Posted by Old News... on July 6, 2020, 9:00 am
The following is from an old, 1952 newspaper article: |
Shields Daily News - Saturday 16 February 1952:
HEBBURN U.D.C. OBJECTS TO BOLDON AIRPORT PLAN:
A four-point objection to a proposed civil airport at Boldon, provided for in the County Development Plan, was lodged by Hebburn’s Urban Council at the public inquiry into the plan at Durham yesterday. Mr. T. M. Wright, Clerk to Hebburn U.D.C. gave the reasons for their objections.
They were that the airport would interfere with development in the South area of Hebburn and noise from aircraft would disturb industrial workers.
In addition the Council complains that chimneys were a potential threat to public safety if left at a distance from the proposed airport as prescribed in the plan.
The airport could be quite conveniently located at another site, the Council feels.
Replying to the objections, Mr W. A. Geenty (Council Planning Officer) said that the inclusion of this site for an airport was made under instruction from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. “It is understood,” he said, “that the decision is based on the site only, and there are as yet no firm ideas on the layout of the airfield and buildings.”
Mr Robert Cecil Beston (engineer and surveyor to Hebburn U.D.C.), questioned by Mr G. S. Waller for the County Council, agreed that the Hebburn Council’s most serious objection was the threat to expansion.
Mr Waller: “You do appreciate that the vast majority of flying will be in a direction South-West rather than North over Hebburn?”
“Yes I think that is so.”
Mr Beston said that an alternative site had been suggested at Woolsington, Northumberland.
Article: Courtesy: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/