I would like to register my objection to any increase in night flying at Manston. I and my neighbours are regularly disturbed by take-offs and landings at Manston during the daytime and any extension of this tonight times would be intolerable.
We live directly under the flight path. During the day when the largest of the aircraft come over to land the noise is almost unbearable. But as it is during the day we can hear the planes approaching and are ready for the noise. If they were any closer to our home they would be landing on the roof. If these planes were allowed to land during the night time we would be asleep and would not hear them approaching. Imagine being awoken to this terrible noise. This would greatly have an impact on our health.
If Thanet Council allow night flights are they going to give us
1. Extra double glazing
2. Extra noise protection within the roof area
3. Reduce our rates
4. Reimburse us for the devaluation of our properties
I will personally record the noise and if Environmental Health don’t intervene will take Thanet Council to the European Court. Whatever the costs.
I have lived for a time at Manston and the noise there is not as loud as it is on the approach over our properties. I feel sorry for the children that will wake. I can’t emphasise enough the terrible roar of engines which sound as though the planes are going to crash onto our properties I suggest that the spokesman/woman for the Council stay at some of the addresses that will be affected to see if this is acceptable. During night hours the noise will be even greater because the daily background noise pollution will not be there.
Ramsgate has an extremely large volume of listed properties (including mine) with single glazed windows. We do not want noise equivalent to thunder flying over in the evening and waking our children. There are many other factors for not considering night flights as practical. Some of these include the environmental impact (from pollution), drastically reduced house prices for investors and other home owners. Other airports such as Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow are plainly more appropriate for scheduled passenger flights due to the proximity to London and cost for transport irrespective of high speed rail services (which are cost prohibitive for most).
I’m most interested in participating in the campaign to stop Manston Expansion. My husband runs a SME business with 9 employees and I have just set up a company based in Ramsgate. We work, pay tax and will be looking to employ local talent. My business requires clients to come and stay in Ramsgate to attend my courses – but who will want to come and stay under a flight path. I am afraid that if this goes ahead, I will have to re-think and possibly move both my family and company.
Improving the area with respect to holiday visitors is the obvious investment strategy post HS1 and mid recession. We could see a huge and very positive difference in the influx of investors in the area and early signs substantiate this statement. However, people will NOT speculate with the prospect of airport expansion and the township will deteriorate as a result. Ramsgate has been waiting 40 years for the opportunity to return to former glory. Wouldn’t it be ‘another’ great shame for a town that is becoming used to seeing attractions of major historical significance fall into disrepair and close. What do the older generation have to say about this? Employment will rise as a result of tourism to this wonderful and historical town. Transportation to and from the beach town is paramount but can be catered to protect the environment by our friends at South Eastern. THIS needs to be the focus and opportunity to market the area as an alternative to travelling abroad must be taken seriously.
I lived in London for more than 10 years and had no idea that there was a sandy beach in a place called Thanet. I arrived to view houses during carnival time and stayed (permanently) in a London commuter based capacity. My family came down to Thanet for its excellent grammar and independent schools. Education is important to our family and I don’t want my children to suffer at school from a disturbed night sleep. It’s about time to wake up but not as a result of a plane flying over our house! We need to think of our children, the next generation!