Asking for some airport dialogue

I am writing this letter because several people have spoken to me after reading your Nov. 10 front-page story

I am writing this letter because several people have spoken to me after reading your Nov. 10 front-page story (‘Low-flying planes scaring residents’) and have said to me: “you are against the airport.”

I presented to the Qualicum Beach committee of the whole regarding the airport business plan. My opening remark was: we love our airport, use its services often and appreciate  having a facility for medevacs.

I said we have concerns over low-level aircraft and the generated noise. Some fly dangerously close to the treetops.

We need protection and are asking for dialogue with the Airport User Committee but we were told that although we can attend, we are not allowed to speak.

This does not allow for transparency or direct communication with the public. We asked if a rep from Qualicum Woods could be on this committee and were told these positions were filled.

We can understand the tenants of the airport having this committee, but perhaps there should be a ratepayers’ committee from the general public as well.

I concluded, that if we expand the airport (without taking care of the present problem of low-flying over houses), the  problems we discussed above will only get worse.

It does not at all mean we are against the airport, quite the contrary, but that the present problems have to be improved to show responsibility going forward.

Carol Dowe

Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

2019 Federal election: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address seniors issues

“What are your party’s plans to ease the stress realized by seniors on fixed incomes?”

WATCH: Jordan now a key member on staff at Parksville business

Disability Awareness Month celebrated around province

RDN wants to play role in Ballenas track upgrade

Bringing dilapidated facility up to standard could cost close to $1M

Qualicum Beach joins in on global climate strike

Participants urge government to adequately address climate crisis

Coombs athlete, 91, brings home five gold medals from 55+ BC Games

Buschhaus now has 217 career senior games medals

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Island music trivia tournament a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Most Read