Agenda and minutes

Airport Consultative Committee - Friday, 21 June 2019 2:00 pm

Venue: Southampton International Airport, Spitfire Meeting Room

Contact: Daxa Bhatt, Democratic Servuces Officer Tel: 023 8068 8209; Email: 

No. Item


Public Participation


Glynn Fleming - Eastleigh Green Party


Glynn Fleming of Eastleigh Green Party was invited to address the Committee.


Mr Fleming stated that Eastleigh Green Party had been in discussions with Extinction Rebellion and his input was representative of their shared views and aims.


Mr Fleming stated that the planet is being irretrievably damaged and action must be taken to bring change.  He highlighted that members of both groups are law abiding citizens who have taken drastic measures to highlight their concerns.  Mr Fleming thanked the agencies who signed up to the Charter stating however it was a contradiction as large housing developments were being granted planning permission along with road expansions and increasing the Airport’s capacity therefore it was hypocritical.  Mr Fleming stated that if the Local Authority was committed to the environment then change must be brought and asked that the Airport Consultative Committee does not walk away from its own responsibility.


Gareth Narbed


Councillor Airey stated that he had received an email from Gareth Narbed.


Mr Narbed had enquired about planning and four trees to the north of the M27 which fell within Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) and the boundary of Southampton City Council (SCC) stating that neither authority was claiming ownership and unwilling to protect the trees with Tree Preservation Orders as they were not within the jurisdiction of either Local Authority.


Councillor Airey confirmed that enquiries made with EBC’s Tree Officers confirmed that the trees are within the boundary of SCC and no works have been undertaken to the trees.


Councillor Airey highlighted a further question posed by Mr Narbed in his email.  Mr Narbed enquired about trees being removed and the height of the trees reduced in and around the Airport.  The Managing Director responded that the Airport is obliged by EU legislation to manage the height of trees; and where it is required to remove or reduce the height for aircraft safety, it is legally obliged to do so, and there simply is no deviating from that.


The Managing Director concluded the discussion by stating that if we are to commit to tackling climate change we need to invest in greener technology and in order to facilitate that, we require a strong economy.



Election of Chair 2019/20


Godfrey Olsen, long serving Chair of the Southampton Airport Consultative Committee, retired as Chair and Councillor David Airey was elected as Chair for 2019/20.


Election of Vice Chair 2019/20


Councillor Janice Asman was elected as Vice Chair for 2019/20.


Appointment of Honorary Secretary 2019/20


Richard Ward was appointed as Honorary Secretary to the Committee for 2019/20.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB




That the minutes of the meeting held on 8 February 2019 to be confirmed and signed as a true record.


Allbrook and North Boyatt Parish Council's application for membership of the Committee.


The Honorary Secretary recommended that Allbrook and North Boyatt Parish Council be elected as members of the Committee.


Councillor Anne Winstanley asked if it is within the limit on Parish Councils and Residency Association provided for in The Constitution.  The Honorary Secretary confirmed that it is.




Allbrook and North Boyatt Parish Council be elected as members of the Committee.


Airport Managing Director's Report pdf icon PDF 748 KB




Marhill Copse

Mansbridge Open Space



The Managing Director of Southampton Airport International Limited, Neil Garwood, delivered his report which had been circulated with the agenda.


·  He highlighted, with pride, a number of employee achievements, successes and celebrating long serving colleagues of the Airport.  He further highlighted D-Day Commemorations and applauded the support given by the Police.  The Managing Director announced forthcoming events at the Airport.


·  The Managing Director reported that there had been no incidents of vortex.


·  The Managing Director announced that Southampton Airport were part of a national modernisation of airspace to reflect modern day travel incorporating more efficiencies to reduce the impact on the environment and local residents.  The information will be gathered through extensive and in-depth public consultation that will mould the proposals.


·  The Managing Director highlighted a proposal for airport expansion and application to be submitted in summer of 2019.  This will bring economic growth for the locality.


·  The Managing Director outlined points that were not within the report namely that Southampton Airport have signed up to The Green Charter.


·  The Chair applauded the in-depth report provided and a number of questions were received and responded to.


·  The Managing Director stated that discussions cannot take place around Marlhill Copse as it is currently under judicial review.


Technical Working Group feedback


Air Quality



Amy Le Vieux, Health and Safety Officer, reported on noise and air quality stating that a number of studies are being carried out to understand the impact on communities.  The Technical Working Group will be undertaking long-running surveys to collect information and to report back to the Committee.



Noise Action Plan and Noise Desk System

It was agreed at the meeting on 9/2/12 that this should be a regular agenda item.


The Managing Director confirmed that the Noise Action Plan and Noise Desk System were reviewed last year and endorsed by DEFRA, details of which are on the Airport’s website.  The Technical Working Group confirmed all actions were contained within the Noise Action Plan.


Data had been supplied but there had not been much change when compared to last year.


The number of complaints regarding noise pollution was being monitored and whilst noise is subjective, the data would help to understand what if any trends were occurring.


Monitoring of the Flying Controls Agreement


The Chair questioned why aircraft land outside of agreed hours and whether the Agreement can be upheld.


The Managing Director confirmed that there should be no more than 100 incidents of this occurring per year.  The Agreement states that this applies from 23:00 - 06:00 hours.


Feedback from Annual Conference


The Chair outlined the details of the Annual Conference he had attended with the Honorary Secretary, stating it was well attended by a number of regional and national airports and which highlighted differing challenges with noise and air space being the greatest issues.  The Chair outlined best working practices by Air Consultative Committees and his report covered key points.


The Honorary Secretary stated that minutes would be available from the Conference and are available through this link:


Date and time of next meeting


The next meeting would take place on Friday 11 October 2019 at 2:00pm.