Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, has called a public meeting to discuss a planning application for a new operations base for the Great Western Air Ambulance and the police helicopter which has been submitted for a green belt site in Almondsbury, just across the M5 motorway from the RAC building in north Bradley Stoke.
The public meeting will be held on Friday 19th June, starting at 7pm, at the BAWA Club, 589 Southmead Road, Filton BS34 7RG.
The suggested site is immediately to the west of the M4/M5 interchange and the proposal is for it to be used to construct a hangar, take-off and landing areas for the helicopters, a weather station, car parking and a new access road.
Representatives from the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, BAE Systems (who own Filton Airfield, the existing base of the air ambulance and police helicopters) and South Gloucestershire Council will speak and answer questions at the meeting, which will be chaired by Mr Lopresti.
Mr Lopresti said:
“I have called this meeting to bring together residents of Almondsbury, BAe Systems, the Great Western Air Ambulance, the National Police Air Service and local councillors, so that all aspects of this proposal can be discussed.”
“I know how worried some of the residents of Almondsbury are about having a helicopter pad based so close to their homes. This meeting will provide a forum for everyone’s views to be aired before councillors make a final decision on the proposals.”
South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Sites Inspection Sub-Committee will inspect the proposed site on Monday (22nd June) at approximately 9.45am. Members of the public are entitled to attend the site meeting and have their say on the application. The rendezvous for the public will be Almondsbury UWE Football Club, Gloucester Road, Almondsbury. Parking is available at Almondsbury Sports and Social Club.
Related link: Agenda and report for the site inspection meeting
More information: New helicopter base near the M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange (The Journal)
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