Edinburgh flight path consultation extended after online data is lost

Data glitch means extra time to have your say on the impact of altering flight paths above Edinburgh 

East coast residents have a further week to have their say on Edinburgh Airport’s flight path consultation now that the deadline has been extended to Monday, 19 September.
Some of those who have already given their input are also being urged by the airport to do so again after revealing that some of the data submitted online wasn’t saved.
The airport, which today (Tuesday, 6 September) announced a seven-day extension to the Airspace Change Programme public consultation, is making a public plea to people who submitted online input via the website between 10.31am on Monday, 29 August and 12.05pm on Friday, 2 September, to resubmit their entries after 199 pieces of data were lost.
It says the data submitted between these dates and times weren’t saved during a planned upgrade of the site.
It also says there have been thousands of responses so far and that while the number not saved is small in comparison, it’s committed to making sure everyone is given the opportunity to have their say.
Of the 199 lost submissions, 21 email addresses were captured and the airport has vowed to contact those individuals directly to explain the situation and request that they resubmit.
Gordon Robertson, Edinburgh Airport’s director of communications, said: “Edinburgh Airport has been conducting its Lets Go Further ACP consultation since June this year and has already had an excellent response with thousands of submissions.
“We have identified that responses submitted via the consultation website between 10:31am on Monday 29 August and 12:05 pm Friday 2 September did not save during a planned upgrade of the site.
“Although this is a relatively small number of responses in the context of the overall number of submissions, we are committed to ensuring that all who want to comment on our plans can.
“Despite this 21 email addresses were captured and the airport has this morning responded to them directly to explain the situation and request they resubmit.
“To that end we are asking anyone whose response may therefore not be visible to us to resubmit their views via the website.
“We will extend the consultation by one week with the finish date now being Monday 19th September and we will be contacting all stakeholders to inform them of this extension.
“We apologise wholeheartedly for this and believe that this extension offers sufficient time for people to resubmit their input.”
To have your say or resubmit, go to #letsgofurther
The closing date for submissions is now 23.59 on Monday, 19 September 2016.
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Hannah Hamilton, who is a former Fife College student, is a reporter and assistant content editor for Scotland B2B, specialising in B2B news and features. She can be contacted via editorial@scotlandb2b-eastcoast.co.uk