January 2019 BRISTOL AIRPORT IS EXPANDING
The airport reached 8.5 million passengers per annum (mppa) last year and have a limit of 10 mppa. To give themselves the capacity to grow they have now applied to North Somerset Council to raise the limit to 12mppa. They have submitted a planning application to North Somerset DC that includes a wide range of changes to reach 12mppa and beyond, and the result they want to achieve is growth. Growth means more passengers which could see an increase of 30 – 40%. And that means more cars and more flights, day and night. The planning reference is 18/P/5118/OUT,
To handle additional passengers there will be many changes. Changes to increase the capacity of the roads, the layout and capacity of the on Airport roads and options on parking places and costs. Terminal, check-in, baggage handling, security, aircraft servicing and turn round all will have changes for expansion. The existing passenger walkways will get longer in both directions, all feeding more aircraft stands.
How will this affect us?
As local residents we know we will feel the impact of all this extra activity both in the building of the new facilities and then of course as the passenger numbers build. Winford and other Parish Council are critically examining the plans in order to prepare and submit detailed responses to North Somerset. The purpose is to foresee the impact of all this expansion and then with North Somerset DC and Airport management discuss how to make things work better for residents. The aim is to identify possible threats to our lifestyle enjoyment and request changes where possible to reduce some of the bad impacts.
The road plans include a reworking of the three critical road junctions, the Airport roundabout, the Downside road traffic lights and the West lane junction, to improve traffic flow and reduce the frequency of tail-back delays.
Winford Parish Council have raised many questions about how to reduce the parking problems around village roads and by Felton Church. In this we are looking to the Airport to fund and North Somerset DC to act to put parking controls in place that should restrict as far as possible the antisocial parking activities.
A parking place for airport taxi drivers on the airport is aimed at providing the taxis a better place to wait so that they don’t choose the village sites. We aim to keep pressure on both Airport and NSDC to deliver on the promises on these parking issues.
In this it is vital that as many residents as possible send in emails and letters to NS district Council before the 26th January to have the greatest impact. Email….