Chris Quinlan spoke to Tim Bowling about Plane Justice’s part in the successful High Court action against the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Route 4 Gatwick flight path.
In 2016 the CAA decided to bring in new Sat Nav technology (rather than the previous beacon system) and changed Route 4 to a new route for a consultation period. This meant planes now flying over villages such as Newdigate, Salfords, Leigh, Horley which lead to over 12,000 complaints from local residents.
Several groups formed to try overturn the flight path changes, one of which was Plane Justice, headed by Chris Quinlan.
Route 4 decision quashed
Despite petitions and lobbying campaigns the CAA eventually decided to make Route 4 permanent. Plane Justice took them to the High Court and following a judicial review the Route 4 decision was quashed. Gatwick Airport and the CAA will now look again at the route of the flight path.
You can hear the full interview now on the Susy Radio Listen On Demand service.
Network Rail has closed the Dean Farm foot crossing and replaced it with a footbridge in Salfords.
The opening of the £1.5 million footbridge means that Dean Farm crossing over the Brighton mainline is now closed. The crossing was the country’s busiest in terms of the number of trains going over it; more than 760 trains a day pass through the area at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour. The new footbridge was built over Christmas and craned into place on Boxing Day. It links Copsleigh Avenue with a network of paths the other side of the line. A group of parents and children from Salfords School were the first to use the new bridge yesterday.
Nationally, Network Rail has closed more than a thousand level crossings, many of which are in the South East.
The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead wants to commemorate the role it has played in the NHS during the last 70 years.
The hospital would like former staff and patients to share their memories of the hospital as the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday in July. The team at Queen Victoria Hospital is especially interested in any memories and photographs from 1948, the year the NHS was founded.
It’s now seven wins in eight for Crawley Town who won 3-0 at home to Grimsby Town on Saturday. The Reds have moved up to 10th in the League Two table.
Merstham move up two places to 12th in the Bostik Premier Division after a 1-0 home win against Leiston.
In the Bostik South Division, East Grinstead drew 1-1 at home to Faversham Town. Horsham lost 2-0 away to Corinthian Casuals. South Park have to play catch up with their matches with several games now in hand; their away match to Herne Bay on Saturday was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
In the Combined Counties Premier Division, Redhill lost 3-2 away to Walton and Horley Town lost 2-1 at home to Bedfont Sports.