Poll: Should North Walsham become a no-fly zone to avoid Glasgow-style helicopter disaster?

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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A worried North Walsham resident would like to see the town become a “no-fly zone,” town councillors heard.

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Peter Richie, of Willow Close, fears the number of helicopters flying over North Walsham make it vulnerable to a disaster akin to the tragedy in Glasgow on November 29 when a helicopter crashed into The Clutha pub, killing 10 people.

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Mr Richie has asked for the matter to be discussed at the council’s meeting in January and councillors have agreed to include it on their agenda.

Councillor Garry Bull said the town was regularly overflown by “shuttle-bus” helicopters, carrying people between Norwich Airport and offshore North Sea installations, and Mr Richie was concerned that a proper risk assessment had not been carried out.

32 comments

  • Mr Richie try coming to Mundesley then we have heicopters flying over us all the time too! Its not just North Walsham! You really need to get a grip on reality. Aircraft are flying above every town most of the time> Its just downright unlucky if one falls out of the sky and falls through the roof of your house. Do you worry about the poor souls down below when you take your next holiday flight?

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    getalife

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • The only dangerous thing in walsham is the stupid pedestrian crossing near the post office.

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    Skoalbandit

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Have the council really got nothing better to discuss than this absolute nonsense? What on earth are the odds of it happening again? And where does P Ritchie suggest the helicopters like air ambulance and police fly ? Unbelievable

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    Reader

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Did anyone actually vote for this idiot? What makes him think that his council's powers extend to being able to control the airspace over the toen. Bet he wouldn't have liked it in the '60s when the Lightnings from Coltishall were constantly roaring past at low altitude and high speed.

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    Chris Booty

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • @TomW - I think I'd prefer to see a "Load of old squit" feature. "Village idiot of the week" might be a bit limited in scope - or maybe not!

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    point du jour

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Perhaps after last nights events at the Apollo they should consider making NW a no-ceiling zone too.

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    DAVID WILLGRESS

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • I would really like the town council to consider my idea of a screening process for potential new residents coming to the town, it might save that person looking like the town idiot afterall...

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    nach0man

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • lets save North Walsham!.... Emz is right, It does not happen every day that a helicopter is hit by the wrath of god. This was a naughty helicopter, called Budgie or something like it, it was flown by an experienced pilot, who taught prince William two years ago and might have had some interesting discussions with him during his training. Discussions that might have been overheard. He set off in a helicopter with two police officers, the helicopter had no reported mechanical fault, and it then fell out of the sky, so it must have been my first assumption, no reason at all, it just fell out of the sky on to a pub.... Not! It will all eventually come out.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Has this "Village Idiot" recently moved to Norfolk from across the border as not even us "locals" are daft enough to make such stupid statements, and the think the council are even dafter to say they will discuss it is beyond belief.

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    Mr T

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • lucky they don;t allow passenger jets with hundreds of people on board fly over London then .... Oh hang on, they DO?

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • I would really like the town council to consider my idea of a screening process for potential new residents coming to the town, it might save that person looking like the town idiot afterall...

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    nach0man

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • What complete, total and utter nonsense. If N Walsham was a village, it would surely now have a new idiot! Walking through either Sainsbury or Lidl car park is infinitely more dangerous!

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    windup

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • This story is the perfect illustration of why some people in other parts of the country ridicule Norfolk and its inhabitants. For this idea to have become a matter worthy of being discussed by North Walsham Town Council and to be printed in the EDP as a news story appears to prove that some of those criticisms are justified!

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    Bad Form

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Unbelieveable that Councillors have nothing better to do that discuss such a daft notion - perhaps we should also close Norwich Airport in case a plane crashes on Wroxham ? Or ban cars in case one has an accident, you could go on forever - I think the complainant needs a sharp reality check and joins the real world.

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    Steve S

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • It has to be a sketch for the Nimmo twins to put in their show at the TRoyal

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    Rorping

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Far more likely to be blinded by an eyeful of pigeon muck jettisoned from above.

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    Muggas Budal

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • This is a real danger & should not be ignored.After all, a helicopter crashing on North Walsham could cause thousands of pounds of improvements.

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    Mr Majika

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • These things happen so rarely I cannot believe some busy body has actually got this put on the councils agenda! The helicopter which crashed was the same type used by the air ambulance and police so I hope that this person never gets ill and needs air lifting to hospital. This person would also be the first to complain when some snotty nosed teenager breaks into their house and the police cant use the helicopter to find them because North Walsham is a 'no-fly zone'. What a load of nonsense if I ever heard it.

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    Emz

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • I can't believe the council have actually agreed to discuss this! Crossing the road should be up for consideration for a ban by the council too. There's no telling what could happen with all that traffic.

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    The man on the Clapham Omnibus

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • I've got an idea, instead of having a 'No fly zone' why don't we make all aircraft fly upside down over the town? That way, they will fall towards the sky if something catastrophic happens.

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    backwoodsman

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Does Mr Richie know that a proper risk assessment has not been carried out? I'm quite sure that one has, no, probably many actually, something along the lines of "Try to stay in the air until you reach your destination" perhaps.

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    crunchy dick

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Why is North Walsham so special that it needs to be protected when other places do not. Firstly a slight case of nimbyism, secondly totally ignores the laws of probability, thirdly gives to much publicity to one individual for no news worthiness, fourthy if the argument was carried forward no one would be able to get anywhere except by walking (buses, cars, bicycles and horses can be dangerous too) and finally considering the state and condition of North Walsham at the moment it needs demolishing and rebuilding. Evening News please can we have some proper news.

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    PDH

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Quote "The only dangerous thing in walsham is the stupid pedestrian crossing near the post office" Please don't discriminate - What about all the clever pedestrians crossing!

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    Martin Scott

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • This has got to be a joke!! All the other comments have got it about right and one wonders just what North Walsham Councillors are up to - have they got nothing better to do?

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    andy

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • What utter nonsense I'm speechless that the Council have actually put this up for discussion. I'm in agreement with PDH that you are more likely to be injured in Sainsbury car park on a Thursday than being hit by a helicopter. Why is this person getting media coverage, come on North Norfolk News haven't you got more important stuff to report on?

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    Sarah

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • What Peter Richie doesn't seem to realise is that helicopter crashes are just a symptom of a much greater but invisible threat that should be addressed......and that is gravity. What should be on the council agenda is....what is gravity?....has it been risk assessed? and what can North Walsham Council do about it? Perhaps Noth Walsham could become the first town in England free of gravity, and forever safe from helicopters falling out of the sky.

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    Fly Tipper

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • "Mr Richie was concerned that a proper risk assessment had not been carried out." What does he think the Civil Aviation Authority is for? I would rather the helicopters didn't fly over my house but the risk is so infinitesimally small I shouldn't really.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Initially my thoughts were along the lines is it really April 1st already, then like CB I wondered how our concerned resident would have coped when RAF Coltishall was open and we had Air Sea Rescue helicopters flying over as well as the military jets, but eventually I realised this is yet another newbie to the town and we should basically ignore him and hopefully he will go away. But of course our council will always do it's best to stop anything, but will do very little to encourage any new decent housing.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • I would like the council to discuss my idea of moving Mr Richie out of Norfolk for his own safety and peace of mind as he is clearly very concerned that it is about to start raining helicopters. I don't think the council should even mention this as it is utterly ridiculous. With all due respect to the victim's and their families, there are much more important everyday dangers and risks that need to be tackled. This was a very rare incident.

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    Dude2013

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • What a load of old squit. Why even publish this nonsense, unless the EDP suddenly has a "village idiot of the week" segment that they haven't told anyone about?

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    TomW

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • If you ban flying aircraft over the Metropolis that is North Walsham,then it should be banned from everywhere in Britain.Seriously,does this guy want a risk assessment for cars,bikes,and pedestrians as well? There must be a thousand times more people in these categories who suffer serious injuries on a daily basis.Would the gentleman also like to ban anything that moves faster than a brisk walking pace? Even considering that outlandish things are considered Normal For Norfolk,this one is really out there.Like in another galaxy...

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    Nexus_6

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Those poxy things really jack me right off, every hour over Colby Banningham from 7am on a Sunday and frinking flying too low , if I had a bazzoka !!!!!!!

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    Colby Army!

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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