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XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 09:10 AM
The famous Battle of Britain airfield of North Weald looks like becoming yet another housing estate, just like Hornchurch, West Malling, Rochford etc.

"Epping Forest District Council (hereinafter call EFDC) have produced a "Draft Strategy" which is their vision and strategic plan for the district. At the moment it is only a DRAFT copy and is published for consultation and comments from the public. While the document contains many different aspects of life in Epping Forest the ones we are concerned about is the section that affects NORTH WEALD and the AIRFIELD. The document is lengthy but we have posted a copy of the relevant section on our website at www.northwealdairfield.org/Campaign/EFDDS4.jpg (http://www.northwealdairfield.org/Campaign/EFDDS4.jpg) if you would like to refer to it. While it is only a small section of the document it nevertheless makes it quite clear that EFDC want to develop the area between the M11 and the A414 which is essentially the AIRFIELD"/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 09:10 AM
The famous Battle of Britain airfield of North Weald looks like becoming yet another housing estate, just like Hornchurch, West Malling, Rochford etc.

"Epping Forest District Council (hereinafter call EFDC) have produced a "Draft Strategy" which is their vision and strategic plan for the district. At the moment it is only a DRAFT copy and is published for consultation and comments from the public. While the document contains many different aspects of life in Epping Forest the ones we are concerned about is the section that affects NORTH WEALD and the AIRFIELD. The document is lengthy but we have posted a copy of the relevant section on our website at www.northwealdairfield.org/Campaign/EFDDS4.jpg (http://www.northwealdairfield.org/Campaign/EFDDS4.jpg) if you would like to refer to it. While it is only a small section of the document it nevertheless makes it quite clear that EFDC want to develop the area between the M11 and the A414 which is essentially the AIRFIELD"/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 09:19 AM
Has "The battle of Epping Forest" by Genesis anything to do with this ? /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif



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fluke39
09-19-2003, 09:27 AM
such a shame

i would like to see all BoB and WW2 airfield in britain left. - if only as a testomony to those that served and died operating from these bases.

i was going to say well - most of them are desolate anyway -alot of them were probably intended to be temporary for the duration of the war too. but then i think - if i had served in the war i would like the airfield i flew from to still be here whatever it's condition.



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XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 09:29 AM
terrible http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I live in Ham, where (I think) that Hawker Siddely factory was http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (they knocked it down and built our houses). All of our names are named after famous planes, mine is Camel grove http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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fluke39
09-19-2003, 09:31 AM
IIRC as far as planning developments are concerned the plans must be shown for a while before development before it takes place(as u said) however i'm not sure if it is only local residents who are "directly" effected by the developments that can voice their opinions (with any weight) - are you planning to take any "action"?

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XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 11:18 AM
fluke39 wrote:
- IIRC as far as planning developments are concerned
- the plans must be shown for a while before
- development before it takes place(as u said) however
- i'm not sure if it is only local residents who are
- "directly" effected by the developments that can
- voice their opinions (with any weight) - are you
- planning to take any "action"?
-

All the members of the flying club I belong to(which is not at North Weald) are going to write letters of protest to Epping Forest District Council.I believe anyone can voice their objections.

XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 11:47 AM
Make sure the County Archaeology section know about this, they are usually based in the councils environment section. County archaeology sections have development control officers who monitor local development plans and planning applications. They may wish to object to the whole/part of scheme or at least recommend that detailed recording of the remains takes place. Failing that let English Heritage know as they have been recording WWII airfields recently and making recommendations for scheduling/listing. Good luck !

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XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 12:37 PM
Thats sad, it seems to be happening everywhere, greed before history (or anything really). I went to an air show there in '89 (could have been '88) went on the tube train & saw a Spit, Hurricane, B17 etc (cant remember all now), its a shame if its not so easy for future generations to see history come alive, I now feel privileged.

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XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 12:47 PM
Here is the answer to the problem. Simply obtain a handfull of dinosaur bones and Roman coins and plant them on the airfield.Then tip off a local treasure hunter who will make an amazing find on the airfield, and before you know it, the airfield is a protected site of national importance!!/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Ok...so getting the bones/coins might be a small obsticle, but not impossible./i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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Message Edited on 09/19/0311:48AM by hunhunter-texas

XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 12:50 PM
Typical of "Blairs Britain".The current Government and its cronies seem intent on eradicating any traces of history prior to the current Labour junta coming to power.

Other countries make monuments to the great people of their countries history,we bulldoze ours.

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RichardI
09-19-2003, 01:11 PM
We must be extremely careful that we don't forget what happened then and why. We need to keep these reminders, not destroy them.
So it doesn't ever happen again.

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XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 06:13 PM
Yet another example of the fact that people suck. As if any more were really needed. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 06:31 PM
ICAG_Bader wrote:
- terrible http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
-
- I live in Ham, where (I think) that Hawker Siddely
- factory was http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (they knocked it down and built our
- houses). All of our names are named after famous
- planes, mine is Camel grove http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
-

Look on the bright side - at least your street isn't named "Westland Lysander"! Bleeaaghh!

XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 07:12 PM
I am all for honoring our past heroes and keeping an accurate record of history, it is after all our best teacher and the only way to predict the future.

How long should we make a geographic location sacred?

How far in our history should we look for places to enshrine?

I think that memorials are the least we can do for our defenders, but not an entire air field.

They were fighting for the prosperity of their country. I don't think that they ever imagined that their battlefield would be marked off and kept from developing with the rest of their country.

In a land where history dates back thousands of years, there is hardly a place that you can step foot on, that someone, sometime didn't give their life for their homeland.

What should we do for their blood?

XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 08:34 PM
MadBadVlad wrote:
- Make sure the County Archaeology section know about
- this, they are usually based in the councils
- environment section. County archaeology sections
- have development control officers who monitor local
- development plans and planning applications. They
- may wish to object to the whole/part of scheme or at
- least recommend that detailed recording of the
- remains takes place. Failing that let English
- Heritage know as they have been recording WWII
- airfields recently and making recommendations for
- scheduling/listing. Good luck !

Thats very interesting MadBadVlad.Ill pass it on, thanks
-

XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 10:18 PM
Dogtail...a little off subject but do you know of the Dial House? It's in North Weald. I'm just curious. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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XyZspineZyX
09-19-2003, 10:22 PM
BlitzPig_DDT wrote:
- Yet another example of the fact that people suck. As
- if any more were really needed. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Can't agree with you more, man. People really do suck. I don't know why, but people are capable of doing some really sucky things.



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