'Planes should fly over Shoeburyness danger area rather than over Burnham'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: A graph of planes arriving into Southend airport A graph of planes arriving into Southend airport

Planes should travel over a recognised ‘danger area’ rather than fly over Burnham, say town councillors.

Southend Airport bosses launched a public consultation, which ends today, on proposals to reinstate controlled airspace.

As part of Burnham Town Council’s response, mayor Neil Pudney suggested that planes could fly over a Ministry of Defence (MOD) site in Shoeburyness, which is established as an air danger area by the Civil Aviation Authority, due to the hazardous nature of work carried out there.

In a consultation response letter, Mr Pudney proposed that planes should approach the airport above the Shoeburyness site rather than over Burnham before 8am, after 6pm and at weekends because the facility “is inactive at in these periods and therefore doesn’t present a hazard.”

Southend airport operations director David Lister said: “This consultation is about implementing controlled airspace which provides a known and managed airspace environment.

“There are absolutely no proposals in our application to change any of the routes currently flown over Essex to and from London Southend Airport – and this includes the height of an aircraft’s departure or approach.”

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7:44pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Shrimpo_1 says...

I have to agree on this, although the flight path shown is to the East of Burnham, more often than not the flight path is directly over the town. With 8000 residents, located in a fairly small area it would not be that hard to ensure that the approach to the airport was 3-4 Km to the east of the town, and this would not take them over the MOD land or no fly area, but over open farmland, once past the Crouch they still have sufficient approach distance to line up with the runway. But as with many organisations they will not do this without reason, the current approach flight path is as seen in a straight line over Burnham.


The problem is that many people may moan about the flights over the town, but very few complain to Southend Airport, as with all things, if the public do not complain then all is fine. Southend Airport has an on line complaint process, so it is easy to use, and they have to respond to these.

The noise and increased flights over Burnham will continue to increase with time, so it is down to the public to make sure they have a voice.
I have to agree on this, although the flight path shown is to the East of Burnham, more often than not the flight path is directly over the town. With 8000 residents, located in a fairly small area it would not be that hard to ensure that the approach to the airport was 3-4 Km to the east of the town, and this would not take them over the MOD land or no fly area, but over open farmland, once past the Crouch they still have sufficient approach distance to line up with the runway. But as with many organisations they will not do this without reason, the current approach flight path is as seen in a straight line over Burnham. The problem is that many people may moan about the flights over the town, but very few complain to Southend Airport, as with all things, if the public do not complain then all is fine. Southend Airport has an on line complaint process, so it is easy to use, and they have to respond to these. The noise and increased flights over Burnham will continue to increase with time, so it is down to the public to make sure they have a voice. Shrimpo_1

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