Parish Councils Airport Association (PCAA)
Chew Magna Parish Council (CMPC) is a member of the Parish Council Airport
The PCAA consists of representative of 20 Parish Councils which are concerned about the impact or future impact of the activities of Bristol Airport. The PCAA responds to consultations and reports back to its members on current issues relating to the aviation sector. It also monitors conditions which are placed on Bristol Airport by the Local Authority North Somerset District Council.
The latest reports can be found via the Bristol Airport Watch website so to find out more please click on the link below”
Aims and objectives of the PCAA
To minimise the adverse effects the operation of Bristol International Airport has on residents of communities in the region, and on the wider environment, whilst recognizing the economic and other benefits the airport can bring to this region.
To provide a forum for the discussion of all aspects of activities at the airport for all affected parishes.
To maintain effective communication with senior management at the airport with a view to minimising the adverse impact of the airport’s activities on local communities.
To recognize and support proper complaints brought by residents regarding either the environmental aspects or the operational impact on the surrounding area.
To monitor proposed developments at the airport, collating views of Parish councils in planning or other matters, seeking inclusion of appropriate planning conditions, and making representations to all the relevant regulatory bodies.
Monitoring developments at the airport to see that work is carried out in accordance with planning approval
To monitor noise and air pollution levels and other environmental statistics
To keep up to date with research and published material on airports and comment on them as appropriate
To respond to the needs of particular Parish Councils or the wider community on issues or matters of concern caused by the airport operations.
History and aims of the Parish Councils Airport Association
On 30th April, 1971 the inaugural meeting of the Parish Councils (Airport) Committee was held in Wrington and attended by delegates from Wrington, Cleeve, Backwell, Blagdon, Winford, Congresbury and Shipham/Winscombe, Yatton’s representative being unable to attend that evening.
Barrow Gurney joined later that year, attending a meeting on 1st December.
Three issues which led to the Committee’s formation were:
1) Concern about aircraft noise – particularly at night.
2) Opposition to the extension of the existing airport facilities, and any extension of the main runway across the A38.
3) Operation (Finance and Control)
Subsequently, the Committee’s name was changed to the Local Councils (Airport) Committee. Members, apart from the above, included Burrington, Butcombe, Chew Magna, Dundry, Long Ashton, Locking, Kingston Seymour, Nempnett Thrubwell, Loxton and Tickenham.
At a meeting on 28th September 1989, the Local Councils (Airport) Committee agreed to change its name to the Parish Councils Airport Association in order to encompass groups such as the Parish Councils’ airport action committees.
Since 1971 a number of additional factors have arisen which are of concern to Parishes affected in varying degrees by the Airport, such as:
” Road Traffic to and from the Airport.
” The Expansion of Airport-related activities into Green Belt land.
” The expansion of marginally Airport-related activities at the Airport.
” Air and light pollution and Global Warming.
” Consultative Committee: Whilst the Parish Councils have regained one of the five places lost following a review by airport management, they represent a small minority voice for local people and the environment on the committee.
Airport plans which you can comment on:
Bristol Airport Diamond Fund
Bristol Airport is making £60,000 available to help reduce its impact on surrounding
villages with a maximum of £3000 being available to each village.
Please email CM Parish clerk firstname.lastname@example.org – with your ideas on what
Chew Magna might consider applying for to improve the situation in our village. (You
will need to add in your email address).
The latest date for applications is 31 December but the funding is on a first come basis.
Historic airport plans now closed
Bristol Airport are consulting on their Noise Action Plan. If you would like to know
more and or comment on it then please do so by 20 September using the link below
Read about the current airport plans and feedback if you wish to comment
Noise Action Plan