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|Broadstone Residents' Association : Committee Meeting - June 2000|
At the last Committee Meeting, we followed up an observation about excessive aircraft noise. We invited Jeff Berryman, Head of Air Traffic Control at Hurn to tell us all about the subject.
It appears that south Broadstone is exactly in line with the main runway at Hurn, and aircraft landing from this direction must pass over Broadstone, whilst following the directional guidance beacon. There is also a stacking system which circles planes out over Wimborne. and when they bank to achieve final approach, the banking (6 miles out) is directly overhead. These disciplines are also a necessary module of pilot training certificates, and with two very busy flying schools at Hurn, that provides extra traffic. In addition, there have been a number of Chinook Helicopters undergoing training. They are noisy at the best of times, but for these exercises they fly at less than 500 feet, and have to do a landing at the Royal Marine's Hamworthy base just for good measure.
These, plus of course the growth in Hurn traffic are reasons for increasing noise, but whenever possible flights land and take off over Bransgore and the New Forest (60% of the time), and planes taking off to the west are generally routed a bit further north, over Merley and north side of Corfe Mullen.
Plans for the Millennium Tree and seat were slowly coming along, but by far the most active area was Planning, where several schemes to demolish existing property and rebuild at a higher density had been proposed. At least two of these (3 and 113 York Road) had initially been refused, and had now come round again in a reduced format.
The next meeting is scheduled for 3rd August, at which time the copies of our Summer Magazine will be distributed, and it will again be time to find your £1.00 subscription.
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