Just to let everyone know that I asked Mark if he would make this thread a Sticky, which means it will be kept at the top of the Forum.
I expressed my opinion to Mark that the problems at Weston with the Local Community was an important one, not just the people who fly from Weston but a wider issue for G.A in Ireland. He kindly agreed to make it a sticky and merge some of them into one.
The idea behind it is that there have been numerous threads on Weston and it would be more productive to bring them together as a focal point and to keep the issue fresh in everyones mind. So any articles in the Newspapers or updates can be posted here.
From todays Irish Independant: http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/ ... e_id=12247
MILLIONAIRE developer Jim Mansfield yesterday hit back at criticism of his plans to develop the Weston Aerodrome into a major airport for executive jets.
An application has also been made for a "safeguarding map" around the airport, effectively an exclusion zone for any future development directly under the flight path of aircraft.
Local politicians in the Kildare area are objecting to plans to upgrade the airport from Code 1 to Code 3 status, insisting this will increase the airport's permitted runway length and its capacity.
Such a move would introduce the possibility of the airport accepting larger commercial traffic.
There are widespread concerns about the implications of extending the use of Weston, which is near Celbridge, for the thousands of people living in the north Kildare/ west Dublin area.
Senan Griffin, Fine Gael councillor for Maynooth, claimed the quality of life of those living in the area has already been adversely affected because of an increase in the number of landings and take offs.
Kildare Co Council will today decide on a proposed upgrade of the airport as part of the Draft County Development Plan.
Mr Mansfield said yesterday he just wanted to ensure there would be no building under the flight path of the airport towards the west.
A massive hedge-cutting operation at Weston along the Celbridge to Lucan road has dramatically changed the landscape in the area in recent weeks. However Mr Mansfield denied that trees had been cut.
Mr Mansfield told the Irish Independent yesterday his plan for Weston was concentrated on executive jet business, with groups flying in for conferences and rugby matches.
He said the aerodrome had mainly been used for training purposes and had become far safer and quieter in recent years. He said the runway for planes heading west was 1,410 metres which qualified for Code 3 status.
He said he had not been involved in talks with Arab interests who wanted to store jets at Weston, but they were interested in the jet storage business.
A meeting of Kildare Co Council heard that only aircraft with a wing span of 15 metres were allowed to use the facility at present. The proposed expansion plans would accommodate aircraft carrying up to 19 passengers..
A consultant has claimed that aircraft exceeding this are already using the facility in a clear contravention of the regulations. But yesterday Mr Mansfield dismissed these claims.
South Dublin County Council recently refused planning permission for a hotel and leisure complex on farm lands attached to Weston airport as it would lead to an intensification of development at the aerodrome.