Airport calls for more input as consultation enters final stage

Airport to continue taking consultation responses for an additional week in May

Edinburgh Airport has today (Tuesday, 4 April) thanked thousands of people who have responded to the second stage of public consultation on airspace change – and is now calling on others to offer their response too as the consultation enters into its final period.
The consultation is inviting views on preferred flight paths in the airspace surrounding the airport to allow for maximum operational benefits whilst minimising the impact on local communities.
This second stage of public consultation was launched on 30 January and the responses and findings will be presented to the Civil Aviation Authority.
Due to the interest from communities and a call for meetings towards the end the consultation period the airport has today decided to continue taking consultation responses for an additional week in May.
Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive Gordon Dewar, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the consultation response; the vibrant process is going well with a high level of quantity and quality of the responses.
“By the end of this stage of the consultation we will have attended more than 20 meetings in communities across West Lothian, Fife and Edinburgh. This has been a valuable listening exercise for us as well as giving us an opportunity to share information with our neighbouring communities.
“By continuing to raise awareness we will enable even more people to respond which will give us an even clearer understanding of the views from all those with an interest in this issue.
“We are absolutely committed to delivering a robust consultation process and have invited community councils to work with us to ensure that our consultation methods enable local people to participate.
“It is for this reason that we will be accommodating more meetings towards the end of the month and we are happy to confirm today that the consultation will continue accepting responses for an additional week in May.
“If you haven’t already responded please go to www.letsgofurther.com to make sure you have your say.”
A number of public drop in sessions, public meetings and community council engagement meetings are scheduled during the second stage of public consultation:
Thursday, 23 February – Livingston drop in session
Monday, 27 February – Ratho Community Council meeting
Thursday, 2 March – Cramond drop-in session
Saturday, 4 March – Winchburgh drop-in session
Monday, 6 March – Kirknewton drop-in session
Wednesday, 8 March – Almond Neighbourhood Partnership meeting
Saturday, 11 March – Ecclesmachin drop in session
Monday, 13 March – Dunfermline public meeting
Tuesday, 14 March – Livingston public meeting
Wednesday, 15 March – South Queensferry Council meeting
Thursday, 16 March – Kinghorn Community Council meeting
Monday, 27 March – Granton Community Council meeting
Tuesday, 28 March – Charleston, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir Community Council meeting
Monday, 3 April – Dalgety Bay and Hillend Community Council
Tuesday, 4 April – Port Seaton and Cockenzie Community Council meeting
Thursday, 6 April – South Queensferry Community Council meeting
Thursday, 13 April – Equalities drop in session at Hilton Doubletree Hotel at Edinburgh Airport
Tuesday, 18 April – Falkirk drop in session
Wednesday, 19 April – Winchburgh public meeting
Thursday, 20 April – Dunfermline Rotary Club Talk
There are more to be confirmed.
To give stakeholders even greater confidence Edinburgh Airport has also commissioned the Consultation Institute to conduct a Quality Assurance of the consultation process.