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

North Walsham Market Place.

North Walsham Market Place. - Credit: Colin Finch

A worried North Walsham resident would like to see the town become a 'no-fly zone,' town councillors heard.

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.

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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.

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