- Feb 1, 2013
The mayor speaks an awful lot of common sense
I meant to post this reply the other day but it slipped my mind. The Q & A session at Wrington on the 1 July was addressed by the below 'experts' according to a note in the Wrington Parish Council section of the Wrington village website.This was in the Weston mercury,cant find the link. There is aenvironmental expert,a senior transport policy lecturer a guy from Bristol uni asustainablity professor and a psychotherapist and on environment. campaigner
The Wrington rec protest is probably being held today because many of those taking part will no doubt be flying out on holiday once the school holidays begin.Yes and when these protesters cant get a flight to their destination,they will be the first to shout as they got to travel further to get their flight.
I think there is more than a grain of truth in that.They would like an airport to have two flights a year (one out & one back) just on the day they want to go away for the summer holiday!!!!!!
Cunard do a fairly regular voyages from New York to Southampton,and there is a French container line that carry passengers on their ships and they cover from the west coast of the States to Europe. So in her statement about no other way to get back to Britain or Europe is wrong. she has not done her home work on various services around the world.I think there is more than a grain of truth in that.
Some people who have said they are against further expansion of BRS have also indicated that they can live with its present size, but no more. When some young people made a video with SBAE (StopBristolAirportExpansion) opposing the expansion, one or two were interviewed on the local tv news and admitted that they use the airport with their parents for holidays.
Then we have the case of Emma Thompson (actress, or actor as a thespian acquaintance of mine insisted should apply to all, irrespective of gender) who flew back from the west coast of the USA to take part in a climate change demonstration in London. Her justification for flying was that in her line of work there is no viable alternative.
That's what really infuriates me - the hypocrisy of many who oppose the proliferation of air travel but use it when it suits them, whilst saying that the rest of us should be more circumspect.
I spoke to an elderly lady recently who was campaigning for the Green Party. They had a stall on the Bristol Harbourside aimed at preventing Bristol Airport expansion. We had a pleasant conversation during which she told me that she no longer flies because of climate change. If she was speaking the truth - and I have no reason for believing otherwise - than I can respect and admire her stance without necessarily agreeing with it. I told her so.
I live under the flight path in Congresbury and to fair the night noise is not intrusive. The odd one can be loud but you also get used to hearing them.I was reading the Bristol Airport Annual Monitoring Report for 2018 and the number of air traffic movements caught my eye: 65,503. The CAA annual terminal passenger total (excluding transit passengers which form a very small number at BRS anyway) was 8,696,653.
I then looked at the CAA stas for 2013 and found there were 53,966 air traffic movements to service an annual total of 6,124,826.
This means that whereas annual passenger numbers increased by 42% in that period the number of air traffic movements rose by just over 21%.
BRS wants to increase its annual passenger limit to 12 mppa which would be an increase of 38% on the 2018 annual total. If air traffic movements rose at the same percentage rate as the period 2013-2018 12 mppa would mean another 19-20 departures and a similar number of arrivals per day averaged through the year.
This century BRS has been almost continually increasing its average load each year from under 80 in 2002 to the low 130s in 2018 through a combination of larger aircraft and higher load factors. With easyJet introducing some A 321s later this year together with an increasing number of A320s, and with TUI using the 787 for more routes at BRS each year (next summer it will be permanently based for the season with additional short-haul routes as well as the long-haul programme) there is every reason to suppose that average loads will continue to climb in the coming years.
The one snag might be the night noise quota and night movement restrictions both of which are looking towards their limits, although I believe the Airbus neos are less noisy than the ceos (and also produce lower greenhouse gas emissions) so that might help the noise quota a bit. Ryanair's practice of operating a lot of BRS flights by non-based aircraft ( equivalent to a three-aircraft base) helps the night movement restrictions and night noise quota as the airline tends to operate these flights outside the night time period.
Like you, I live near the flight path, but to the east of the airport, and only really hear aircraft noise during that 0600-0800 period when aircraft are departing from the easterly runway (09). They rarely wake me up but if I'm awake I can hear them but I probably subconsciously filter them out of my awareness.I live under the flight path in Congresbury and to fair the night noise is not intrusive. The odd one can be loud but you also get used to hearing them.
It’s generally only the first wave of the day that is particularly noticeable as it is one after the other between 6am and 8, again tho only when planes are taking off over the Bristol channel so not every day.
I’d be interested to know if the residents in Wrington and surrounding villages who are campaigning against any expansion have lived there all their lives or have chosen to move to the area of a busy airport and then start moaning about said airport.
I heard a brief item on the Radio Bristol News at 8 this morning. I doubt that he will be able, as an individual, to present formal objections to the council on behalf of others.Some guy from 1 of the local villages got hold of North Somerset council to meet him out side of the town hall in Weston Super Mare today as he wanted to present a suit case full of objections for no airport expansion signitures. I did not see local news tonight so I don't know if it went ahead.