- Feb 1, 2013
Any idea if and when the airport gets the go ahead for these plans ?
It was originally going to be before August but that was put back. August itself was considered a non-starter because too many people would be on holiday and the last I read in the local press was that it might be in either September or October. September it wasn't and October now looks unlikely.Any idea if and when the airport gets the go ahead for these plans ?
For at least 30 years BRS has been targeted by anti airport/anti-airport expansionists, even when it was handling fewer than a million passengers a year. The airport sits in a wealthy rural area with lots of 'professionals' living there and commuting to nearby cities and towns (mainly Bristol) to their work.I doubt you'd find many parishes or local councils across the UK with airports in their 'domain' that had a different opinion unfortunately.
I wonder how much of it is a small but very vocal minority against airports expanding further (or even existing in the first place) that forces the parishes/councils to have these views. Because the only opinion being voiced is of one against aviation, in order to remain popular and in their position they also need to hold those views.
It's been quite interesting to see politicians voice their opposition to Heathrow expansion when their sole job has been as a local MP, and in order to keep being elected they've agreed with the opinion of their (vocal) voters.
Once they've obtained a more important position (as SoS or even PM), its then interesting how their previously held opposition has fallen away.
On a slightly different note I was watching a piece on the news about flying, the new flight shaming movement, and whether we should be flying less. The reporter went to an airport (I think it was actually Bristol) and was asking arriving passengers what their thoughts were. I was quite surprised when all those interviewed said that in future they would fly less.
I wonder how much the interviews were edited (to remove those who said they wouldn't fly less) or whether those who appeared would actually stick to what they said and fly less in the future.
What are forumer's opinions on this 'new' flight shame movement? Should we be flying less? Should there be frequent flyer taxes? Should frequent flyer schemes (BA Exec Club, Virgin Flying Club, etc) be banned? The often quoted figure is 15% of the population take 70% of the flights, and that almost 50% of us don't fly in any given year. Maybe I'm being naive but I struggle to believe the figures are as high as that.
(I appreciate there's threads elsewhere on the site already discussing these topics)
It will interesting to see what the council's planning officers recommend. My sense is that the majority of elected councillors from whom the planning committee will be constituted would like to reject the airport's application.
The CEO is asking for a decision to be made.