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New Gatwick flightpath trials are 'destroying' Sussex village life

The Argus: Angry Warnham residents Angry Warnham residents

Trials for a new flightpath from Gatwick Airport are “destroying” the lives of villagers.

Residents in Warnham, half an hour from Gatwick, are fed-up with low-flying aircraft going over their homes from 6am each day.

The trials, which started on February 17 and will continue for six months, are being run by National Air Traffic Services working with the airport.

Planes pass over the village at approximately 2,000ft and villagers say they can be as frequent as every five minutes.

Concerns have been raised for the health of the residents – particularly the elderly and disabled.

Resident Laura Standing said: “My daughter suffers with autism, sensory processing disorder with severe stress and anxiety and any change to her surroundings has a huge impact on her.

“The sounds of the planes and the vibrations they cause going over the house have already had a massive impact on her. She feels scared and even petrified at times.”

With a population of 2,000, residents feel the tranquillity of the village is being destroyed.

Resident Orla Constant said: “Warnham has never been on the flightpath and to suddenly find that Gatwick Airport is running a six-month trial overhead without consulting any of the local residents is quite simply unbelievable.

“Warnham is a traditional and tranquil Sussex village and this has suddenly been destroyed by the bombardment of low-flying noisy planes.”

As the new flightpath is running on a trial basis, no consultation is required for change of airspace. It also has the full permission of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Resident Sally Pavey said: “It feels like we are being bombed and they are destroying the village. They just decided without giving us any thought.”

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) claims that rural residents suffer more from noise pollution than urban residents as they are used to the peace – saying that this factor has been acknowledged in the noise regulations used by local authorities.

Brendon Sewill, chairman of GACC, said: “GACC is concerned that the trial of the new flightpath over Warnham is designed solely to get more aircraft off the Gatwick runway.

“It is intolerable that new misery and decline in house values should be caused just to create extra profit.”

GACC is fighting against proposals for the construction of a new runway at Gatwick.

A spokeswoman for Gatwick Airport said: “The trial is part of the Future Airspace Strategy; a UK-wide programme looking at modernising airspace routes and improving the efficiency of airspace.

“The departure route, which enables aircraft to climb more quickly after take-off, reduces the overall number of people affected by aircraft noise and overflight.”

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9:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

John Smith II says...

Presumably these difficulties must have been experienced by residents in other settlements before the change?

Does anyone in Warnham use flights from Gatwick?
Presumably these difficulties must have been experienced by residents in other settlements before the change? Does anyone in Warnham use flights from Gatwick? John Smith II
  • Score: 3

9:19am Thu 27 Feb 14

Tis I says...

Living near an Airport is always a risk, it seems this is about house prices and a NIMBY attitude! On the upside when they go on their expensive holidays they can now say "Ooh I can see my house"
Living near an Airport is always a risk, it seems this is about house prices and a NIMBY attitude! On the upside when they go on their expensive holidays they can now say "Ooh I can see my house" Tis I
  • Score: -4

11:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Having experienced 25 years of overflights north of Lewes why should one village be different from another?
Having experienced 25 years of overflights north of Lewes why should one village be different from another? Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: -6

11:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

Darren Jockey says...

There's always some people moaning about something, you can never please everyone. If they changed the flightpath residents in another area would probably complain instead. I say put up with it or move, simple as that. You knew the risks when you brought a property close to a busy international airport.
There's always some people moaning about something, you can never please everyone. If they changed the flightpath residents in another area would probably complain instead. I say put up with it or move, simple as that. You knew the risks when you brought a property close to a busy international airport. Darren Jockey
  • Score: -2

11:44am Thu 27 Feb 14

Brighton Living says...

Live with it or move. simple !!
Live with it or move. simple !! Brighton Living
  • Score: -2

1:08pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Perhaps it's really a case of being mildly irritated, rather than the village being destroyed.

As for it being like 'being bombed', perhaps they should ask a Syrian refugee what it is really like to have your village bombed.
Perhaps it's really a case of being mildly irritated, rather than the village being destroyed. As for it being like 'being bombed', perhaps they should ask a Syrian refugee what it is really like to have your village bombed. Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: -3

5:42pm Thu 27 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

Meanwhile, they all drive their little Tarquins around in offensive 4X4's, while consuming extreme amounts of natural resources to power their 50 inch televisions.........
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Meanwhile, they all drive their little Tarquins around in offensive 4X4's, while consuming extreme amounts of natural resources to power their 50 inch televisions......... .. All 9 of me
  • Score: -15

6:22pm Thu 27 Feb 14

bluemonday says...

ask the 4 children forced into protesting and posing if they would like to forfeit there holiday in the sun this year so they don't have to listen to planes in the morning.while your there ask the parents aswell
ask the 4 children forced into protesting and posing if they would like to forfeit there holiday in the sun this year so they don't have to listen to planes in the morning.while your there ask the parents aswell bluemonday
  • Score: -12

11:24pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

I wonder which airport they use when they go skiing?
Sorry residents of Warnham but not only have you shot yourselves in the foot but you are fighting a losing battle.
I respect your right to protest but also think you are being mean spirited.
I wonder which airport they use when they go skiing? Sorry residents of Warnham but not only have you shot yourselves in the foot but you are fighting a losing battle. I respect your right to protest but also think you are being mean spirited. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: -7

12:33am Fri 28 Feb 14

Jam1001 says...

People need to realise that the country can not live in the past. Its always a shame when towns and villages are ruined but we need to make way for the future. Small villages need to adapt with an ever changing world, we can not be stuck in the past.

But thankfully England, despite being hoghly populated still has thoisands of quont little villages that are away from modernisation and are very peaceful. If they were all to go i would be very unhappy but we can spare a few.
People need to realise that the country can not live in the past. Its always a shame when towns and villages are ruined but we need to make way for the future. Small villages need to adapt with an ever changing world, we can not be stuck in the past. But thankfully England, despite being hoghly populated still has thoisands of quont little villages that are away from modernisation and are very peaceful. If they were all to go i would be very unhappy but we can spare a few. Jam1001
  • Score: -11

3:35pm Sat 1 Mar 14

JoeV says...

I actually thought I was back in the Scottish Highlands where low flying jets are often heard but not so often seen, but no this is Ho'sham, or rather Warnham a delightful little village on the north western side of Ho'shsm and now on the new South Western approach flight path to Gatwick Airport..
I actually thought I was back in the Scottish Highlands where low flying jets are often heard but not so often seen, but no this is Ho'sham, or rather Warnham a delightful little village on the north western side of Ho'shsm and now on the new South Western approach flight path to Gatwick Airport.. JoeV
  • Score: 18

4:55pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Eddie Shar says...

Easily seen the urban dwellers on here have little sense for country. I don't envy them their envy of village life, but if they choose to go live in the metropolis then they can have the noise that would make little difference to their clamorous background.
Brighton International for London's 3rd airport .

Meanwhile the residents of Warnham should be left in peace.
There was a perfectly good approach corridor to the west of Gatwick inline with the runway that had no settlements of any size within earshot.

What possessed planners to come up with these crazy Warnham overflights defies belief.
Easily seen the urban dwellers on here have little sense for country. I don't envy them their envy of village life, but if they choose to go live in the metropolis then they can have the noise that would make little difference to their clamorous background. Brighton International for London's 3rd airport . Meanwhile the residents of Warnham should be left in peace. There was a perfectly good approach corridor to the west of Gatwick inline with the runway that had no settlements of any size within earshot. What possessed planners to come up with these crazy Warnham overflights defies belief. Eddie Shar
  • Score: 21

5:01pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Eddie Shar says...

Jam1001 wrote:
People need to realise that the country can not live in the past. Its always a shame when towns and villages are ruined but we need to make way for the future. Small villages need to adapt with an ever changing world, we can not be stuck in the past.

But thankfully England, despite being hoghly populated still has thoisands of quont little villages that are away from modernisation and are very peaceful. If they were all to go i would be very unhappy but we can spare a few.
No they don't. Learning to value and protect what we've got isn't living in the past ! The future has to make way for us if its to be any future worth having.

Don't listen to the so called 'progressives'.
They're always looking forward because they cannt face the disasters they leave in their trail.
[quote][p][bold]Jam1001[/bold] wrote: People need to realise that the country can not live in the past. Its always a shame when towns and villages are ruined but we need to make way for the future. Small villages need to adapt with an ever changing world, we can not be stuck in the past. But thankfully England, despite being hoghly populated still has thoisands of quont little villages that are away from modernisation and are very peaceful. If they were all to go i would be very unhappy but we can spare a few.[/p][/quote]No they don't. Learning to value and protect what we've got isn't living in the past ! The future has to make way for us if its to be any future worth having. Don't listen to the so called 'progressives'. They're always looking forward because they cannt face the disasters they leave in their trail. Eddie Shar
  • Score: 20

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