NATS appears to have listened to the over 15,000 responses to its recent public consulation and is now rethinking some of its proposals. As well as considering slight changes to the south westerly take-off route - where aircraft loop around the southern part of Bishop's Stortford, NATS is also looking at "alternatives". An extract from page 42 of the report says: "NATS will however consider whether alternative design options would be appropriate and feasible which realign the route, moving it further away from Bishop's Stortford, but towards Much Hadham."
The report is available for download from the NATS website: Initial Feedback Report 22 July 2008.
Proposed Changes to departure flight paths from Stansted Airport will adversely affect Bishop's Stortford. The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) is conducting a public consultation process which started on 21 February, 2008 and runs until 19 June, 2008 (extended from 22 May 2008).
NATS are encouraging members of the public to respond to the proposals by using the NATS website. However, many people have found that using the NATS website is not a particularly easy process and, of course, not everyone has broadband internet access.
It is also possible to register feedback by writing to:
TCN Consultation, NATS, Freepost NAT22750, Reading, RG1 4BR.
Stop Stansted Expansion have published some excellent summaries of the NATS proposals.
Stop Stansted Expansion wrote to NATS on 2 May 2008 to point out the difficulties of using the NATS website.
The BSCF would encourage everyone to make their voice heard by responding to the consultation, either via the NATS website or by post.
Read an article published in The Observer of 27 April 2008 on the effect of the proposed NATS changes on the horse racing industry in the Newmarket area. Horse racing faces battle in the sky.