Response to airport take-off changes

Following an extra take-off route having been suggested, the Society has responded further (see copy of letter attached below) to the recent consultation. This additional route reinstates a version of the ‘Hampton Turn’ and would have the effect of aircraft leaving the airport flying closer to Knowle than our preferred suggested route. We have re-emphasised our support for the ‘straight-on’ route.

Airport take-off changes May 2013

Birmingham Airport – runway extension

The proposed new aircraft departure routes differ from the current ones by the removal of the existing 20 degree turn towards Knowle; consequently aircraft will pass further away from Knowle than at present. The Knowle Society believes that the changes are beneficial to Knowle and will be responding positively to the changes in writing.

The existing departure routes for airport runway 15 to the South have been reviewed in order to comply with Civil Aviation Authority requirements. Consultation has been carried out with representatives from local communities, including The Knowle Society, over a number of months, culminating in airport representatives holding a series of meetings in the local communities affected.

Parking in Knowle – changes afoot!

The Society has invited Paul Tovey from SMBC to give us a short presentation on SMBC’s strategy for introducing ticketed free parking and charging in Knowle (and across Solihull). This will be followed by comments and questions.

Monday 25th February at Knowle Village Hall from 8.00-9.30pm. Doors will open at 7.30pm.

May we remind you that the hall will only accommodate 200, so it will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

(This is part of the public consultation process and is quite separate from the Kimberley Development’s planning application for a Waitrose store.)

Public Consultation re parking in Knowle

Airport Consultation

We have received notification of a public consultation about proposed flight path changes at Birmingham Airport and believe that this will be of interest to our members. This will be held in the Village Hall:
Monday 21st January 1000-1200
Monday 28th January 1900-2100

The poster has not reproduced well on this website so the text is repeated below.

Public consultation

In order to make use of the extended runway, Birmingham Airport is consulting on two Airspace Change Proposals. The first is regarding the proposed new arrival procedures for aircraft landing onto runway 33 i.e. landing from the South) and the second concerns the proposed new departure procedures for aircraft taking off from runway 15, – i.e. towards the South.

These proposed new procedures are the subject
of public consultation.

To supplement the public consultation information, we are holding a series of ‘roadshows’ and will be visiting your area as below:
Village Hall, Knowle

Monday 21st January 1000-1200
Monday 28th January 1900-2100

Full details of the proposals are available on our
or call 0121 767 7433 to request a hard copy

Airport consultation – Knowle

Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in February 2012

1. A meeting was expected shortly in which Kimberley Developments will explain to the Society’s Planning committee representatives what steps it is taking in response to the objections raised by the Society to its latest planning application for a Waitrose store

2. Yorkshire Tea was reported to have made a generous donation of teabags and decorative paraphernalia for use in the Village Tea Party to be held in celebration of the Society’s Golden Jubilee on 5th May.

3. Any Questions? – This event has been oversubscribed, the name of the fourth panellist has yet to be announced. All arrangements with Arden Academy are now in hand for this prestigious event.

4. AGM – Gary Masters announced that he will be retiring at this AGM and therefore there will be a further vacancy for a Trustee Director. The name of a possible new nominee was discussed. It was agreed to continue with previous practice and have a tea/coffee break after the formal business.

5. The two councillors present provided updates on the Solihull Local Plan (the final version to be submitted for approval by the Secretary of State is out for discussion – the Society will be making a submission on the intended advancing of plans to build housing in Four Ashes, Hampton Road and Grove Road); the removal of protection of the Relief Road Line (aka the by-pass land) [*see further detail below]; the Royal British Legion building will be used again for a polling station instead of Arden School; an area of the Borough (not Knowle) will try reducing street lighting hours on an experimental basis; the Conservation Advisory Committee (CAC) will be brought out of mothballs for consideration of the Kimberley/Waitrose planning application – SMBC decision on this application is expected in late March; a free parking period in Borough car parks will continue – the hours are subject to further discussion; Tilehouse Green Lane is due to be resurfaced in the Spring.

6. No 8 Wilsons Road (the last one in residential use in that block) has been approved for conversion to office use.

7. Copies of a report on an aircraft noise monitoring exercise in Knowle were circulated; the Society is pressing for further clarification on the data about flights made at the extreme edge of the allowed corridor where these pass closest to Knowle.

8. Planting of a tree, possibly in Jobs Close (Knowle) Park in commemoration of the Society’s Jubilee was discussed. Details of the Streamside Trust (land by Wychwood Avenue) were explained by one of the local councillors and the Society expressed its continued interest in being able to contribute to the future trusteeship/management of that land.

9, A very successful guided tour of Knowle for a local cub pack was reported. It was recognised that this sort of activity was important if youngsters were to be encouraged to take a future interest in civic matters; the Society being keen to develop a youth interest within its structure.

10. A new committee of the Trustee board was under consideration that would combine the current one-man-bands of publicity, membership, newsletter, distribution and the website.

11. A member had expressed an interest in moving forward the Knowle Green Community Project (the old toilet block) and the Society would be meeting with him to explore his interest.

[* Reasons given for removal of protection on Relief Road Line were: a) The Highways Agency says that it is no longer needed as the M40/M42 have proved to be effective in carrying traffic away from Knowle, b) a by-pass might prevent people from coming into Knowle to shop, c) the route would cut right between residential areas and cut them off from the village centre and d) a by-pass wouldn’t actually be put on that line today anyway.]