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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:11 pm
:? if Weston goes we'll all be really sick :cry: :cry:

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:55 pm
by Bearcat
what are they draining with all the drainage work along side rwy 25?

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:13 pm
by incisor
Aren't they thinking the Liffey comes to mind! :) :)

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:30 pm
by Bearcat
very friggin funny....sorry i asked the ?!

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:24 am
by Bearcat
From todays indo:

Development of airfield unauthorised
MILLIONAIRE businessman Jim Mansfield's plans to develop Weston Aerodrome near Dublin received a set back in the High Court yesterday when the court upheld a South Dublin Co Council claim that most of the work there is unauthorised and requires planning permission.

He'll get so p*ssed off and when the ryder cup dream fails he'll sell/develop.

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:13 am
by Cosmic ... e_id=12411

Development of airfield unauthorised

MILLIONAIRE businessman Jim Mansfield's plans to develop Weston Aerodrome near Dublin received a set back in the High Court yesterday when the court upheld a South Dublin Co Council claim that most of the work there is unauthorised and requires planning permission.

Mr Mansfield had planned that Weston in Lucan Co Dublin would become a major airport for executive jets - but some local politicians and residents were worried about the impact of the development on the area. Mr Mansfield had argued the work done is exempted development. The matter was adjourned to May 9.

John Maddock and
Frank Khan

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:17 am
by Chaos
This court ruling does not really bear any significant relevance however, he may seek to negotiate with South Dub Co Co and file for retention of part or all of the new developments. Thats the way this guy operates . . .

What will be of significance is local residents in the vacinity could use the court ruling to seek a court injunction which court shut the gates at Weston.

JM appears to be playing a high risk strategy. I would be very concerned if I relied upon Weston to run my flying school or park my a/c. These issues are way outside any of the tenants control.

Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 9:38 am
by Cosmic
Did anyone see thr article in Yesterdays (5th May) Irish times? Mansfiedl reckons hes got Bill Clinton lined up to Open the New facilities at Weston and an interesting angle on the planning issues or lack there of? If anyone subscribes to Ireland online it would be handy to put the article on here, typing it outs gonna take ages!

Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 8:03 pm
by Cosmic
Clinton Invited to Open Aerodrome

Property Developer Jim Mansfield is hoping that former Us president Bill Clinton will open the refurbished Weston Aerodrome when he visits Ireland later this month

The airport development near Lucan has been controversial, with the high court ruling last week that certain works were unauthorised. However, Mr Mansfield said yesterday that this ruling did not affect the opening of the newly refurbished airport as the developments at issue were temporary structures erected until permanent structures were in place.

Mr Mansfield said he was not 100 per cent certain that Mr Clinton would be able to visit the airport but he was talking to Mr Clinton's people and "there is a good possibility, its probably going to happen".

The development was "99 per cent ready" and he hoped it would be ready for Mr Clinton's Irish visit. Mr Clinton' will be in Mr Mansfield's Citywest Hotel on May 23rd, when he will give a keynote address at a fundraising dinner for a national suicide prevention service being drawn up by RehabCare.

Mr Mansfield said he had an aircraft at Weston Aerodrome that had been used to transport the former US President Dwight Eisenhower and he thought Mr Clinton would like to see it.

A spokeswoman for Mr Clinton's office said she could not give any information about the former President's visit to Ireland.

"We typically do not post a public schedule for him anymore because he is now a private citizen" the spokeswoman said yesterday.

Mr Mansfield said his refurbishment of Weston Aerodrome had doubled its size. It includes a new control tower, offices, restaurant and viewing deck, runway surface, taxi-ways, car parking and more space for parking aircraft.

Last Thursday, the High Court upheld a claim by South Dublin County Council that certain development work at the airport was unauthorised and rejected Mr Mansfields claims that it was an exempted development because of its aiport status.

That ruling "doesn't affect this one bit at all" Mr Mansfield said, as the new buildings, which were replacing the unauthorised structures, were now in place.

He also said he was appealing South Dublin County Council's rejection of planning permission for a hotel and leisure centre. "That was dissapointing" Mr Mansfield said. "Its something I think is needed in the area.

The Irish Times, Thursday, May 5, 2005.

Posted: Mon May 16, 2005 5:57 pm
by Bearcat
i note Ben the airport manager allowed for a while touch and go's on 07 Sunday 15th but received 3 complaints from you guessed it Weston friggin park. I bet they walked out of their houses and said oh there using the rwy that points towards dublin, lets file a noise complaint.

Posted: Mon May 16, 2005 6:39 pm
by Cosmic
Weston must be a disaster for anyone trying to do a PPL. Where are people going for circuit training?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2005 6:43 pm
:D At least you can get started at Weston . How long will Trim keep you waiting to train in their old rattley spamcan :D

Posted: Wed May 18, 2005 2:13 pm
by Chaos
Lads I'm a getting totally p#ssed off with GA in this bleeding country! You can't simply enjoy your hobby without bleeding NIMBY's ruining the sport. JM been trying to manage these folks by going round them, there come a point where the situation comes to a head and I think he gotta take these problems head on . . . take them out of the situation. Sorry for blowing my top but enough is enough this gotta get sorted. Learjet short finals, I mean very short finals, brace, brace.

Posted: Thu May 19, 2005 8:29 am
by Bearcat
Big Jim's getting p*ssed off.....from todays Indo

Aerodrome may challenge council on planning rules

WESTON aerodrome has threatened Kildare County Council with court action if its development plan requires developers to obtain planning permission should they wish to make changes that would lead to an increase in airport traffic.

Noel Smyth and Partners, legal advisors to the aerodrome, told the council that the owner would also seek damages from the council for "unlawful and unjust interference".

The airport is owned by Jim Mansfield. Both the residents and the councillors are fearful that the airport on the Kildare/Dublin border will open up to commercial airline traffic impacting on the local area near Celbridge, Leixlip and Lucan.

The council's legal representative, WA Osborne informed councillors the council did not have the legal right to prohibit the use of the airport.

However, he pointed out that the council could go to the High Court if the use of the aerodrome intensified to a degree which would constitute a material change in the use now permitted.

Almost the entire council voted in favour of the legal advice recommended in the amended plan.

The paragraph included in relation to Weston will now read: "That any increase or change in the use of Weston aerodrome will require that Kildare County Council carry out a full assessment of any significant impact that may arise from such increase or change in use and take such action as may then be required to control any material change or material intensification of use."

Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 7:18 pm
by Cosmic
Aerodrome boss warned by council

THE owner of Weston aerodrome, Jim Mansfield, has until June 8 to respond to a warning letter issued by Kildare County Council concerning an alleged unauthorised development at the facility on the Dublin/Kildare border.

The local authority said unauthorised development may have been carried out to facilitate the use of the stopway/clearway for the taking off and landing of planes. It ordered Mr Mansfield to stop such activities.

The letter stated he could make submissions or observations on the matter within four weeks.

"We will await his response and if that is not forthcoming we will take whatever action is appropriate," said a council spokesperson. ... e_id=12513