latest GAAC newsletter contains an extract from the Journal of the Friends of Sywell
Airport. Reporting the adoption of the Northamptonshire Structure Plan which includes
"...a reasonable Aviation Policy..." it takes the opportunity to "...thank
everyone who wrote to the County Council in support of Policy T12. There is no doubt that
your help has made a positive difference to the benefit of Aviation in Northamptonshire
despite the organised opposition."
Commenting that other counties are not so fortunate the Journal makes the
statement that the situation in these less advantaged counties "...will only
become worse if operators, pilots and users do not make themselves heard."
Since 1999 the aerodrome has been pursuing an
application for the improvement of the existing 03/21 grass runway with an all-weather
surface. Notwithstanding the unaccepatable delay to what is at the end of the day a
legitimate business concern, the application has inevitably attracted the attention of
objector interests. Early this year a 'misleading and alarmist' letter to local residents
from the opposition Sywell Airport Action Committee earned a robust response from
the aerodrome which has agreed with Wellingborough Borough Council restrictions on the use
of the all-weather runway.
As the Journal so rightly states, flying "...is
a perfectly legitimate pursuit both for business and pleasure. It is therefore important
that we all do so in a responsible manner and at the same time make our voice
heard with the Local Planning Authority and Government Aviation Departments. You
do have your part to play otherwise you WILL wake up to the demise of your GA
Aerodrome when it is far too late."