Fairoaks housing fight
Michael Gove, MP is lending his support to the ‘No Fairoaks New Town’ fight to stop housing development on Fairoaks airport
GAIN (The General Aviation Infrastructure Network) is supporting the ‘No Fairoaks New Town’ campaign which is seeking to protect Fairoaks Airport from the proposed ‘garden village’ development of up to 2,000 houses that would end aviation activities at the Surrey airfield.
No Fairoaks New Town was founded by Krikor Krikorian and is funded by donations from local residents and businesses keen to save this important community asset, says campaign Chairman Douglas Mancini. “I am delighted to receive support from GAIN at national level and am very appreciative of the assistance they have already given. GAIN’S help, combined with the overwhelming local support we have received, further solidifies my confidence that we will succeed in saving Fairoaks as the critical community hub it is.”
On 7 July
as guest of the campaign and heard about the importance of the airport to the local community. “Michael has been very supportive of our campaign so far, including signing our petition,” says Mancini. “The future of the airport is important to the local economy and Michael is keen to see this asset protected, along with the Green Belt upon which it sits.”
Mr Gove toured some of the airport’s resident business including GAMA Aviation, Synergy and High Level Photography, and made a flight around the local area in a Piper Mirage, viewing the airport and his constituency from the air, and seeing precious habitats and the environment which would be destroyed if the housing development went ahead. “I have led the campaign to say ‘no’ to the development here until we get absolute guarantees and insurances… [and] am delighted to have the maximum possible support for the position that commands the support of the majority of our constituents,” he said. GAIN is working with the GA Community and particularly closely with the All Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation, and is helping the campaigns for a number of GA airfields under threat. Chairman Pauline Vahey said, “No Fairoaks New Town has already achieved great success through the local petition of over 5,300 signatures. We are looking forward to helping the campaign build support within the local community, nationally, and ultimately to save the airport, which is a vital part of the national infrastructure network.
“GAIN is encouraging local authorities to take a longer-term view based on a properly informed understanding of the benefits of general aviation. We recognise the value of GA to the UK economy, the local community and to the aviation sector, so we are seeking to establish the necessary legal protections to prevent the haphazard destruction of our nation’s aviation infrastructure network, of which Fairoaks Airport is an irreplaceable part.” More information at: Gainetwork.org.uk and nofairoaksnewtown.uk In memory of the late
the him, to be sited outside Edinburgh Airport’s terminal building.
In 1937 ‘Winkle’ entered Edinburgh University to study German, joined its University Air Unit (now University Air Squadron) and learned to fly at RAF Turnhouse, now Edinburgh Airport. The Air Unit was attached to 603 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force, with which ‘Winkle’ logged 130 hours. His subsequent career as a Fleet Air Arm pilot and test pilot is legendary, including post-war test flying of captured Luftwaffe aircraft, and saw him log 487 different types and make a record 2,407 carrier deck landings.
The Edinburgh University Air Squadron Association also hopes to raise sufficient funds to enable several young people to learn to fly through Flying Scholarships. For more details email: winkleap[email protected]
A New Zealander, Sinclair has been CEO of Bristol Airport since 2008, prior to which he was the Chief Financial Officer of Auckland International Airport following a ten-year career in investment banking. He will take up his new role at LCY on 30 October
“I’m excited to be joining London City Airport,” he says. “It’s an airport that plays a vital role in connecting Britain, and in particular its business community, globally and through the City Airport Development Programme it will be able to serve 6.5 million passengers per year, and 111,000 flight movements by 2025, adding much needed aviation capacity at a time when Britain needs it most.”
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP had a flight over Fairoaks’ local area when he visited in July
New London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair
Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown with a Sea Hawk, one of 487 different types he flew