Hundreds of aircraft set to take part in airfield event

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Wellesbourne Airfield

Around 200 aircraft and several celebrities are expected to fly into Wellesbourne Airfield this month for a special event to highlight it’s importance to the region.

There has been renewed impetus behind the campaign to save the airfield in recent weeks after Stratford District Council took dramatic action to prevent the landowners demolishing the site earlier this month.

Businesses are hopeful that this momentum will carry on into the New Year.

Owners of the airfield, Littler Investments, are keen to build up to 1,500 homes on the site, a plan widely criticised by the aviation community and many local residents.

The issue is far from resolved though and the airfield’s future still remains in the balance.

To draw attention to the airfield’s plight, a group of pilots and aviation enthusiasts at Wellesbourne called Landed Aviation are planning a huge fly in event next month.

Celebrities including Carol Vorderman and Matt Dearden from Channel 4’s Worst Place to be a Pilot have pledged to join the aviators touching down in Wellesbourne.

The group have also organised an online petition to save the airfield, which has so far gained more than 4,700 signatures.

The petition has been widely promoted on social media by Carol Vorderman and Stratford motoring journalist Quentin Willson, both avid supporters of Wellesbourne airfield.

The organisers of Throckmorton Air Show are also involved in the fly-in, organising the paperwork necessary for such an event to take place and promoting the event on its website.

Quentin Willson said: “There’s lots of reasons why we should be fighting to save Wellesbourne Airfield, Carol Vorderman and I are quite adamant that this is a very significant airfield in the UK.

“It is a great community resource for Stratford and if we allow a large housing estate to be built there, it will tip the balance in Stratford towards much greater congestion. There is so much potential to make Wellesbourne Airfield more of a business hub. We should be having conversations about making it more of a destination for people to fly and learn to fly.

“I really enjoy going to the airfield with my family, it’s got a fantastic café. I’m very pleased about the way Stratford District Council are supporting the airfield.

“It’s great that Carol is taking part in the fly in, I’m supporting the event and I hope to attend too.”

Mike Roberts, who runs Take Flight Aviation at Wellesbourne Airfield, said: “I’m not surprised by the support we are getting, the general aviation community is very close and anything that supports the airfield is very welcome.

“Obviously we were very happy with the council’s actions, they’ve given a message to the owners that if they want to develop the airfield they must do so in line with their Core Strategy. It’s just a case of waiting for the landowners to see sense now.”

To sign the petition to save Wellesbourne Airfield visit www.change.org and search for Save Wellesbourne Airfield From Demolition.

  • old_tel

    The words “special event” implies that nothing else really happens there?

    • Stewart

      You clearly know nothing about the airfield.

      • old_tel

        You’re correct, I know absolutely nothing about the airfield, I don’t live anywhere near it, hardly ever drive past it, and I’ve never been there. I don’t care if it turns into a housing estate or remains an airfield. All I’m saying is, the first words of the article reads like nothing ever happens there. I thought SH was backing it to remain an airfield.

        • jolox

          Neither do the so called celebrities that are allegedly joining in. Makes me smile that anyone can support the airfield, yet if you don’t live by it you are not entitled to an opinion.

          • rockermum

            Everyone is entitled to an opinion but use some common sense and look into it before they do.

          • jolox

            How do you know I haven’t? Just not been brainwashed by the pro lobby and by what has been written in the paper.

          • VladTheLibrarian

            Funny how there seems to be many more ‘pro’ people on the ‘anti’s

          • jolox

            What makes you so sure? Just because the pro shout loudest, doesn’t mean there are more.

          • VladTheLibrarian

            Simple. I any case like this it’s always the antis who show the loudest. Those happy with the staus quo say nothing. I’ll bet there’s 10x as many pros…

          • rockermum

            I never mentioned you specifically although I’m sure you know all the ins and out of airfield matters. When you mention the “pro airfield camp” you’re talking about a very passionate group of people,many putting their money where their mouths are to raise the money to pay for legal teams. We don’t have a bottomless pit of money like the Littler or Gladmans. Part of me does pity the family though. Do they think the Shysters developers will want anything to do with them if/when they lose out? They’ll disappear and leave nothing but revulsion.

        • rockermum

          Says it all. You don’t care. I bet you’d have a different point of view if you did live here. The area/side of the village where the airfield is already has had almost 850 houses of or built. The village is without infrastructure, the roads down this side are horrendous. The water pressure is through the floor. The flood plains have been built on. The drs is over stretched. Hey but that’s ok! Let’s give the developers free reign to do what they want, after all you don’t live here and don’t care!

        • VladTheLibrarian

          Jolox – are you Pickles in disguise??

          • jolox

            I like pickle if that counts, beetroot, onions, Branston etc

      • jolox

        Do you?

  • VladTheLibrarian

    Pickles will be along shortly…

  • Centre Parting

    Not a very clever way to garner support – a weekend of constant noise.

    Just get rid of the chopper companies ( facilities for air ambulance and police excepted) and most people will be happy.

    Who would want to buy a house on the periphery of the airfield now two more new massive warehouses are putting them in the shade?

    • jolox

      Police nor air ambulance are based at Wellesbourne

      • Centre Parting

        I meant that they could refuel, stop for a pee etc..

  • Roger Pickles

    Pity the poor people in Wellesbourne who will have to endure terrible noise conditions as these selfish, rich flyers ruin their local environment. As far as I’m concerned, the airfield should be redeveloped and the Littlers are being far too soft.

    • Jobin Eram

      I am a private pilot and I am certainly not rich. A cessna 172 + insurance is cheaper than a Honda Civic. Ultralights are even cheaper. I pity the idiots who spend 1/2 million over 40 years in gasoline for their cars and as much in insurance/maintenance cost. Cars are the greatest misallocation of resources in the History of humanity. Paved roads represent as much as 5% of the area of England whereas airports .1%. Developers can claim their land eliminating roads and promoting a carless society.

      • Roger Pickles

        How does one land a plane in central Birmingham where I work. Your argument is cretinous drivel not to mention the huge economic benefit of the car industry.

        • VladTheLibrarian

          Another rude, desperate comment from Pickles.

    • Lisa Badger

      I can’t wait, I live on the flight path, they go right past the end of my garden I even get waves from some of the planes that pass throughout the day. The noise that gets to me is the increase in holiday jets going over my house at all hours of the day & night, frightening how low some of them appear to be going directly over the top of my house.

      • Roger Pickles

        Lisa, you’re obviously very deaf and very dumb. Low flying jets over Wellesbourne – rubbish. You do know what a jet actually looks like?

        • Lisa Badger

          Wot I know is they r bloody big & contain a lot of people going to a different countries on them, pardon me for not knowing the exact name tail number etc of the very large planes that go over my house making it hum.

        • VladTheLibrarian

          Pickles – Your comments on here are getting increasingly rude, and frankly, desperate…

    • Tim Davies

      I just come here to read your BS. On. Every. Article.

  • jolox

    Pray for freezing fog and snow!

  • Ombulu

    Another biased Stratford Herald report, no mention of the locals who support redevelopment, and want rid of this place, we need more homes not more dangerous tin cans flying around like annoying wasps all summer.

    • Jobin Eram

      Maybe getting rid of roads and too many cars once those are driverless would be a much better use of people’s wrath against perceived ills from aviation lovers, keeping in mind roads kill way more people by the tens of thousands, not to mention Berlin or Nice where trucks are effective terrorism weapons. Jealousy would also be it. I remember the same hate towards motorcyclists, whereas they actually diminish the need for roads and use gasoline way more efficiently to go from A to B. Sad.

    • Bioplast6

      Another xenophobe who knows little (nothing?) about the airfield and cares even less about the people that work there, or those that depend on it for income. Why not let everyone know where you or your family work so we can get that place closed down? Very little research done by Ombulu me thinks! I’ve done as much research on you Ombulu and discovered that you like to moan about everything (just check out his previous posts!). So, if the diggers do move in you’ll have much more to moan about….. all the associated noise, the mud, construction noise, the traffic, the social housing, the housing, the neighbours the neighbours dog etc. Haters just like to hate.

      • Roger Pickles

        Social housing is vital. Another rich aviator who looks upon the less fotunate as scum? What a disgusting attitude.

        • Not a Nimby

          Pickles, it’s not an either/or. Some people enjoy aviation–as a hobby, a mode of transportation, or a career. You don’t need to deny these people the ability to use the airport just to create housing.

          This is about a developer who is more interested in creating profits than preserving the ability of local residents to practice aviation

          • Roger Pickles

            The aviation practitioners are not locals. New housing will bring in people to spend in Wellesbourne. The local businesses will gain a much larger customer base who will be richer than most of the present residents.. The airfield adds very little to local economy apart from noise and pollution. The Littler’s want to profit from their land which is perfectly acceptable – it is their asset and I entirely support their plans ably supported by Gladmans.

          • rockermum

            Roger Pickles.You obviously are very limited in knowledge of what the new housing has done for the businesses in the village (except for the newly added Sainsbury). I’m sure you were all for that too!!!! The recent developments have done very little for the village shops, especially as they are at the opposite end of the village. I’ve regularly wondered what promises were passed to Sainsbury to build a supermarket here. Perhaps we paupers should be happy to know if the Littlers did get housing built on there it would provide homes for a much better quality f humans to drag us out of slums!!!!

          • Roger Pickles

            Sainsbury’s branch in Wellesbourne is very good and far superior to the shops in the centre. It’s a good thing and clearly so judging by the number of people who CHOOSE to use it.

        • Bioplast6

          Unfortunately, no I’m not rich. I agree that social housing is vital, in fact some of my own family lives in social housing. You should stop making snap opinions of people you know nothing about Roger Pickles. Your attitude to my comment clearly shows you have completely failed read and to understand the message in my post. I support all those people that rely on the airfield for work – a lot of who can’t afford the house prices in the area, yet want the air field to remain open. I find your comment uninformed and offensive Roger Pickes.

        • Bioplast6

          reasoned argument quotes by Roger Pickles.

          Roger Pickles 14 days ago
          You’re retard.

          Roger Pickles 14 days ago
          You’re retard.

        • VladTheLibrarian

          Pickles – Why do you keep on your ridiculous assertion that all ‘aviators’ are ‘rich’…? It really is making you look like a jealous little man…

        • VladTheLibrarian

          As for ‘social housing’, 1) There would have to be social housing as its now a planning requirent for newdevelopments. The developers will keep it to the legal minimum as they are only in this to maximise their profits. 2) You don’t like ‘rich’ aviators, but you’re very happy for ‘rich’ developers…

      • Roger Pickles

        I’ll buy you a dictionary so you can look up the correct meaning of the word xenophobe.

        • Bioplast6

          Seems reasonable to me as it’s synonyms with a lot of words that describe the post.

          I think now that anyone who reads your posts has a good idea of the type of person you are. Calling others “very deaf and very dumb”, “retard” and “ponce boy” only reinforces that fact you are ignorant. Just incase you don’t have that dictionary yet …..

          adjective
          adjective: ignorant
          1.
          lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.”he was told constantly that he was ignorant and stupid”

          synonyms:uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unread, uninformed, unenlightened, unscholarly, unqualified, benighted, backward;
          informalpig-ignorant, thick, airheaded, (as) thick as two short planks, dense, dumb, dim, dopey, wet behind the ears, slow on the uptake, dead from the neck up, a brick short of a load, two sandwiches short of a picnic;
          dumb-ass;

          synonyms:without knowledge, unaware, unconscious, insensible;
          uninformed about, unenlightened about, unschooled in;
          informalin the dark about, clueless about, not knowing the first thing about, not having the faintest about;

          2.
          informal
          discourteous or rude.”this ignorant, pin-brained receptionist”synonyms:rude, impolite, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, unmannerly, ungracious, discourteous, insensitive, uncivil, ill-humoured, surly, sullen;

    • Stratford Herald

      Not biased. Problem we’re having is finding them! So we’d very much welcome your views in the form of a letter the editor. We’d like to hear both sides of the debate. (Editor.)

  • Andrew

    You lot are all clowns. Most probably moved into the area very recently.

    What retards buy a house next to an active airfield that has been there since World War 2, then have the cheek to moan about the noise.

    It is an amazing place, great people, it’s not that expensive to have a go, supports loads of jobs.

    If you moved in recently and have the audacity to complain then you deserve every second of noise you get. Complete utter idiots.

    • jolox

      Not as many jobs as stated, certainly not full time ones.

    • jolox

      Flying circus springs to mind

    • Trevor_Froman

      Good comment about buying a home next to an airport and then complaining that it’s there. Complainers are in two camps: 1) Negligent for unwittingly buying a house next to an airport, or 2) Stupid for knowingly buying a house next to an airport.
      To all the complainers, which one are you?

    • Roger Pickles

      Loads of full time jobs? Rubbish less than 50 according to WM. Well paid – none.

    • jolox

      Andrew, yes it has been an Airfield since WW11, however it hasn’t always been active. In fact they had to fight to get it open as village and SDC were very much against it.

      • SlideHammer

        ….since WW11 ? I must have missed the last 9 then!

        • jolox

          Pedantic to say the least! WW2, WWII however you want to put it. I see ‘Andrew’ has removed his comment though.

  • Roger Pickles

    I strongly recommend hundreds of people complain on the day hundreds of times to the airfield as these aviation clowns ruin the lives of Wellesbourne residents.

    • Lisa Badger

      They certainly DON’T ruin mine, through the summer they can make my day. Impromptu aerobatics displays, pilots that wave with their aircraft making my little boy smile & laugh priceless.