Remember how low? How noisy?

It’s easy in the blissfully quiet four years we’ve had since the closure of the airport at Manston to forget how noisy the planes were and just how low over our heads they were.

These clips will remind you.

Manston never succeeded as a commercial airport.  It could never attract the operators and so we were never subjected to more than two or three flights a day.  On average, Manston had approximately 500 cargo flights a year when it was open.  RSP’s plans are for 10,000-17,000 a year.  This isn’t ‘saving our airport’.  This is about trying to establish a 24/7 cargo hub with planes overhead day and night.

Make sure you register as an ‘interested party’ with the national planning inspectorate before 8th October 2018.

 

Read full info below but quick link here to register directly with PINS.

What does this mean?

A quick update on the Manston Development Consent Order (DCO) process.

  1. Application: No time limit.
    1. 17/07/18 RSP re-submits application for the upgrade and re-opening of Manston airport primarily as a cargo airport, plus some passenger servcies, with capacity for 12,000 plus air cargo movements per year, including numberless night flights (limited only be an overall annual noise budget bigger than Luton’s) plus acceptance of aircraft banned from Heathrow and Gatwick at night on noise grounds (QC4 rated aircraft)
  2. Acceptance: Up to 28 days
    1. 14/08/18 PINS announces acceptance of the application (just within the statutory deadline). For a summary of relevant reasons for acceptance see PINS checklist from p4 here.
  3. Pre-examination: 3 months after the applicant (RSP) triggers the process
    1. 03/09/18 – 08/10/18 (30 days from applicant publishing acceptance of application) interested parties may register directly with PINS.  NNF guidance on registering – here.
    2. Before 03/12/18 (within 3 months of publishing acceptance) an Examining Authority (EA) Inspector(s) appointed to assess issues.
    3. Shortly after 03/12/18 EA invites interested parties to Preliminary Meeting.
    4. Three weeks from EA invitation to interested parties (perhaps late December 2018) Preliminary Meeting held to set procedure plus detailed timetable and deadlines for submissions to Examination.
  4. Examination: Up to 6 months
    1. To consider written representations and hold hearings (perhaps February to August 2019)
  5. Report and recommendations: Up to 3 months
    1. 3 months to issue report and recommendation(s) (perhaps October – November 2019)
  6. Decision: Up to 3 months
    1. 3 months for Secretary of State to make a DCO (or to refuse development consent) and issue statement of reeasons (perhaps January – February 2020)
  7. Post-decision: Up to 6 weeks
    1. 6 week window for Judicial Review in the High Court.

WE ARE AT THE PRE-EXAMINATION STAGE.

It is at this stage that, before 8th October 2018, all interested parties need to apply to PINS to be registered. Being registered means that you can contribute at the Examination stage of the process.  If you do not apply to be registered as an interested party before 8th October, you will have no further opportunity to contribute your views.

PINS say about registering:

In this form, your representation must include an outline of the principal submissions you intend to make in relation to the application. You cannot reserve a right to make a representation later without providing an outline of the points you intend to submit at this stage.
Please note that your representation must not include material:
  • that is vexatious or frivolous
  • about compensation for compulsory acquisition of land or of any interest in or right over land
  • about the merits of policy set out in a designated national policy statement.
The information you include in the representation section of this form will be used by the Examining Authority to carry out their initial assessment of principal issues and to decide the best way to examine the application.
Here you must provide an outline of the main points you intend to make in relation to the application. Failure to provide this will mean that we are unable to register you as an interested party. Please aim to limit this section to no more than 500 words.

 

 

Green Party MEP Keith Taylor registers as an ‘interested party’ in DCO process

Green Party MEP Keith Taylor has submitted an application to the national planning inspectorate (PINS) to be registered as an ‘interested party’ in the DCO planning process.  Speaking in the strongest terms, Mr Taylor has outlined in great detail the ways in which the proposal by RSP would be seriously damaging to individuals, to the local area and to the environment generally.

Naturally, as a Green MEP, one would expect the full force of evidence with regard to climate change, biodiversity and the environment to figure largely in Mr Taylor’s submission.   Notable too though, is his complete dismissal of RSP’s business case and his concern for residents.

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Read full info below but quick link here to register directly with PINS.

What does this mean?

A quick update on the Manston Development Consent Order (DCO) process.

  1. Application: No time limit.
    1. 17/07/18 RSP re-submits application for the upgrade and re-opening of Manston airport primarily as a cargo airport, plus some passenger servcies, with capacity for 12,000 plus air cargo movements per year, including numberless night flights (limited only be an overall annual noise budget bigger than Luton’s) plus acceptance of aircraft banned from Heathrow and Gatwick at night on noise grounds (QC4 rated aircraft)
  2. Acceptance: Up to 28 days
    1. 14/08/18 PINS announces acceptance of the application (just within the statutory deadline). For a summary of relevant reasons for acceptance see PINS checklist from p4 here.
  3. Pre-examination: 3 months after the applicant (RSP) triggers the process
    1. 03/09/18 – 08/10/18 (30 days from applicant publishing acceptance of application) interested parties may register directly with PINS.  NNF guidance on registering – here.
    2. Before 03/12/18 (within 3 months of publishing acceptance) an Examining Authority (EA) Inspector(s) appointed to assess issues.
    3. Shortly after 03/12/18 EA invites interested parties to Preliminary Meeting.
    4. Three weeks from EA invitation to interested parties (perhaps late December 2018) Preliminary Meeting held to set procedure plus detailed timetable and deadlines for submissions to Examination.
  4. Examination: Up to 6 months
    1. To consider written representations and hold hearings (perhaps February to August 2019)
  5. Report and recommendations: Up to 3 months
    1. 3 months to issue report and recommendation(s) (perhaps October – November 2019)
  6. Decision: Up to 3 months
    1. 3 months for Secretary of State to make a DCO (or to refuse development consent) and issue statement of reeasons (perhaps January – February 2020)
  7. Post-decision: Up to 6 weeks
    1. 6 week window for Judicial Review in the High Court.

WE ARE AT THE PRE-EXAMINATION STAGE.

It is at this stage that, before 8th October 2018, all interested parties need to apply to PINS to be registered. Being registered means that you can contribute at the Examination stage of the process.  If you do not apply to be registered as an interested party before 8th October, you will have no further opportunity to contribute your views.

PINS say about registering:

In this form, your representation must include an outline of the principal submissions you intend to make in relation to the application. You cannot reserve a right to make a representation later without providing an outline of the points you intend to submit at this stage.
Please note that your representation must not include material:
  • that is vexatious or frivolous
  • about compensation for compulsory acquisition of land or of any interest in or right over land
  • about the merits of policy set out in a designated national policy statement.
The information you include in the representation section of this form will be used by the Examining Authority to carry out their initial assessment of principal issues and to decide the best way to examine the application.
Here you must provide an outline of the main points you intend to make in relation to the application. Failure to provide this will mean that we are unable to register you as an interested party. Please aim to limit this section to no more than 500 words.

Nethercourt residents say NO to RSP plans

Another packed meeting on Friday night, despite being organised very last minute.  St Lawrence Hall saw 90 chairs put out very quickly filled and then with people standing and sitting round the edges until over 120 people were present.  A great turn out from Nethercourt where, we are constantly assured by airport supporters, 100% of residents are apparently in support of RSP’s plans.  It appears not.

Residents heard about the DCO process and what to do if they wanted to be registered as ‘interested parties’ for the next stage – the examination stage.

People were generally already well-informed about RSP’s plans and were united in being against them.  What was most shocking in the evening was when the question was posed – ‘how many of you received any direct notification about any of RSP’s consultation events’ – and only about 3 hands went up.  It really does seem as though those living closest to the runway were deliberately kept in the dark.

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Residents heard from No Night Flights but also from their local councillors, Cllrs Lin and Jeremy Fairbrass who were clear in why they had supported a small airport at Manston originally but why they were completely against the RSP proposals.  Cllr Lin Fairbrass read out the statement from UKIP that has been submitted to PINS.

 

Read full info below but quick link here to register directly with PINS.

What does this mean?

A quick update on the Manston Development Consent Order (DCO) process.

  1. Application: No time limit.
    1. 17/07/18 RSP re-submits application for the upgrade and re-opening of Manston airport primarily as a cargo airport, plus some passenger servcies, with capacity for 12,000 plus air cargo movements per year, including numberless night flights (limited only be an overall annual noise budget bigger than Luton’s) plus acceptance of aircraft banned from Heathrow and Gatwick at night on noise grounds (QC4 rated aircraft)
  2. Acceptance: Up to 28 days
    1. 14/08/18 PINS announces acceptance of the application (just within the statutory deadline). For a summary of relevant reasons for acceptance see PINS checklist from p4 here.
  3. Pre-examination: 3 months after the applicant (RSP) triggers the process
    1. 03/09/18 – 08/10/18 (30 days from applicant publishing acceptance of application) interested parties may register directly with PINS.  NNF guidance on registering – here.
    2. Before 03/12/18 (within 3 months of publishing acceptance) an Examining Authority (EA) Inspector(s) appointed to assess issues.
    3. Shortly after 03/12/18 EA invites interested parties to Preliminary Meeting.
    4. Three weeks from EA invitation to interested parties (perhaps late December 2018) Preliminary Meeting held to set procedure plus detailed timetable and deadlines for submissions to Examination.
  4. Examination: Up to 6 months
    1. To consider written representations and hold hearings (perhaps February to August 2019)
  5. Report and recommendations: Up to 3 months
    1. 3 months to issue report and recommendation(s) (perhaps October – November 2019)
  6. Decision: Up to 3 months
    1. 3 months for Secretary of State to make a DCO (or to refuse development consent) and issue statement of reeasons (perhaps January – February 2020)
  7. Post-decision: Up to 6 weeks
    1. 6 week window for Judicial Review in the High Court.

WE ARE AT THE PRE-EXAMINATION STAGE.

It is at this stage that, before 8th October 2018, all interested parties need to apply to PINS to be registered. Being registered means that you can contribute at the Examination stage of the process.  If you do not apply to be registered as an interested party before 8th October, you will have no further opportunity to contribute your views.

PINS say about registering:

In this form, your representation must include an outline of the principal submissions you intend to make in relation to the application. You cannot reserve a right to make a representation later without providing an outline of the points you intend to submit at this stage.
Please note that your representation must not include material:
  • that is vexatious or frivolous
  • about compensation for compulsory acquisition of land or of any interest in or right over land
  • about the merits of policy set out in a designated national policy statement.
The information you include in the representation section of this form will be used by the Examining Authority to carry out their initial assessment of principal issues and to decide the best way to examine the application.
Here you must provide an outline of the main points you intend to make in relation to the application. Failure to provide this will mean that we are unable to register you as an interested party. Please aim to limit this section to no more than 500 words.

Another packed meeting!

Herne Bay residents turn out to find out how to act

Another meeting, hastily called due to the extremely tight schedule of the national planning inspectorate, attracted around 150 Herne Bay residents.

Herne Bay, aligned with the runway at Manston, is also under threat of RSP’s proposals for a huge 24/7 cargo hub airport.  Residents came to hear NNF committee members outline that threat, explain where we are in the DCO process and what they can do to make sure they are registered as interested parties.

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If you are new to this page, please read preceding blog posts to find out what you need to do if you are against the proposals.

Quick link here to register directly with PINS.

At the meeting, Chris Wells, former Leader at Thanet District Council, explained how as a supporter of restoring an airport at Manston he became convinced that Manston does not have a viable future as an airport.

I have never seen such an act of conscious self-delusion as local councillors entertain on this subject.  Opinion replaces fact as a matter of course.  The case for Manston does not stack up and there is no independent evidence to support the freight hub proposals.  None.  Indeed, RSP’s forecast supporting their case has been derided by those on whose work it is based.

Residents were grateful for the information they were handed out at the meeting and asked thoughtful questions to help guide their applications.

Act now before it is too late.  You have until 8th October to apply to PINS to register as an interested party.  You should use RSP’s application as a basis for your concerns, outlining which areas you feel are most in need of thorough examination and interrogation by the examining authority.

Standing room only at packed meeting

Over 400 people turned out on a Friday night in Ramsgate last night to hear about what they needed to do as ‘interested parties’ in the Development Consent Order (DCO) process.  There is a less than 30 day window for anyone negatively affected by the proposals in the application from RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) to register with the national planning inspectorate (PINS) as an interested party.  The room was packed, with all chairs filled, more being set out and standing around the room and out of the door.

See our previous post about how to register – either as an individual or as a member of a concerned group e.g. School parents, residents’ association, music studio workers, Brownie group and so on.  NNF Guidance on registering here.

Quick link here to register directly with PINS.

The meeting heard from committee members of No Night Flights.  The background to the failed airport was outlined as an update on where we are now and how we got here.

An overwhelming majority of residents in the hall remember the misery of flights overhead when the airport was open and that was with very few flights annually.  There was anger, frustration, sorrow and fear expressed in the room.

Paul Luxmoore, Executive Headteacher of Coastal Communities Academies, responsible for many schools in Thanet, spoke powerfully about the damage this proposal would inflict on the children of Thanet. He said that ‘he shuddered’ to think of the negative impact on their education, their life opportunities, their health.

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Some evidence on noise, sleep and health for  you

  1. A large-scale statistical analysis of the health effects of aircraft noise was undertaken in the late 2000s by Bernhard Greiser for the Umweltbundesamt, Germany’s central environmental office. The health data of over one million residents around the Cologne airport were analysed for health effects correlating with aircraft noise. The results were then corrected for other noise influences in the residential areas, and for socioeconomic factors, to reduce possible skewing of the data. The study concluded that aircraft noise clearly and significantly impairs health, with, for example, a day-time average sound pressure level of 60 decibel increasing coronary heart disease by 61% in men and 80% in women. As another indicator, a night-time average sound pressure level of 55 decibel increased the risk of heart attacks by 66% in men and 139% in women. Statistically significant health effects did however start as early as from an average sound pressure level of 40 decibel.[6]
  2. ^ Tödlicher LärmSpiegel, Nr. 51, 14 Dezember 2009, Page 45 (German)
  3. The researchers at Imperial found that volunteers’ blood pressure increased noticeably after they experienced a ‘noise event’ – a noise louder than 35 decibels – such as aircraft travelling overhead, traffic passing outside, or a partner snoring. This effect could be seen even if the volunteer remained asleep and so was not consciously disturbed.Aircraft noise events caused an average increase in systolic blood pressure of 6.2 mmHg and an average increase in diastolic blood pressure of 7.4 mmHg. Similar increases in blood pressure were seen also for other noise sources such as road traffic. The researchers found that the increase in blood pressure was related to the loudness of the noise, so that a greater increase in blood pressure could be seen where the noise level was higher. For example, for every 5dB increase in aircraft noise at its loudest point, there was an increase of 0.66 mmHg in systolic blood pressure. 
  4. What is a ‘noise event’? Any noise louder than 35 decibels. Blood pressure increases after people experience a ‘noise event’ even if they remain asleep. A study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, showed that an increase in night-time aeroplane noise of 10dB increased the risk of high blood pressure by 14 per cent in both men and women.
  5. Research from Imperial College London (2008) Dr Lars Jarup from the Department of Edpidemiology and Public Helath at Imperial College London – “Our studies show that night-time aircraft noise can affect your blood pressure instantly and increase the risk of hypertension. It is clear to me that measures need to be taken to reduce noise levels from aircraft, in particular during night-time, in order to protect the health of people living near airports.”
  6. Noise pollution: non-auditory effects on health Stephen A Stansfeld and Mark P Matheson  http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/1/243.full
  7. In 1992 in Germany, Munich airport was relocated to a new site 50km away ‘Old’ Munich Airport – Children studied showed aircraft noise had a negative effect on memory and reading comprehension.  Three years after the airport moved to its new location, the same children showed improvements in long-term memory.  ‘New” Munich Airport.  Within three years, children living under the flight path of the relocated airport were showing deficits in long-term memory and reading comprehension.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0934885999800145  http://www.noiseandhealth.org/article.asp?issn=1463-1741;year=2003;volume=5;issue=19;spage=31;epage=40;aulast=Matheson   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4603189.stm
  8. “There is increasing evidence that air and road traffic noise might be related to high blood pressure,” says Stephen Stansfeld, professor of psychiatry at Barts and the London School of Medicine. “Exposure in school to aircraft noise is also linked to reading impairment in children. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/sep/23/healthandwellbeing.pollution
  9. Dr. Hans-Friedrich Doering and Dr. Hans-Werner Tuettenberg
D: Exposure to noise has hormonal and somatic-nervous effects. During the day-time the body has defence mechanisms to resist stressful noise. Then, the somatic nervous system is in a phase of production or performance in which the body is used to work and disregard what disturbs.

Q: And what happens during the night?

T: While sleeping, during the Vagus phase of the somatic nervous system, everything is being done that was put aside or left over from the day.

D: During the night the waste material of the cells (cell garbage) is being processed, mental as well as physical. Because of that, dream phases are indispensable.

T: Sleep occurs in specific cycles and nocturnal aircraft noise chops up these cycles.

Q: What does that mean?

D: The recycling work is being blocked or simply said: the cells cannot regenerate, the head is not decongested. Garbage piles up. This leads to disorders of the heart and blood circulation system, the metabolism, the lipids, the immune system and the digestive functions.

T: In people who are chronically exposed to noise the risk of a noise-induced myocardial infarction is 10 times higher than the generally known health risk of cancerous air pollutants. Furthermore, aircraft noise can also lead to considerable hormone shifts and disorders in pregnant women.

  1. The following interview is from an article about noise, published in the “Koelner Anzeiger” and “Leverkusener Anzeiger” (Germany) on Wednesday, April 21, 1999, the 4th International Noise Awareness Day. It was translated by Hans Schmid, Right to Quiet Society, Vancouver, Canada.  http://www.areco.org/499noise.htm

Dr. Hans-Friedrich Doering “Our job as medical professionals is to work with the patients and also to tell them that as the immediately afflicted they have to defend themselves. Health damage from aircraft noise, especially during the night, is objectively demonstrable. Legal steps can then be taken by patients’ associations.”

Bernhard Greiser for the Umweltbundesamt, Germany’s central environmental office 2009. The study showed that aircraft noise clearly and significantly impairs health, with, for example, a day-time average sound pressure level of 60 decibels increasing coronary heart disease by 61% in men and 80% in women. As another indicator, a night-time average sound pressure level of 55 decibels increased the risk of heart attacks by 66% in men and 139% in women. Statistically significant health effects did however start as early as from an average sound pressure level of 40 decibels.