I’m afraid many of us – your reporters, too? – were caught napping on this one as the application appeared as an advert in the November 6 and 13 editions of the Herald.
Many missed it. Readers, therefore, had two days to respond when two weeks would have been better.
The chief objection seems to be traffic, traffic, traffic. It could be an exciting event.
The noise, of course, will carry for miles depending on the wind direction and residents could close their windows and wear earplugs.
But the only way to reach the airport is by car, realistically, although a few coaches might be laid on.
The Amex Stadium copes with large numbers because there are regular buses through Falmer and, of course, a railway station.
Not so Shoreham Airport – although the railway runs through it.
The Shoreham Society, through councillor Janet Mockridge, has requested a proper traffic study (in July) on the impact of a decent road along the airport edge from the ex-Sussex Pad to Saltings Roundabout, to relieve traffic through Shoreham centre. This would enable a bus service through the airport. There’s been no response yet.
If it were possible to build a temporary halt at the airport and somehow let trains stop there on event days, this could make a huge difference (and generate income for Southern Railway). It could be used for the airshow, too. But don’t hold your breath; we’re not very good at this sort of imaginative planning are we? Could we at least try?
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