Azara Blog: Last chance to give views over NATS airspace management plans

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Date published: 2008/05/05

The BBC says:

Residents, parish and town councils have until 15 May to give their views on flight paths over Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Suffolk Coastal District Council wants peoples' views to help it provide a response to a consultation by the National Air Traffic Service (NATS).

NATS is looking to alter the way planes are directed to fly in eastern England.

Andrew Nunn, cabinet member for the environment, said the plans had nothing to do with airport expansion proposals.

"This consultation by NATS is strictly about the way flights are managed in our region," he said.

"The proposals would see a change in the way that the airspace is controlled over Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex.

"I would recommend that people have a look at the detailed proposals on and then let us know their views."

Another pointless public consultation. People who believe they are badly affected by the proposals (whether this is true or not) will complain endlessly and loudly. Everybody else (from the public) could care less. Unless NATS did something stupid (which is always a possibility) then presumably their suggestions are eminently sensible. In any case, this is something which the public is extremely unqualified to judge, so why is the government asking for the opinions of the public? And if 99.9% of those people writing in object to the plans, will the goverment pay any attention? Or, more to the point, will the courts force them to pay attention, since the government has stupidly set up this consultation in the first place under some claim to be interested in people's views?

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