November we reported on a series of local press articles
which highlighted the difficulties faced by Elstree and its local population caused by
aircraft noise. Further local press this summer shows that the concerns continue.
According to a report published July 17th the aerodrome chairman has promised to implement any
flightpath recommendation made by the aerodrome consultative committee. At a meeting held
earlier in the month, however, the committee failed to agree any such recommendation. The
committee was also given a demonstration fly by of silenced aircraft which met with
favourable but qualified response, and was advised of improved complaints procedures.
Another article published August 1st reports council proposals to extend the 'aerodrome
flying zone' as far north as the M25, the intention being to take the circuit away from
the more populated areas. It also reports the results of the independent consultants study
which found that increased use over the past 10 years did not represent a breach of
An article published August
10th reports that council will seek concessions from the aerodrome by attaching a
'section 106 agreement' to any planning permission given for a new underground fuel
storage tank recently applied for by the aerodrome.
Common themes raised throughout local press
coverage of the airfield in relation to flying at Elstree are flightpath arrangements to
minimise disturbance to local communities, the fitting of silencers, and the potential use
of new powers by the council to implement controls over flying.