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Enstone Airfield needs your help

A planning application has been submitted that would if successful permanently close the hard and grass runways that we currently use forever!!
Click for drawings (Alternative locations 2)
  
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO DEFEAT THIS APPLICATION
  
here is how you can help to preserve this valuable and unique facility for generations to come.
  
send a letter/e-mail of objection  to   planning@westoxon.gov.uk   by 30th May.
  
Please put the planning reference number both in the Subject line of your e-mail and in the body text of your e-mail
  
11/0607/P/OP
  
This is what Lomand Holdings are putting forward as support for their application
  

 

The leisure activities in the main involve recreational flying of light

aircraft and microlights, which has led to the further approval of

workshops and hangers on the north side of the airfield perimeter

and at the eastern end of the main runway within the Great Tew

Estate. Although the proposed development involves a middle

section of the main runway it should not affect the flying rights of the

Clubs that operate from within the Great Tew Estate or from the

established grass strip north of the main runway. The other

recreation activities that have been approved involve off-road motor

sport activities.
  
Having any kind of obstacle on an active runway is some what dangerous, plus the wind turbulence rotor off the buildings will effect all runways users. 

 

By cutting the runway in half it would become unusable by aircraft, Lomand have done their home work and know well the consequences for the airfield if they are successful.
Lomand and its sister company Leven holdings own most of the main runway and the industrial site, there are at least 3 alternative locations suitable for this proposal marked as red blocks. Alternative locations 2
 I believe that their aim is to make the site more desirable for development by reducing the flying. Once this is achieved they will sell the site to a developer.
  IMPORTANT
Please act NOW send an e-mail to planning@westoxon.gov.uk today if possible, use your social network to tell everyone that knows how much Enstone and flying means to you and me.
Get them to e-mail too, the more e-mails that are received the more weight the objection carries.
 
Remember ENSTONE needs YOU NOW so please act.
 
Thank you in advance for your support.
 
regards
 
Paul
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Baby Rabbit Attacked By Carrion Crow and Cock pheasant

As I arrived at the airfield this morning I saw something completely new to me. A carrion crow attacking a young rabbit, something I had never witnessed before, but to my even greater surprise a cock pheasant joined in. Why would a a pheasant attack something I thought they wouldn't eat? Was the pheasant reacting to the crows attack?

I had disturbed the attack and being the softee that I am, I rescued the young rabbit. I will give it the opportunity to dry out then release it a bit later.

Jugged Hare? Cuppa rabbit!

 

Doing well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching the Buzzards yesterday in the 25 knt southerly winds was amazing, I am sure that they were enjoying hanging in the breeze. fantastic.

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Spitfireclub wins Banbury Business innovation award 2011

Thursday 7th April 2011 Spitfire Club wins business award for most innovative project.

I was stunned to recieve this award, which now has pride of place in the Skipper's Office.

"As mentioned yesterday evening by Brian Auld when considering the proposals of the finalists the judges were keen to ensure that the valuable prizes are invested in the most effective way - to achieve the maximum benefit for the individual/business and in terms of the local economy.

"The judging team recognised the real potential in your plans for diversifying and growing your business, providing an interest and involvement for a large numbers of people, bringing new funds into the local economy and profiling the local area"

Judging team

Click here to watch video of the project

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Flying Club News 6th May

back to normal at last, I hope all you workers out there are not still in shock over going back to the grind stone, if you are, relax its the weekend just two days to recover. Another small gathering at Pilots in the pub last night, have you any ideas on how we could encourage more people to come along to PitP? I am all ears!!!
We have the LAA fly-in next weekend 14th May, do come along we will need some help looking after our guests, let me know if you can help.
There is some great availability for aircraft this weekend, get your self up here.
 
Luscomb fly in
it was great to see 7 of these very fine aircraft arrive in formation as a tribute to Steve Weston, they liked it so much they have left us one to play with!!!
 
House Keeping
 
It has been noticed that we have some particularly strong pilots who can tighten the oil filler caps to the point where I have to use a pair of pliers to undo the cap. The caps should be finger tight only!!
Your g uests on the airfield, if you bring your friends and family along, you must give the non flying people a safety briefing and they must stay on the grass areas and not cross the the taxi ways for any reason, we had two sets of visitors wondering up the taxiway and onto the runway so they could get photos. If this happens again we will have to restrict all visitors to the fenced area only. That would be a great shame
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