Abbey Labour city councillors have welcomed the announcement from Marshall that they will relocate their new radar away from nearby residential properties at Meadowlands Road, The Homing, The Westering, Sunnyside and Mansfield Way after they demanded that it be moved.
The result of an independent review carried out for Marshall – initiated after councillors and residents objected to the radar’s placement and placed pressure on them to find a new location – has concluded that it would be better situated in another area to the west corner of the airport site, close to Barnwell Drive.
The company acknowledged that it should have consulted with local representatives and residents at a far earlier stage and has apologised for any distress caused.
The councillors believe the decision to move the radar is the right one, bearing in mind the significant impact to airport neighbours due to the visual, noise and light disturbance caused, as well as the severe, negative impact of it on people’s mental health and wellbeing. However, they cautioned that the next steps of the process must be handled with care and sensitivity by Marshall, and called for full transparency over any proposals submitted.
Cllr Nicky Massey said: “Councillors have supported residents every step of the way in pushing for the radar to be moved, and we’re really pleased that Marshall have listened to the community’s very real concerns.”
Cllr Haf Davies remarked: “While welcoming this news, it is essential that residents and the planning authority are properly consulted about the new proposed location. This transparency will be key to helping prevent negative impacts and rebuilding trust with the community.”
Cllr Richard Johnson added: “Even though we acknowledge there are some logistical difficulties to be overcome in moving the radar, it is hoped Marshall will now commit to a clear and quick timeframe for the relocation, especially as they have said work to test the radarwill recommence soon in anticipation of the move.”