The RAF Meetings with local representatives which includes local councillors, LBH and Residents Associations a couple of times a year.
At the last meeting they went over issues which they felt caused safety issues for the planes/airport and were keen that these were passed on:
Flight Sergeant Mark Rich gave a presentation on flight safety and asked that points following points could be passed on as Residents’ Group meetings. Common flight safety issues are:
a. Directed Light – Lasers. Aircraft are often targeted by individuals shining lasers into aircraft on approach or take off. This can cause pilot blindness and is a criminal offence. We report all occurrences to the Police
b. Fireworks. Any large firework display within 3 nautical miles of an airfield must be reported to the airfield.
c. Balloons and ‘Chinese’ Lanterns. These are often found around the airfield. Both can be sucked into air intakes which can cause serious damage. Regulations state that releases of groups of 10+ lanterns or 1000+ balloons before use must be notified to the airfield.
d. UAVs/Drones. These are a growing issue around all airfields and pose a significant flight safety risk. Drones can be easily strike aircraft or damage engines and result in very serious damage. The flying of Drones is governed by CAA regulations which are on the CAA website. Failure to comply with these regulations can be a criminal offence and the operator of the drone has responsibility for their use.
e. Cranes. Any cranes which are required for building work must be reported at the planning stage so RAF Northolt’s ops team can dialogue with the construction teams.
Fly-Be would like to fly from RAF Northolt. They mention this from time to time.
As a local Residents Association we are against this. I am sure that this won’t surprise you.
Given the recent discussion on the topic RAF Northolt have commented which we offer in full…
You will no doubt have seen the recent press coverage regarding Flybe and their request to Defence to use of RAF Northolt for scheduled flights by the airline. Several local residents’ committees have contacted me to enquire about the matter, so we felt it important to reach out to you with the Defence’s stance on the matter, which is as follows:
We do not consider that this is the appropriate time to start considering such proposals. We must make our decision based around the nature of the current operating environment and the potential future airspace and operating environment following wider Government decisions on South East aviation and runway capacity. Once the Government has announced its final strategy for aviation capacity in the South East, we will have a better understanding of the impact that decision may have on future RAF Northolt operations and wider airspace structures.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I’d be only too pleased to attend your various residents’ meetings if you’d like me to come along. May I take this opportunity to wish you a fantastic Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing you in 2016!
Sqn Ldr J E TENNISWOOD | Media & Communications Officer | RAF Northolt | West End Road | RUISLIP | HA4 6NG |
Directly from RAF Northolt
I am writing to inform you that an out Out Of Hours flight has been confirmed, pending suitable weather and serviceability.
Please be advised that RAF Northolt will have a Flight Checker aircraft conducting circuits on the nights of 17 and 18 August between 2200 and 0200.
As on previous occasions, the Flight Checker will conduct essential calibration of airfield radar and navigation equipment.
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this causes; thank you for your support.
Sqn Ldr J E TENNISWOOD| Media & Communications Officer | RAF Northolt | West End Road | RUISLIP | HA4 6NG
The minutes are below. Good meeting!
Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association
Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church Hall On Wednesday July 22nd 2015
In attendance were 53 residents and 11 committee members. Councillors present Eddie Lavery, Allan Kauffman & Judy Kelly.
Apologies were received from: Cllr Jem Duducu, Michael White and Teji Barnes and committee member Francis Jones
1.0 Opening Remarks & Welcome & Matters Arising from the Minutes & Signed Minutes.
Judgement in favour of building the ARLA development and against Sainsburys. Sid had asked Sainsbury’s if they will appeal against the judge’s decision. Said that they wouldn’t. Development feted to start early September.
3.0 Newsletter in New Format
Thank you for the new format Lynne.
Amendments Stonefield Park, more detail requested on the litter pick, which goes ahead on the 15th August 2015 meeting at 10am starting at South Ruislip Library.
Full Colour newsletters – Prize if you get one!
3.1 Rats / Sainsburys
Pest Control in Sainsbury’s – rats reported, keen to have litter removed. This has been reported to the council.
In agreement with the SRRA, Cllr Allan Kauffman presented at HS2 hearing in London. As we were only there to discuss mitigation rather than the principle of HS2, main concerns raised over the digging in the ARLA site and the vent shaft, the volume of traffic with 200 lorries a day leaving the site.
Second issue with closing Station Approach, West End Road, Bridgewater Road and Long Drive. Lynne and Allan counted the businesses there 91 businesses affected then there is the LIDL, B&M, housing, so more of an issue with traffic.
Concern raised that they are planning this as a paper exercise rather than dealing with realities. Proposing to access with in one place an location which is currently blocked so asked for a review in more detail.
Allan and Sid have received a letter from the Chair of the committee saying that they will take our concerns into consideration.
5.0 Treasurers Report
Current account £620.74 and reserve £12356.70 as at 30th June.
6.0 Chief Road Steward
Letters were late this time. Thanks for getting them out on time.
Henry moving South, he will be around for a few months. Looking for a new person to take over as CRS.
Henry mentioned talk from victim support. Voluntary organisation, they will come and support you with assistance. They are looking for premises in the area.
PCSO’s are finished. No more coming in future.
Sid recounted his frustration with police, after a HGV delivery driver damaged a number of cars and the police didn’t turn up. Discussion of a lady who was burgled and had a slow response.
Suggestion to write to Nick Downing. General dissatisfaction. Ask him to come to the next meeting. People welcome to write to SRRA if they have had issues where they feel the police have not followed up.
Burglary, lack of contact from the police. Not enough resources for the police.
8.0 Community Voice
Next meeting in September. Discussion will be on the transfer of care from Hospitals to the community, especially at GP level.
9.0 RAF Northolt
Sid had a meeting with Ops at RAF meeting. Nothing has changed from before re the discussion on flight path changes or planes flying over the Mahlon Avenue area.
Biggin Hill have said they have taken legal action against RAF/MOD due to more flights at RAF Northolt. Sid said that this was a commercial action and not something we would like to be involved with.
One gentleman left the meeting. Sid commented that it was difficult to mediate between two intractable positions, there is little room for mediation.
10.0 South Ruislip Library
Great children’s section. Members extolled the virtues. Great service getting in books, quiz. Much more than just collection point for new recycling bags. Recycling bags can also be ordered from the council on a standing order basis and they deliver each quarter.
11.1 HGV Access to South Ruislip Estate
Large lorries rumbling around the area an issue. Seeing more and more on The Fairway and Long Drive. Look at estate having a 7.5 ton limit, except for access. Roads – drop Allan a line to have more signs on local streets. Sign in middle of road for Torcross, too late.
11.2 South Ruislip Bridge
Notices and restrictions. Three hits on the South Ruislip Bridge recently. What can be done to improve the safety of the access.
Cllr Kauffman suggested the council will look at spending Section 106 and SIL contribution from the ARLA money on the site to improve the bridge so it becomes an asset but there are a number of warning devices and signs up already. One gentleman commented that his van was detected as being over height but was well under the limit..
12.0 Beautiful South Ruislip
12.1 Chamber of Commerce South Ruislip
Sid apologised to Lynne for not being invited to talk at the last meeting on the subject of Beautiful South Ruislip. Working on getting members for a chamber of commerce so they can act as a group, especially with the commercial threats from ASDA as well as Sainsburys.
12.2 Rover/MG site, Victoria Road
The site at Rover/MG site is being cleared, concern about rubbish at the site but it’s starting to be cleared. Lidl going for planning permission for their store.
12.3 Victoria Road, Parking/Red Route
Victoria Road, parking up causing traffic flow issues. Discussed possible Red line route status for the road.
13.0 Stonefield Park
Elaine Haynes: Playing area is breaking up, rubber matting will be sorted for the 28th July, would like it renewed altogether though.
14.0 Any Other Business
14.1 South Ruislip Bike Parking
Cycle chain to rail at South Ruislip on the bike. To be removed.
14.2 Proposed Zebra Crossing on Victoria Road
Refused, no further action. Suggestion of barriers being put in place to flow people to the crossing. Cllr Kelly would look at that.
14.3 Long Drive Rubbish
Complaint from residents about rubbish being left out too early and on the wrong days that foxes are opening and spreading. Cllr Kelly said that she would look into this. [Added at time writing minutes: Judy wrote to advise that the council leafleted the area informing residents of responsibilities and correct process]
14.4 Bin Collection/Recycling
Dissatisfaction expressed bin collection and spreading of mess. Also leaving green waste bags in the road. Tightening up needed.
14.5 Ivory Dental Service Bin
Reminder of request for reason why that was removed made of Cllr Kauffman.
15.0 Meeting Closed
Saturday 13th June sees the RAF Northolt Open Day. Last tickets were sold on the 1st June so you are a little late if you are still after a ticket.
The base have warned that traffic will be heavy in the area due to the event. For us hardy souls of South Ruislip heavy traffic is a constant companion but it’s always better to know what to expect!
For those of us who enjoy the planes – with a busy flight schedule it will make for good viewing.
|1305||Queen’s Birthday Flypast|
|1314||RAF Chinook Display|
|1340||Great War Display Team|
|1413||Dragon Rapide Display|
|1422||B-17 ‘Sally B’ Display|
|1440||RAF Falcons Parachute Display|
|1510||P-51 Mustang ‘Ferocious Frankie’ Display|
|1520||Bucker Jungmeister Display|
|1530||Wildcat Display Team|
Missed out on Tickets to the RAF Northolt open day on 13th June? Fancy another crack at getting a ticket?
From RAF Northolt….
OPEN DAY TICKETS
As you know, tickets for our open day are being sold through the agency See Tickets this year. As a result, tickets sold out very quickly.
I wanted to let you know that more tickets are due for release – we want to give the people around the unit that missed out in the first batch a head start to purchase them.
Several hundred extra tickets will go on sale 1 June 2015.
They are for sale only on See Tickets. No-one at RAF Northolt is selling tickets.
These are pedestrian access tickets only – no car passes will be available, except disabled access (remember to input/say this at the moment of purchase).
When they are gone they are gone! No more tickets will be released for public sale after this batch.
These tickets are expected to go extremely rapidly – please do plan for 1st June to ensure you are not disappointed.
Web Address: www.seetickets.com
Phone Number: 0871 229 0260
Good luck – SRRA
All details at the website here. They sold out last time and this is the 100th anniversary so if you are interested in going to the airport for the open day strike while the iron’s hot!
An update from RAF Northolt this afternoon, who report there will be extra flight activity during the night on Monday and Wednesday night/following morning ….
“RAF Northolt will have one of its periodic checks of its flight safety radar systems on 2-3 Feb 15 from 11pm to 4am and again on 3-4 Feb 15 from 11pm to 4am. Only one aircraft will be operating from RAF Northolt throughout the period, making repeated approaches to the runway. The first night will calibrate the Instrument Landing System to Runway 25 (approaching from the east over Ruislip) and the second night will calibrate the Precision Approach Radar to Runway 07 (approaching from the west over Ickenham). These calibration flights are an essential safety assurance process and have to take place when Heathrow is closed.”
As always, the calibration flights will be subject to acceptable weather conditions and may be rescheduled if the weather is not suitable. RAF Northolt apologises for any disruption caused to local residents and appreciates the continued support and understanding of the local community in ensuring that the Station operates to the highest safety standards.”
We distribute the SRRA newsletters ahead of the Quarterly meetings which take place in January, April, July and October each year. Please find at the link below the October 2014 SRRA Newsletter. Much has moved on as we discussed at the meeting on the 22nd October. Time, tide and South Ruislip wait for no man. October 2014 Newsletter
Please note the next meeting is on the 21st January 2015 not 28th as mentioned in the newsletter.