DfT non-public “information gathering” on Airport Consultative Committees

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DfT non-public “information gathering” on Airport Consultative Committees

DfT non-public “information gathering” on Airport Consultative Committees
2022-01-20 14:44:00
The Department for Transport is seeking views on Airport Consultative Committees (ACCs), but it is not a public consultation – just for members of the committees. These bodies are generally managed and paid for by the airport, and usually have one environmental representative, compared with many from councils, the airlines, business and the industry.  Many airport groups have for years felt that the consultative committees do not give affected communities, or environmental issues, the proper consideration they deserve.  Instead airport community groups say most consultative committees are just an extension of the airport’s PR machine. It would be better if the committees were funded independently, rather than having the airport pay the Chair and Secretary – which currently creates an underlying sense of obligation to the airport and its interests. Airport groups are suggesting that there needs to be a better, more independent process, and more democratic choice of chairs. With the recent abolition of ICCAN, there is even less independent over

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