AIR QUALITY

The impact of an operational Fairoaks Airport on air quality is minimal, owing to the speed with which aircraft leave the area, the height at which they fly and because the majority of light aircraft engines do not burn diesel.

The impact of the predicted 4,000 additional road vehicles associated with the proposed development on air quality, particularly Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), would be highly detrimental.  It is likely, given the already high volumes of traffic in the area that the additional vehicles would raise the level of pollution above the safe annual average as outlined by European directives.

“Traffic congestion such as is experienced on busy high streets such as in Chobham is equivalent to passive smoking 10 cigarettes a day”, according to a Government source.

The proposed development’s impact on the air pollution levels make it unsupportable for any local authority that cares about the quality of life of its residents.

NOISE POLLUTION

Not only will the higher concentration of vehicles affect air pollution in the area, it would also increase the noise pollution levels for local residents.

Shutting the airstrip at Fairoaks would mean the elimination of Fairoaks’ 4-mile Aerodrome Traffic Zone, resulting in aircraft being routed over Chobham 200 ft lower (at 1,700 ft) to intercept the Instrument Landing System on the runway at Farnborough.  This increase in noise would be compounded further by the increase in air traffic over Chobham towards Farnborough, if Fairoaks Airport was to close.

G MARTY I2017 800x330It is important to note that very few jet-powered aircraft operate from Fairoaks Airport.  Jet-powered aircraft which currently fly low over Surrey Heath operate from Farnborough or Blackbushe Airport.

TRANSPORT

The roads around Fairoaks Airport are already subject to very high volumes of traffic and the proximity to junctions with the M3 and M25 mean there is a knock-on effect from accidents and traffic-jams on those motorways.

Any further increase in traffic levels will have an adverse effect on the economy due to the loss of productivity and the increased journey time for suppliers and staff.

Moreover, there is little that can be done to ease the situation in terms of public transport.  The two nearest railway stations - West Byfleet and Woking - are more than 3 miles away and the area is served by unreliable and infrequent bus services, which are delayed by the same traffic.  Expansion of the current bus routes is not feasible given the narrow and congested road network.  Adding to the congestion will not improve the position.

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