Picnic at the airport, May this year
SCHIEDAM – The residents’ representatives for Schiedam and Lansingerland in the consultations on the future of Rotterdam Airport do not expect to be able to agree to the final version of the Provisional Package Participation Program (VPP).
“Because it was out together, at home together, it means there will be no uniformly preferred scenario in October,” said John Witjes, the Schiedam representative. The representatives of the municipalities of Rotterdam and Zuidplas withdrew earlier from the participation process because, in their view, they were not heard enough and shrinkage scenarios for the airport were not included in the planning. Last week, the province of South Holland came to a similar conclusion.
Schiedam and Lansingerland will continue to be involved. “Thea van de Coevering-van Heesewijck (on behalf of Lansingerland, ed.) And I would like to take part in the discussions in September on the final text to come. (..) It really means that we are already stating (and this participants ). also know) that we will not support a result that is not in line with what we have contributed. “
That step was taken by the two residents ‘representatives after it emerged during residents’ evenings, ‘but also from the various municipal councils’, that VPP was seen as ‘too skinny’. “Local residents want a healthy night’s sleep without being woken by the sound of planes taking off and landing,” Van de Coevering and Witjes wrote in an information release. “A longer night closure and limitation of opening hours for the current (conversion) scheme was considered necessary.” According to them, there was also some criticism of the idea of reducing nuisance through quieter aircraft, especially if this would lead to an increase in the number of flights.
“In intensive discussions with the participants in June about the follow-up of VPP, we concluded that there is not enough leeway to arrive at a scenario that does justice to the task you gave us as resident representatives.” As far as they are concerned, some of the improvements that could be a result of VPP do not outweigh the bottlenecks that the residents involved are noticing (such as growth in the number of flights and flight at night). “We have indicated that it is also to be expected that we will not be able to agree to a further elaboration of VPP.”
Residents’ representatives in particular are annoyed by the constant claim that nuisances can be reduced with the arrival of new, quieter aircraft. “We see it as an empty slogan. Not audibly quieter, but flying more often is not what we mean by nuisance reduction. As resident representatives in all regional airports of national importance, we already stated when the Aviation Policy Document 2020-2050 was prepared, that this is a promise made since the late 1970s but has never been fulfilled since. However, ‘belief’ in the effects of quieter aircraft remains stubborn. Schiphol wants to step down nuisances for local residents must take precedence over economic interest, provides perspective. “
During these weeks, the final product of the participation process will be prepared, which will include representatives of the airport, users of the airport and various authorities in addition to residents. “In September, we will discuss what is on the table, and as residents’ representatives, we will state with motivation what our final verdict is. In this way, it will also be immediately clear to all concerned how the interests of local residents, with regard to our perception, can be properly integrated into a new airport decision can be considered. “
Witjes: “To say, as the province does, that the participation process has failed all in all, I think is going a little too far. Something can certainly be achieved if only it becomes clear that some interests are too far different to come. a common solution. “