This email is to register that I am AGAINST night flights between 11pm and 7am to & from Manston Airport.
There are many occasions (particularly on Sundays) when aircraft approaching Manston fly very low close to my home. Although this is bearable during the daytime, it will not be during the night as my sleep will be disturbed.
I am sending this email to register that I am AGAINST NIGHT FLIGHTS between 11pm and 7am.
I feel that as I am so close to the flight path, night flights would not only disrupt my sleep but also that of my young children and that in turn would affect their ability to learn at school. Recent studies show children need a good amount of sleep each night for both growth and development but if night flights are allowed then how are they to receive enough sleep?? Surely with so many young families living in and around the area the long term effects of sleep deprivation as a result of night flights would only be negative!
I am totally against night flights between 11pm and 7am from & to Manston Airport.
At present, although I live miles from Manston, aircraft fly directly over my home flying into Manston Airport, often low enough for me to read the company logo on the side & tail fin.
he noise is disruptive in the daytime & extremely sleep disturbing at night.
Yesterday for example, Saturday 4th Feb’12 early afternoon, I was on the telephone to a friend inside my home & she asked me `what is that noise’ – I told her, `it’s a plane flying into Manston’ !
So, you might understand, that during the night, when those low flying planes have come over, it wakes one up from a deep sleep, you don’t know why, but then realise there’s a noise. what is it ?
I’ve experienced a fleeting panic on occasions wondering if it’s someone trying to break- in that’s woken me/ then you make sense of the sound as you lay in the darkness of the bedroom, you listen and because sometimes the plane flies so low you have to make sure they are going on safely to the airport & not about to crash.
It’s not just me that gets disturbed and worried, it starts the dog next door barking, she too wonders what’s that noise in the night !
I’ve had the same problem with the children a) because of the plane noise & b) then dog then barking. I have had to get up out of bed, settle the children back to sleep, that can take up to half an hour.
So, once a night of this disturbance/disruption occasionally to ones sleep is quite enough, anything more would be totally unbearable, especially when/if you’ve got to get up next morning early for the children or to go to work.
AS YOU WILL SEE FROM MY ADDRESS, I RESIDE DIRECTLY UNDER THE MANSTON FLIGHTPATH RUNNING TO THE EAST OF THE RUNWAY. FOR THIS REASON I AM CONSTANTLY AWARE OF FLIGHTS WHICH APPEAR TO BE UNDER A THOUSAND FEET FROM MY HOUSE.
BOTH HEATHROW AND GATWICK HAVE STRICT NIGHT FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE AND SHOW THE CONCERN THAT NEEDS TO BE SHOWN TO PEOPLE WHO LIVE CLOSE TO AIRPORTS IN GENERAL. CARGO PLANES TEND TO BE OLD TYPES WITH HIGH NOISE RATINGS AND MOST WOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO LAND BETWEEN 2300 AND 0700 AT EITHER OF THESE AIRPORTS.
HAVING FLOWN FOR MANY YEARS FROM VARIOUS AIRPORTS AROUND THE WORLD, I AM CERTAIN THAT NO LARGE EMPLOYMENT INCREASE WILL FOLLOW FROM ADDING NIGHT CARGO FLIGHTS AT MANSTON. MODERN AIRPORTS MUST BE EFFICIENT TO MAKE MONEY AND THIS MEANS LARGE STAFF NUMBERS ARE NEVER HIRED. WITH MODERN LOADING EQUIPMENT WHO NEEDS PEOPLE?
SINCE ALL THE DISCUSSIONS BEGAN ABOUT NIGHT FLIGHTS IT HAS SEEMED INEXPLICABLE TO ME THAT AN AIRPORT THAT CANNOT FILL ITS DAYTIME SLOTS WILL SUDDENLY BE ABLE TO FILL NIGHTTIME SLOTS.
WITH A NEW AIRPORT UNDER DISCUSSION FOR THE THAMES ESTUARY, SHOULD IT COME TO FRUITION USE OF MANSTON AS A REGIONAL AIRPORT WOULD BE PROBLEMATIC. IT WOULD BECOME JUST ANOTHER EX-WARTIME AIRBASE BEING CONVERTED INTO AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE. RAMSGATE HAS A GREAT HARBOUR AND IS WELL USED BY LEISURE BOATERS BUT THE NOISE OF LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT DOES NOT ENDEAR IT TO VISITORS. MARGATE WILL BE REBUILDING DREAMLAND AND TRYING TO ENLARGE ITS VISITOR NUMBERS BUT TOURISM IN GENERAL WILL NOT BE HELPED BY AVIATION NOISE.
I SEE MUCH WORK GOING ON TO RENOVATE AND REPAIR PROPERTIES IN RAMSGATE SOME POSSIBLY BEING PURCHASED BY PEOPLE WANTING TO MOVE INTO THE AREA WITH A VIEW TO COMMUTE TO LONDON. I CAN’T BELIEVE THESE SAME FAMILIES WILL ENJOY BEING WOKEN EVERY NIGHT BY JUMBO JETS.
UNFORTUNATELY, WITH LARGE CAPITAL PROJECTS, NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TEND TO RIDE ROUGHSHOD OVER LOCAL FEELINGS,MONEY SEEMS TO PUSH PEOPLE TO JOIN STRANGE BEDFELLOWS. I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS THERE TO PROTECT AND DO THEIR BEST FOR LOCAL PEOPLE, SO THIS MANSTON ISSUE WILL SHOW US WHOSE SIDE THIS LOCAL AUTHORITY IS ON.
IF MANSTON CONTINUES AS IT IS, WELL AND GOOD (IGNORING THE OCCASIONAL NIGHT FLIGHT). CONTROLS ON NOISE NEED TO BE IN PLACE AND ENFORCED. WRECKING THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT FOR THE SAKE OF 24 HOUR FLIGHTS AND THE PROFITS OF A NEW ZEALAND COMPANY SEEMS EXTREMELY ILL ADVISED. IF NOISE RESTRICTIONS ARE NECESSARY FOR HEATHROW AND GATWICK THEN SURELY THEY ARE NEEDED AT MANSTON.