2005. No aircraft over QC4 are allowed to land between 23:00 and 7:00am. There is a movements limit and a noise quota. Could KIACC please explain, therefore, how QC4 aircraft come to be flying in over Ramsgate and Herne Bay at any hour of the night without penalty when this is not allowed at the UK’s busiest, noisiest airports? This benefits Infratil but I cannot see how it benefits TDC’s electorate.
Why has the consultation period on the night flights been reduced from 6 months to 12 weeks? Once again the benefits to Infratil are easier to see than the benefits to the electorate.