Residents consulted over the future of North Weald Airfield

Public meetings begin over the future of North Weald Airfield

Public meetings begin over the future of North Weald Airfield

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The first of two public events, which will be used to help decide the future of North Weald Airfield, will take place on Saturday. People living nearby are invited to attend the drop in session between 10.30am and 2pm at North Weald Village Hall, to have their say on what they think the Airfield should be used for. North Weald Bassett Parish Council will soon be entering into talks with consultants hired by Epping Forest District Council, over plans for the site. Suggestions so far include new housing, sporting and leisure facilities.

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6:11pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Trevor 2 says...

There should NO question about the future of the airfield. No development of ANY kind. The freedom of this country rested in the hands of the pilots who flew from North Weald, and died fighting, for Britain against Hitler and his gang. Any action that decries their bravery, is an insult of the first order!
There should NO question about the future of the airfield. No development of ANY kind. The freedom of this country rested in the hands of the pilots who flew from North Weald, and died fighting, for Britain against Hitler and his gang. Any action that decries their bravery, is an insult of the first order! Trevor 2
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9:33am Sat 2 Feb 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Trevor 2 wrote:
There should NO question about the future of the airfield. No development of ANY kind. The freedom of this country rested in the hands of the pilots who flew from North Weald, and died fighting, for Britain against Hitler and his gang. Any action that decries their bravery, is an insult of the first order!
I know the airfield only from going past it on the way to somewhere else, so I'm no position to offer an opinion on how it should be used in future.

I do think, however, that your reasons for doing nothing with it are off the mark. The pilots who died in the war did not do so in order to see a large bleak spot in the country preserved for eternity. It's not as if it is really sacred and unused. Aren't huge car boot sales held there?

The local residents may support or object to proposals and that's up to them. But I don't think they should be influenced by events of nearly 70 years ago which have barely left any mark on the site.
[quote][p][bold]Trevor 2[/bold] wrote: There should NO question about the future of the airfield. No development of ANY kind. The freedom of this country rested in the hands of the pilots who flew from North Weald, and died fighting, for Britain against Hitler and his gang. Any action that decries their bravery, is an insult of the first order![/p][/quote]I know the airfield only from going past it on the way to somewhere else, so I'm no position to offer an opinion on how it should be used in future. I do think, however, that your reasons for doing nothing with it are off the mark. The pilots who died in the war did not do so in order to see a large bleak spot in the country preserved for eternity. It's not as if it is really sacred and unused. Aren't huge car boot sales held there? The local residents may support or object to proposals and that's up to them. But I don't think they should be influenced by events of nearly 70 years ago which have barely left any mark on the site. Helen, Walthamstow
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10:17am Sat 2 Feb 13

Trevor 2 says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Trevor 2 wrote:
There should NO question about the future of the airfield. No development of ANY kind. The freedom of this country rested in the hands of the pilots who flew from North Weald, and died fighting, for Britain against Hitler and his gang. Any action that decries their bravery, is an insult of the first order!
I know the airfield only from going past it on the way to somewhere else, so I'm no position to offer an opinion on how it should be used in future.

I do think, however, that your reasons for doing nothing with it are off the mark. The pilots who died in the war did not do so in order to see a large bleak spot in the country preserved for eternity. It's not as if it is really sacred and unused. Aren't huge car boot sales held there?

The local residents may support or object to proposals and that's up to them. But I don't think they should be influenced by events of nearly 70 years ago which have barely left any mark on the site.
Helen, you owe your present day freedom to the guys who flew from these and other 'large bleak spots'. Using the apron and taxiways for markets and special events is nothing like plastering an historic site with housing. Too many of this country's landmarks like North Weald airfield have been lost to 'developers' who have desroyed more than the Luftwaffe ever could. Sorry if this sounds like a rant but I am exceedingly proud of what these pilots, and the rest of my fathers generation, did in WW11.
It took long enougn for a memorial to Bomber Command. Let's just leave the airfield as a memorial.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trevor 2[/bold] wrote: There should NO question about the future of the airfield. No development of ANY kind. The freedom of this country rested in the hands of the pilots who flew from North Weald, and died fighting, for Britain against Hitler and his gang. Any action that decries their bravery, is an insult of the first order![/p][/quote]I know the airfield only from going past it on the way to somewhere else, so I'm no position to offer an opinion on how it should be used in future. I do think, however, that your reasons for doing nothing with it are off the mark. The pilots who died in the war did not do so in order to see a large bleak spot in the country preserved for eternity. It's not as if it is really sacred and unused. Aren't huge car boot sales held there? The local residents may support or object to proposals and that's up to them. But I don't think they should be influenced by events of nearly 70 years ago which have barely left any mark on the site.[/p][/quote]Helen, you owe your present day freedom to the guys who flew from these and other 'large bleak spots'. Using the apron and taxiways for markets and special events is nothing like plastering an historic site with housing. Too many of this country's landmarks like North Weald airfield have been lost to 'developers' who have desroyed more than the Luftwaffe ever could. Sorry if this sounds like a rant but I am exceedingly proud of what these pilots, and the rest of my fathers generation, did in WW11. It took long enougn for a memorial to Bomber Command. Let's just leave the airfield as a memorial. Trevor 2
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3:30pm Sat 2 Feb 13

villager1 says...

Why should a decaying bit a concrete used for car boot sales be a memorial to these brave men rather than the provision of decent affordable housing for the next generation? these men as with all the others fought for freedom and a better life, not I am sure for the site to be left as a waste land. The streets could be named after them and any memorial incorporated in the lay out. In now way would this erase their bravery - our freedom is the outcome of their bravery not a few acres of concrete. Better to locate housing there than on green fields which will be the other option.
Why should a decaying bit a concrete used for car boot sales be a memorial to these brave men rather than the provision of decent affordable housing for the next generation? these men as with all the others fought for freedom and a better life, not I am sure for the site to be left as a waste land. The streets could be named after them and any memorial incorporated in the lay out. In now way would this erase their bravery - our freedom is the outcome of their bravery not a few acres of concrete. Better to locate housing there than on green fields which will be the other option. villager1
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9:10pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Trevor 2 wrote:
There should NO question about the future of the airfield. No development of ANY kind. The freedom of this country rested in the hands of the pilots who flew from North Weald, and died fighting, for Britain against Hitler and his gang. Any action that decries their bravery, is an insult of the first order!
I know the airfield only from going past it on the way to somewhere else, so I'm no position to offer an opinion on how it should be used in future.

I do think, however, that your reasons for doing nothing with it are off the mark. The pilots who died in the war did not do so in order to see a large bleak spot in the country preserved for eternity. It's not as if it is really sacred and unused. Aren't huge car boot sales held there?

The local residents may support or object to proposals and that's up to them. But I don't think they should be influenced by events of nearly 70 years ago which have barely left any mark on the site.
I cannot recall you ever saying you were a plot?

The North Wield Airport is a memorial to the Aces who flew to protect this fantastic Country against the Hitler and Mussolinis (who switched sides on numerous occasions like the SDP Members)

This is a monument to British Aviation and whilst you riddicule a 70 year old piece of history, please acknowledge one fact?

There are still alive, to this day, people who are reading you insolence?

Please do not 'diss' them (as you now say for 'disrespect' but please hold your head high in admiration?
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trevor 2[/bold] wrote: There should NO question about the future of the airfield. No development of ANY kind. The freedom of this country rested in the hands of the pilots who flew from North Weald, and died fighting, for Britain against Hitler and his gang. Any action that decries their bravery, is an insult of the first order![/p][/quote]I know the airfield only from going past it on the way to somewhere else, so I'm no position to offer an opinion on how it should be used in future. I do think, however, that your reasons for doing nothing with it are off the mark. The pilots who died in the war did not do so in order to see a large bleak spot in the country preserved for eternity. It's not as if it is really sacred and unused. Aren't huge car boot sales held there? The local residents may support or object to proposals and that's up to them. But I don't think they should be influenced by events of nearly 70 years ago which have barely left any mark on the site.[/p][/quote]I cannot recall you ever saying you were a plot? The North Wield Airport is a memorial to the Aces who flew to protect this fantastic Country against the Hitler and Mussolinis (who switched sides on numerous occasions like the SDP Members) This is a monument to British Aviation and whilst you riddicule a 70 year old piece of history, please acknowledge one fact? There are still alive, to this day, people who are reading you insolence? Please do not 'diss' them (as you now say for 'disrespect' but please hold your head high in admiration? Cornbeefur
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11:38pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Villager1, you said what I set out to say, and I'm sorry if I phrased it rather badly.

Trevor2, please be assured that I do not want the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war to be forgotten. Both my parents were in the armed forces. They survived, but several of their friends and relations did not and were always remembered in our family, even by those of my generation who never actually knew them. I just don't feel that an airfield that for many years has not been used for its original purpose and looks largely derelict is really a fitting memorial to the pilots who were based there. Weekly car boot sales, drag racing a few days a year and an occasional air day is not part of a fitting memorial.

Is there an alternative plan for the site to be considered? I've looked up the airfield users' association website but it has not been particularly helpful and, indeed, has not been updated recently.
Villager1, you said what I set out to say, and I'm sorry if I phrased it rather badly. Trevor2, please be assured that I do not want the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war to be forgotten. Both my parents were in the armed forces. They survived, but several of their friends and relations did not and were always remembered in our family, even by those of my generation who never actually knew them. I just don't feel that an airfield that for many years has not been used for its original purpose and looks largely derelict is really a fitting memorial to the pilots who were based there. Weekly car boot sales, drag racing a few days a year and an occasional air day is not part of a fitting memorial. Is there an alternative plan for the site to be considered? I've looked up the airfield users' association website but it has not been particularly helpful and, indeed, has not been updated recently. Helen, Walthamstow
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5:39am Sun 3 Feb 13

Trevor 2 says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villager1, you said what I set out to say, and I'm sorry if I phrased it rather badly.

Trevor2, please be assured that I do not want the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war to be forgotten. Both my parents were in the armed forces. They survived, but several of their friends and relations did not and were always remembered in our family, even by those of my generation who never actually knew them. I just don't feel that an airfield that for many years has not been used for its original purpose and looks largely derelict is really a fitting memorial to the pilots who were based there. Weekly car boot sales, drag racing a few days a year and an occasional air day is not part of a fitting memorial.

Is there an alternative plan for the site to be considered? I've looked up the airfield users' association website but it has not been particularly helpful and, indeed, has not been updated recently.
North Weald is an airfield owned and run by the Epping Forest District Council. It is very much operational with aircraft storage and maintenance available on site. Indeed I believe the musician Gary Newman stores his aircraft there. It is the fact that it is STILL a usable airfield that makes it a fitting tribute to the men who flew out of it during the Second World War. Most of these famous airfields HAVE, unfortunately, been built on and disappeared from the landscape. The young people of today should be able to see where their forbears operated from to secure this country's freedom and not a housing estate with a few of 'The Few' named on road signs.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: Villager1, you said what I set out to say, and I'm sorry if I phrased it rather badly. Trevor2, please be assured that I do not want the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war to be forgotten. Both my parents were in the armed forces. They survived, but several of their friends and relations did not and were always remembered in our family, even by those of my generation who never actually knew them. I just don't feel that an airfield that for many years has not been used for its original purpose and looks largely derelict is really a fitting memorial to the pilots who were based there. Weekly car boot sales, drag racing a few days a year and an occasional air day is not part of a fitting memorial. Is there an alternative plan for the site to be considered? I've looked up the airfield users' association website but it has not been particularly helpful and, indeed, has not been updated recently.[/p][/quote]North Weald is an airfield owned and run by the Epping Forest District Council. It is very much operational with aircraft storage and maintenance available on site. Indeed I believe the musician Gary Newman stores his aircraft there. It is the fact that it is STILL a usable airfield that makes it a fitting tribute to the men who flew out of it during the Second World War. Most of these famous airfields HAVE, unfortunately, been built on and disappeared from the landscape. The young people of today should be able to see where their forbears operated from to secure this country's freedom and not a housing estate with a few of 'The Few' named on road signs. Trevor 2
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6:15pm Sun 3 Feb 13

papalansar says...

Trevor 2 wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villager1, you said what I set out to say, and I'm sorry if I phrased it rather badly.

Trevor2, please be assured that I do not want the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war to be forgotten. Both my parents were in the armed forces. They survived, but several of their friends and relations did not and were always remembered in our family, even by those of my generation who never actually knew them. I just don't feel that an airfield that for many years has not been used for its original purpose and looks largely derelict is really a fitting memorial to the pilots who were based there. Weekly car boot sales, drag racing a few days a year and an occasional air day is not part of a fitting memorial.

Is there an alternative plan for the site to be considered? I've looked up the airfield users' association website but it has not been particularly helpful and, indeed, has not been updated recently.
North Weald is an airfield owned and run by the Epping Forest District Council. It is very much operational with aircraft storage and maintenance available on site. Indeed I believe the musician Gary Newman stores his aircraft there. It is the fact that it is STILL a usable airfield that makes it a fitting tribute to the men who flew out of it during the Second World War. Most of these famous airfields HAVE, unfortunately, been built on and disappeared from the landscape. The young people of today should be able to see where their forbears operated from to secure this country's freedom and not a housing estate with a few of 'The Few' named on road signs.
If they want to see an eample of how our forebearers operated aircraft during WW2 then I suggest they pay a visit to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford not some decaying aerodrome subsidised by the council used by amateur aviation enthusiasts.

Or do you have other vested interests in seeing this place remain undeveloped?

Are you a nearby resident against more housing? Or perhaps a user of the aerodrome yourself?
[quote][p][bold]Trevor 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: Villager1, you said what I set out to say, and I'm sorry if I phrased it rather badly. Trevor2, please be assured that I do not want the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war to be forgotten. Both my parents were in the armed forces. They survived, but several of their friends and relations did not and were always remembered in our family, even by those of my generation who never actually knew them. I just don't feel that an airfield that for many years has not been used for its original purpose and looks largely derelict is really a fitting memorial to the pilots who were based there. Weekly car boot sales, drag racing a few days a year and an occasional air day is not part of a fitting memorial. Is there an alternative plan for the site to be considered? I've looked up the airfield users' association website but it has not been particularly helpful and, indeed, has not been updated recently.[/p][/quote]North Weald is an airfield owned and run by the Epping Forest District Council. It is very much operational with aircraft storage and maintenance available on site. Indeed I believe the musician Gary Newman stores his aircraft there. It is the fact that it is STILL a usable airfield that makes it a fitting tribute to the men who flew out of it during the Second World War. Most of these famous airfields HAVE, unfortunately, been built on and disappeared from the landscape. The young people of today should be able to see where their forbears operated from to secure this country's freedom and not a housing estate with a few of 'The Few' named on road signs.[/p][/quote]If they want to see an eample of how our forebearers operated aircraft during WW2 then I suggest they pay a visit to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford not some decaying aerodrome subsidised by the council used by amateur aviation enthusiasts. Or do you have other vested interests in seeing this place remain undeveloped? Are you a nearby resident against more housing? Or perhaps a user of the aerodrome yourself? papalansar
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2:28am Mon 4 Feb 13

Trevor 2 says...

papalansar wrote:
Trevor 2 wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villager1, you said what I set out to say, and I'm sorry if I phrased it rather badly.

Trevor2, please be assured that I do not want the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war to be forgotten. Both my parents were in the armed forces. They survived, but several of their friends and relations did not and were always remembered in our family, even by those of my generation who never actually knew them. I just don't feel that an airfield that for many years has not been used for its original purpose and looks largely derelict is really a fitting memorial to the pilots who were based there. Weekly car boot sales, drag racing a few days a year and an occasional air day is not part of a fitting memorial.

Is there an alternative plan for the site to be considered? I've looked up the airfield users' association website but it has not been particularly helpful and, indeed, has not been updated recently.
North Weald is an airfield owned and run by the Epping Forest District Council. It is very much operational with aircraft storage and maintenance available on site. Indeed I believe the musician Gary Newman stores his aircraft there. It is the fact that it is STILL a usable airfield that makes it a fitting tribute to the men who flew out of it during the Second World War. Most of these famous airfields HAVE, unfortunately, been built on and disappeared from the landscape. The young people of today should be able to see where their forbears operated from to secure this country's freedom and not a housing estate with a few of 'The Few' named on road signs.
If they want to see an eample of how our forebearers operated aircraft during WW2 then I suggest they pay a visit to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford not some decaying aerodrome subsidised by the council used by amateur aviation enthusiasts.

Or do you have other vested interests in seeing this place remain undeveloped?

Are you a nearby resident against more housing? Or perhaps a user of the aerodrome yourself?
In answer to your questions, no I do not have a vested interest in North Weald Airfield other than my previous statements. I am not, unfortunately, a nearby resident nor am I a user of North Weald and I am probably too old to obtain a pilots licence. Yes, indeed Duxford is an excellent example and I am a Member of the Friends of Duxford but North Weald is nearer to London and a lot quicker to get to than Duxford. I also believe I am right in saying that only Biggin Hill and North Weald remain from those airfields nearest to London, another reason for North Wealds preservation!
[quote][p][bold]papalansar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trevor 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: Villager1, you said what I set out to say, and I'm sorry if I phrased it rather badly. Trevor2, please be assured that I do not want the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war to be forgotten. Both my parents were in the armed forces. They survived, but several of their friends and relations did not and were always remembered in our family, even by those of my generation who never actually knew them. I just don't feel that an airfield that for many years has not been used for its original purpose and looks largely derelict is really a fitting memorial to the pilots who were based there. Weekly car boot sales, drag racing a few days a year and an occasional air day is not part of a fitting memorial. Is there an alternative plan for the site to be considered? I've looked up the airfield users' association website but it has not been particularly helpful and, indeed, has not been updated recently.[/p][/quote]North Weald is an airfield owned and run by the Epping Forest District Council. It is very much operational with aircraft storage and maintenance available on site. Indeed I believe the musician Gary Newman stores his aircraft there. It is the fact that it is STILL a usable airfield that makes it a fitting tribute to the men who flew out of it during the Second World War. Most of these famous airfields HAVE, unfortunately, been built on and disappeared from the landscape. The young people of today should be able to see where their forbears operated from to secure this country's freedom and not a housing estate with a few of 'The Few' named on road signs.[/p][/quote]If they want to see an eample of how our forebearers operated aircraft during WW2 then I suggest they pay a visit to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford not some decaying aerodrome subsidised by the council used by amateur aviation enthusiasts. Or do you have other vested interests in seeing this place remain undeveloped? Are you a nearby resident against more housing? Or perhaps a user of the aerodrome yourself?[/p][/quote]In answer to your questions, no I do not have a vested interest in North Weald Airfield other than my previous statements. I am not, unfortunately, a nearby resident nor am I a user of North Weald and I am probably too old to obtain a pilots licence. Yes, indeed Duxford is an excellent example and I am a Member of the Friends of Duxford but North Weald is nearer to London and a lot quicker to get to than Duxford. I also believe I am right in saying that only Biggin Hill and North Weald remain from those airfields nearest to London, another reason for North Wealds preservation! Trevor 2
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10:35am Mon 4 Feb 13

word of mouth says...

We can not live in the past. I am a local and believe that the airfield should be kept as an airfield. From the proposals I have seen that is an option, just shortening it. More businesses, housing and another, much needed, school. If they could fund the local steam railways attempt to build a station in Epping there would be a shuttle service, as well, into London, making the whole area a great place to live.
We can not live in the past. I am a local and believe that the airfield should be kept as an airfield. From the proposals I have seen that is an option, just shortening it. More businesses, housing and another, much needed, school. If they could fund the local steam railways attempt to build a station in Epping there would be a shuttle service, as well, into London, making the whole area a great place to live. word of mouth
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