Communication from – Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS) Working Group

Dear Resident,

With the approval of Perry Parish Council, a number of concerned residents and 2 Parish Councillors have set up an opposition working group to the London Luton Airport (LLA) Arrival Flightpaths Consultation.  We have called the group Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS).

You should now be aware that LLA has co-sponsored an Airspace Change Proposal and that a consultation process is in full swing. Individual consultation responses must be submitted by 5th February 2021, and Parish Councils must provide feedback to Huntingdonshire District Council on proposals by 15th December 2019.

In short, LLAs Consultation Document describes rerouting flights into and out of a new holding stack above our heads! Here is a link to the overview:

https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/

It looks like the new holding stack stretches roughly from St Neots around to Kimbolton, up to Buckworth and Alconbury and back down the A1 and around again. In other words the effect of this proposal is directly above 38 of our neighbouring villages and towns impacting approximately 50,000 people.  The villages will go from nearly zero decibels of background noise to nearly 60 decibels of constant and multiple aircraft engine drone. Here is a link to an example of what one single aircraft could sound like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeHFqX3-TYU

We are sure you are not too dissimilar to ourselves many of us have been brought up in the area and many have chosen to live in this community for its rural setting, tranquil and beautiful environment, and clean air; unspoilt by urban influences.

LLA propose, above our heads, an average of 7 to 9 planes an hour, with peaks of 12 to 13 planes an hour at 7am in the morning, midday, and from 5pm to 11pm at night!!

This is the table LLA presents to illustrate the average number of arrivals per hour of the day (from 0001 to 2359), for the year 2019.

Local Time 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Av 2019 5 5 2 1 1 0 2 13 7 6 7 9 13 12 10 9 11 13 12 11 11 12 12 9

From virtually no planes above our heads currently, to a 2019 average of 157 to 218 per day, the noise of 1 plane at 8000ft is easy to dismiss but 200 plus a day is a constant noise. On 17 June 2019 between noon to 1pm, 24 planes arrived in 1 hour!

The whole point of the LLA plan is to increase capacity, 19 million passengers at first and in 10 years potentially doubling that. Just imagine how many more flights above our heads that will bring along with the noise, pollution and damage to our environment.

We are encouraging you to express your concerns to you at the Parish Council before the 15th December 2020.

This proposal does not have to go ahead, unless of course we do nothing. We are encouraging everyone, not just those of us under the proposed stack, to complete the Consultation Feedback Proforma and to have their say. We don’t have long; we have until the 5th February 2021 to have our say. Here is the link to the Proforma feedback form

https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/consultation/intro/

We at Against Luton Airport Stack, a working group of residents, endorsed by Perry Parish Council would appreciate hearing if your Parish too is opposed to the London Luton Airports proposed change in flight path, to above our heads?  We would also be interested to know what activities your Parish might be doing to support the community to engage in the Consultation process and would be very keen to work with you in opposing the proposed stack. We also wonder if you have any technical experts in your community – aviation, environment or legal – that may be able to support us on a pro bono basis? Sharing information rather than all of us reinventing a wheel could prove beneficial given we only have 12 weeks left to respond to the LLA proposal.

Our working group now has a website and social media presence, detailed below, and we would welcome you sharing details with your parishioners for them to join us.

www.AgainstLutonAirportStack.co.uk

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/Against-Luton-Airport-Stack-100706685199994/

We look forward and anticipate hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Sarah from Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS) Working Group, againstlutonairportstack@gmail.com

Perry Parish Clerk. clerk@perryparishcouncil.org.uk

Census is taking place in March 2021

What’s happening with the Census?

The Census is taking place in March 2021 as planned, the ONS has reviewed the Census plans in light of COVID19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely. This was confirmed by ONS to Local Authorities in October, here’s a link to the communication.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways, and it has further emphasised the need for up-to-date data about the population to help organisations shape services for society for the years to come.

For the first time this will be a digital-first Census, but paper copies will be available for those who need it. Help will be available for people who need support to take part online or need translations, through a public contact centre. Accessible options are also available.

ONS have listened to users and to broaden understanding of our modern society there are new and voluntary questions in this Census about armed forces leavers, gender identity and sexual orientation.

View here: Community Handbook

Consultation on Luton Airport flight paths

The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) have recently launched a consultation exercise on plans to make alterations to the flight paths and holding pattern arrangements for Luton airport.  These changes are being made in order to provide clear separation of the air traffic for Luton and Stansted airports, which currently overlap.  As the proposed flight paths are to the south of our district, there is likely to be little impact in Huntingdonshire.  However, the plans also include a new holding pattern for the airport which is intended to be over the south-western corner of Huntingdonshire (broadly circling round the line of the A1 from St Neots to Alconbury).  The intention is that aircraft in the holding zone will be flying at a height of over 8,000 feet and the consultation document sets out a position that this will not present a nuisance, either in terms of noise or pollution.

A web site, with “walk around” facility, video presentations and detailed information on the proposals has been set up by NATS and can be accessed here:  https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/.  NATS are also holding some open sessions by webinar and interested parties can book on to these from within the web site.  It is also possible to make comments on the proposals on the web site, if you would like to do so.

Hail Weston Parish Council are due to discuss the Airspace Change Proposal at their next (virtual) parish meeting on the 17.11.2020The consultation closes on 05.02.2021 any resident can make a comment direct to the consultation.  If you are concerned about the impact of the proposals and intend to provide a formal response to the consultation and wish to notify the parish council please send to Clerk@hailweston.org.uk.  Huntingdonshire District Council is planning to discuss the proposals at the Overview and Scrutiny meeting and Cabinet in January 2021 and, if considered necessary, comments will be submitted to NATS via the route mentioned above.

Jonathan Djanogly MP is also concerned about the impact of these changes and intends to provide a formal response to the consultation in due course.  He would also welcome constituents contacting him directly with their views on this issue so that he may accurately reflect local feeling in his consultation response.

 

Hail Weston Community Speed Watch

Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in communities around Cambridgeshire. It can be a factor in road traffic collisions and impacts on the day-to-day lives of people living in Hail Weston.

Hail Weston Parish Council have been contacted by residents about speeding vehicles on Ford Rd, B645 and within the village.  Vehicle ‘noise’ from bikes & cars is also mentioned as one of the biggest community concerns and as such PC wants to work to set up a Community Speed Watch.

Community Speed Watch is operated by Cambridgeshire Constabulary in partnership with HWPC and community volunteers supported by the County coordinator, full Covid-19 compliant training will be provided to any volunteers either by virtual or in groups less than 6.

We still require a further 6 volunteers for it to operate successfully: the intention is to organise several speed watch sessions so that HWPC can determine how well the current speed limits are being adhered to.

From the successful data capture in 2015, in which Tony Baker and volunteers commenced a speed survey which was instrumental in speed limit reductions on the B645 & Hail Weston village it is time to review, encourage more considerate driver behaviour and collaborate with Cambridgeshire constabulary to help shape any future action.

If you would like to be part of the Hail Weston Community Speed Watch team please contact Clerk@hailweston.org  Any hours of the week that you can spare will be helpful in building the data capture.

 

Hail Weston Community Led Plan

Hail Weston Community led plan

 It’s now nearly a year since the well-attended meeting in the village Hall when we announced the new plan for the period 2021-2026. Since then a lot has happened in the world and despite this, we have made good progress preparing the new plan.

Following the presentation last November, we have formed a steering group to formulate a strategy. Six sub groups were formed to prepare questionnaires for the following areas:

Demographics

Groups and societies

Housing and development

Transport

Wildlife and environment

Crime and safety

Over the last few months the groups have been compiling their questionnaires taking the previous exercise from 2015 as their reference point and then looking at how these could be developed to become appropriate for building a plan for the next 5 years.

In the new year we will be issuing a questionnaire to every resident in Hail Weston.  This will be your opportunity to have your say about how you think Hail Weston should develop in the next 5 years.

We are grateful to the Parish Council for providing financial support which will enable us to create the survey in both paper and electronic versions and to publish the final document without having to seek external funding.

Later on next year we will be launching the new plan for 2021-2026

and we will keep you informed about our timescale. We expect the plan will primarily be published as an online document but we will ensure that there are sufficient paper versions for those residents who prefer a more traditional format.

This whole exercise is a genuine community project which will be stronger for the more people that participate. We will keep you informed with our progress and look forward to engaging with as many people as possible in the new year.

Nick Farnden

 

 

 

Communities-urged-to-social-distance-and-stay-alert

Messages urging people to continue following the social distancing guidelines are being reiterated and translated into other languages to encourage people from all of Huntingdonshire’s communities to pull together to avoid a second peak of coronavirus – particularly ahead of a potentially warm weekend.

Please read more advice here:

https://www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/news/communities-urged-to-social-distance-and-stay-alert/

Fund raising gospel reading Marathon on 31st May to raise funds to help keep our Churches alive and active

We are doing a gospel marathon reading to raise funds to help keep our Churches alive and active in these difficult times. Our normal fundraising has been curtailed because of social distancing but we are hoping to install broadband in all three churches so we can maintain our outreach to the community now and in the future. There are always people who cannot get to church but would love to join in the worship.

Weʼre raising £1,000 to support our churches in the Benefice of the Staughtons with Hail Weston with a non stop gospel reading marathon on Sunday 31st May

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lesley-bland

Notice of Vacancy in office of Parish Councillor on the Hail Weston Parish Council

TWO Notices of Vacancy in office of Parish Councillor on the Hail Weston Parish Council

Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to the resignations of Councillor J Sugars and M Lobo there are TWO vacancies on the Hail Weston Parish Council.

Please see poster below and/or for further information if interested email Clerk@hailweston.org.uk

Notice of Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

Notice of Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

COVID 19 Update – New legislation introduced to allow ‘virtual’ Parish Meetings

As you may know all local authorities have been waiting for emergency legislation which would allow us to have Council meetings without councillors being physically present in the room. The Coronavirus Act was passed by Parliament at the end of last week and it contained s78 which dealt with the issue of Local Authority Meetings. The Act didn’t contain any detail itself, so we had to wait for the Secretary of State to publish regulations to set out the detail. These regulations have now been published this afternoon and come into force on Saturday 4th April 2020.

The Government has issued the regulations that will give local authorities greater flexibility in the conduct of meetings, including allowing members to attend remotely, and for public and press access to those meetings.
They apply to local authority meetings and police and crime panel meetings that are required to be held, or held, before 7 May 2021.

The Association of Democratic Services Officer (ADSO) guidance that has been published to sit alongside these Regulations, they have clarified that it was the intention of Parliament to enable publication of said notices on principal council websites but not that it would be mandatory to do so if the town or parish council could publish on their own websites. Hail Weston Parish Council publish on website here https://hailweston.org.uk/parish-council/meetings/.

  • Regulation 4 (2) carries the current appointment of chairman on until the Annual Meeting in May 2021 although councils may elect a chairman at earlier meeting should they wish to.
  • Regulation 5 covers remote attendance; extending the definition of “place” to include more than one location and including electronic, digital or virtual locations. It goes on to set out all the conditions that must be complied with, making sure the member attending remotely can be heard and where possible seen by other members and by the press and public and can hear and preferably see the other members.
  • Regulation 13 modifies the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 allowing for remote attendance by the press and public. Clerks should note that Regulation 13 (a) requires any electronic notice of a meeting to be published on the principal authority’s website and does not negate the normal requirement under Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12 Part II Paragraph 10 (2) (a) to publish a notice in a conspicuous place.