Record number of nominations for third Kirknewton Volunteer Awards


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A BIG thank you to everyone who nominated in the third Kirknewton Volunteer Awards.  Nominations are now closed.
We had four times as many nominations as we have received before – showing volunteering is alive and well in Kirknewton!
In the next week we will be inviting a number of you to attend the gala Kirknewton Volunteer Awards 2017 event at the Dalmahoy Hotel on Friday 10th March from 6.30 – 12pm.  There you will be treated to a drinks reception, three course meal with wine and tea/coffee, the awards ceremony and entertainment. 
If you volunteer in the community and are not given a complimentary invite please do not be disappointed.  The standard of nominations is very high but it does not devalue your contribution to improving life and work in Kirknewton at all, for which we thank you. 
Unlike previous years 100 further tickets will be available for the event so partners, all group members and those who want to attend the social event of the year to support friends who have been nominated can join in.  Tickets will be available to order via e mail from Monday 6th February at £60 each.
If you want further information or are interested in sponsoring an award or part of the night please contact us at infokirknewton@gmail.com.
If you want to find out more about volunteering opportunities in Kirknewton please go to https://kirknewton.wordpress.com/volunteering-jobs/
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Fauch Hill windfarm information event


wind-turbinesFauch Hill are running an information day about a new proposal for 12 wind turbines on their site, on the edge of the Kirknewton community boundary.

This event will be in the Green Room, Thursday 2nd February, 2pm til 8pm. All are welcome to see their new design.

The Kirknewton Community Development Trust (KCDT) have been in negotiations with them about a fractional share of the site (essentially part investment in a turbine). The final details of that are not yet available but as usual KCDT are trying to get the best deal for Kirknewton if the windfarm goes ahead. Confirmation of what this may be will be available shortly. This is in keeping with the community request to invest in renewable energy to provide a sustainable future for community activities and facilities.

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Edinburgh Airport route over Kirknewton – have your say


HAVE YOUR SAY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

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This week, Edinburgh Airport launched a consultation into changing some of their flight routes. Many Kirknewton, East Calder and Calderwood residents will also have received a letter about this .

These changes have an impact. The Airport’s proposed and preferred change places a low level flight path over the area, despite representations against such a move (Route A – route A6) at the Kirknewton Community Council (see minute below).  Also below is a link to a statement from the Calderwood community.

Some residents felt this flightpath, usually used during bad weather, was already being used and made comments to the Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport at a Community Council meeting. They also expressed concerns that the EH27 postcode was coming up as ‘not being affected’ on the first online consultation. When prompted for a response a month after the meeting increased traffic was put down to ‘runway use’ and the website still asked for your views if your postcode didn’t come up.

Questions have also been raised why East Calder and Calderwood population numbers are not being referred to individually on the website, nor any indication of the ever growing population there (expected to be 12 – 13,000).  This gives the impression of a lower number of people being impacted by the proposed route.

Local community associations, including those at East Calder and Calderwood, have already begun planning their response, with many choosing route A3 as their favoured alternative.

In the meantime, you can and should respond to the consultation using the link below and show your opposition or support for a flight path directly over your community – go to route A for more info.

http://www.letsgofurther.com/

Flight Path Change (minute from Kirknewton Community Council)

A short presentation,  re the Airspace Change Programme by Gordon Dewar CEO of Edinburgh Airport who explained that at this stage it is a consultation.  

This proposal seeks to replace the existing conventional routes with RNAV routes. The positions of the new routes have not yet been determined. We seek to inform the decisions regarding where best to position these routes by consulting with those impacted or who have an interest.

This first consultation will take about 3 months, its findings will be analysed, then the second part of the consultation will take place in November/December.

Finally the next stage  of the consultation will be, options and proposals,  in a lot more detail and be much more specific, with some areas having more traffic. 

Eventually a firm set of proposals will be sent to the Civil Aviation Authority by next summer, they will have the final say and whatever that is,  implementation could take place in Spring 2018.

Edinburgh Airport are using 1970 flight paths, we need tighter control of paths, modernisation may leave a lot of people better off, we can reduce overall noise.  There are 50 aircraft in the morning, all wanting to get away, a wider swathe will give more opportunity to choose paths. It’s a huge investment and part of our economic growth with over 40,000 jobs creating £1.7 billion.

Airport operations are affected by weather and the type of aircraft, with modern equipment, much like a sat nav in your car, it enables, more control of a growing airport with over 12 million passengers, which will increase to 20/25 million,  more airlines, giving more routes, there are overfly areas not used before but we want to give minimum impact on communities in our future growth.

With new technologies the impact of noise is lesser, with shrinking noise, take off and arrivals are much easier.

CJ stated that with all RAF Air Training Corps  facilities closing in Scotland and all relocating to Kirknewton for glider training. Would this be taken into account? Gordon Dewar said that this was the sort of thing they needed to look at

The likelihood of the proposed flight paths leading to increased flights over Kirknewton was low but residents should go to the consultation site http://www.letsgofurther.com and make their views known. 

Gordon Dewar promised  to look into increased air traffic across Kirknewton, reported  by several residents, and to look  further into the Kirknewton post code EH27 which doesn’t seem to be registering on the web consultation page and this may be putting some residents off commenting to respond even though outside the proposed swathe. 

The Chairperson thanked Gordon Dewar for taking the time to talk us through his.

Calderwood Community statement can be found at

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jde6xjxnt7h24yi/Calderwood%20-%20East%20Calder%20-%20Airport%20Route%20Changes%202017.pdf?dl=0