Inquiry to decide on Southend Airport footpath’s fate

Inquiry to decide on footpath’s fate

Inquiry to decide on footpath’s fate

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CAMPAIGNERS have been battling plans to divert a public footpath connecting two churches,which runs across Southend Airport’s runway.

A two-day public inquiry has been held to determine whether a footpath across the Delta taxiway of the airport between St Laurence Church in Eastwood and St Andrew’s Church in Rochford should be diverted across the Aviation Way industrial estate.

The path, which follows the Eastwood Brook alongside the airport perimeter for about 300 yards, was closed in 2011 to allow for a runway expansion.

The Civil Aviation Authority and the European Commission have introduced tough rules that indicate the airport could be threatened by incursions into the airport by people allowed to cross the 22-yard taxiway.

SuggestIons of a tunnel or bridge have been dismissed by the airport and Rochford District Council as too costly and plans for a diversion across Aviation Way were put forward.

Campaign group Stop Airport Expansion and Noise and other campaigners launched a concerted campaignto preserve the existing footpath.

Kiti Theobold, a member of the campaign group, said suggestions for a push-button entry system used in conjunction with existing CCTV have also been rejected.

She said: “We have already lost two footpaths because of the airport expansion, one when they installed a landing system in Nestuda Way and one under the runway. There was debate as to whether the footpath was used much, but when they did a survey they did it in the worst weather. It used to be a well trodden path.

“They say they will divert it, but instead of soft grass and a brook we have got the Aviation Way industrial estate. I regret the passing of anything that takes us off main roads to somewhere quiet and peaceful.”

She added: “No decision has yet been made, but it will be very sad if we lose a third pleasant footpath to the advance of the airport.

“We have already sacrificed the peace and quiet of 20,000 homes under or near the flight path and little by little, we are losing the small things that make life tolerable.

Ms Thoebold also criticised a lack or councillors at the inquiry, but Tory Mark Flewitt said there had been no interest from his constituents.

He said: “I have not been approached by residents about this. I didn’t think there was any point in attending the two-day inquiry with no instructions from residents. I think this is a last gasp attempt by campaigners to saywe still believe we were right.”

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4:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

w-jback says...

“They say they will divert it, but instead of soft grass and a brook we have got the Aviation Way industrial estate. I regret the passing of anything that takes us off main roads to somewhere quiet and peaceful.”

What about the planes passing overhead , to quote SAEN, "Every 5 mins" surely the airport are doing you all a favour moving you to the quieter Aviation Way!
“They say they will divert it, but instead of soft grass and a brook we have got the Aviation Way industrial estate. I regret the passing of anything that takes us off main roads to somewhere quiet and peaceful.” What about the planes passing overhead , to quote SAEN, "Every 5 mins" surely the airport are doing you all a favour moving you to the quieter Aviation Way! w-jback
  • Score: -14

4:09pm Thu 7 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

What's wrong with these people?

The best thing that has happened to Southend in my lifetime and all they can do is moan.

Move and shut up.
What's wrong with these people? The best thing that has happened to Southend in my lifetime and all they can do is moan. Move and shut up. RuleBritania
  • Score: -22

4:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

kensbowling says...

This footpath does not go anywhere near the runway extension, the opposite direction in fact. It was closed after a runway incursion by stupid protesters posing as airline pilots who got onto the runway and disrupted things before being arrested and charged. As a result of their selfish actions and for security measures the airport had no other option but to close it.
This footpath does not go anywhere near the runway extension, the opposite direction in fact. It was closed after a runway incursion by stupid protesters posing as airline pilots who got onto the runway and disrupted things before being arrested and charged. As a result of their selfish actions and for security measures the airport had no other option but to close it. kensbowling
  • Score: -11

4:33pm Thu 7 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

Ahhh bless the thumbs down squad is out again. Don't suppose they have much else to do seeing as they can't hear their TVs over the Planes!
Ahhh bless the thumbs down squad is out again. Don't suppose they have much else to do seeing as they can't hear their TVs over the Planes! RuleBritania
  • Score: -8

4:52pm Thu 7 Aug 14

paintlad3 says...

Go back to your singing Kitty your good at that!
Go back to your singing Kitty your good at that! paintlad3
  • Score: 13

5:41pm Thu 7 Aug 14

John Bull 40 says...

The usual protest about everything brigade, stand by for the thumbs
down idiots.
The usual protest about everything brigade, stand by for the thumbs down idiots. John Bull 40
  • Score: -9

6:03pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Nebs says...

If you buy a house under a flight path then you have to expect the noise of aircraft flying overhead. If you buy an airport with a footpath running across it then you have to expect people to want to walk along it.
If you buy a house under a flight path then you have to expect the noise of aircraft flying overhead. If you buy an airport with a footpath running across it then you have to expect people to want to walk along it. Nebs
  • Score: 2

7:40pm Thu 7 Aug 14

chunkus04 says...

if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you!
if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you! chunkus04
  • Score: -14

9:34pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ORACUS says...

chunkus04 wrote:
if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you!
The footpath or public right off way was there aeons before the airport some might even call it part of our heritage.
Far more important that some fly by night business that wont be there in 20 years time.
[quote][p][bold]chunkus04[/bold] wrote: if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you![/p][/quote]The footpath or public right off way was there aeons before the airport some might even call it part of our heritage. Far more important that some fly by night business that wont be there in 20 years time. ORACUS
  • Score: 16

10:00pm Thu 7 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

ORACUS wrote:
chunkus04 wrote:
if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you!
The footpath or public right off way was there aeons before the airport some might even call it part of our heritage.
Far more important that some fly by night business that wont be there in 20 years time.
You sound like an old codger maybe you won't be here in 20 years either so do us a favour and shut up.
[quote][p][bold]ORACUS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chunkus04[/bold] wrote: if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you![/p][/quote]The footpath or public right off way was there aeons before the airport some might even call it part of our heritage. Far more important that some fly by night business that wont be there in 20 years time.[/p][/quote]You sound like an old codger maybe you won't be here in 20 years either so do us a favour and shut up. RuleBritania
  • Score: -14

10:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ORACUS says...

RuleBritania wrote:
ORACUS wrote:
chunkus04 wrote:
if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you!
The footpath or public right off way was there aeons before the airport some might even call it part of our heritage.
Far more important that some fly by night business that wont be there in 20 years time.
You sound like an old codger maybe you won't be here in 20 years either so do us a favour and shut up.
No merely wise beyond my years but not a child like yourself.
[quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ORACUS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chunkus04[/bold] wrote: if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you![/p][/quote]The footpath or public right off way was there aeons before the airport some might even call it part of our heritage. Far more important that some fly by night business that wont be there in 20 years time.[/p][/quote]You sound like an old codger maybe you won't be here in 20 years either so do us a favour and shut up.[/p][/quote]No merely wise beyond my years but not a child like yourself. ORACUS
  • Score: 9

10:59am Fri 8 Aug 14

jayman says...

the footpath was probably there long before the airport. If the airport don't like it, they should move. I mean, its not like they didn't know that the footpath was there.*

*parody of pro airport comments.

~has the airport paid its rent to southend council yet?
~why has the echo pictured the terminal building and not the actual 'footpath' to which the story relates too?
the footpath was probably there long before the airport. If the airport don't like it, they should move. I mean, its not like they didn't know that the footpath was there.* *parody of pro airport comments. ~has the airport paid its rent to southend council yet? ~why has the echo pictured the terminal building and not the actual 'footpath' to which the story relates too? jayman
  • Score: 11

11:05am Fri 8 Aug 14

jayman says...

additionally, I wonder how loaded this inquiry will be? perhaps Stobart central office will publish a copy of definitions, terms of reference and scope for the inquiry? For enhanced efficiency perhaps they could knock together a small diorama and a script for the enquiry so that everyone sings from the same song-sheet..
additionally, I wonder how loaded this inquiry will be? perhaps Stobart central office will publish a copy of definitions, terms of reference and scope for the inquiry? For enhanced efficiency perhaps they could knock together a small diorama and a script for the enquiry so that everyone sings from the same song-sheet.. jayman
  • Score: 8

3:45pm Fri 8 Aug 14

chunkus04 says...

ORACUS wrote:
chunkus04 wrote:
if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you!
The footpath or public right off way was there aeons before the airport some might even call it part of our heritage.
Far more important that some fly by night business that wont be there in 20 years time.
its a footpath that was hardley used and does nothing for southend where as the airport and businesses bring money and people which will help rebuild our economy. in the grand scheme of things a footpath being rerouted is not the end of the world. and to fair you are lucky sbc and southend airport are looking at this option rather than just forgetting about it and leaving it closed.
[quote][p][bold]ORACUS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chunkus04[/bold] wrote: if you dont like the airport then move, simples. this town has had enough of you lot trying to stangle it to death... with the airport comes more economic opportunities which in turn will bring much needed investment into what is now a very run down southend!! if you want quiet little walks etc move to the country side!! well away from any major towns and stop moaning about an airport that was proberly there before you![/p][/quote]The footpath or public right off way was there aeons before the airport some might even call it part of our heritage. Far more important that some fly by night business that wont be there in 20 years time.[/p][/quote]its a footpath that was hardley used and does nothing for southend where as the airport and businesses bring money and people which will help rebuild our economy. in the grand scheme of things a footpath being rerouted is not the end of the world. and to fair you are lucky sbc and southend airport are looking at this option rather than just forgetting about it and leaving it closed. chunkus04
  • Score: -3

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