GASP Groups Against Stadium Proposals fights destruction of Historical Air Park

Jets & Cars

Everyone thinks of the pressure of traffic on match days, but what about the massive housing development of 600-800 households, each with a couple of cars?

To put this into perspective, the new housing development would be similar in size to Marlow Bottom but in half the space.

The Airpark at Booker is now the preferred site and there are currently only two roads for access. One from High Wycombe via Cressex Road and Clay Lane, and the other via the Stokenchurch-Marlow Road (B482). The B482 has already been declared a dangerous road and the Bucks CC signs indicate 17 casualties in the last three years between Marlow and Stokenchurch. This road is also very congested at rush hour with pinch points in Lane End and queues around the Clay Lane turning. The extra burden of traffic brought by the stadium and the enabling development will only make matters worse.

A massive increase in transport lorries is already a probability at Booker as High Heavens has been targeted as South Bucks' new waste transfer station.

A new link road from Handy Cross skirting Marlow Bottom has been put forward as a possibilty.

Any new development of the size being mooted here will require utilities (water, electricity, gas) and facilities, shops, schools, doctors. There are also proposals for a new hotel and other ventures to support the Sports Village. It's a huge undertaking to suddenly conjure a village of this size out of nothing. The upheaval would be immense during the lengthy construction phase and the legacy would be appalling.

Some residents local to the airfield suffer from the noise of helicopters and powered aeroplanes and believe that a stadium is the better option. Think again. Whilst some airfield business will go (with the loss of up to 250 jobs) it is likely to be the ones that cause the least disruption, like the gliders. (www.nostadiumatbooker.org.uk)

Whilst nothing has yet been decided, the most likely scenario is that helicopter noise would increase considerably as helicopters need the least space to operate, although a mere 200ft extension to the runway would enable private jet aircraft to use the airfield.

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Thanks to Paul Baker, Adrian Metcalf

GASP is a coalition of parish councils, residents' associations, sports clubs and conservation bodies
from around the Wycombe and Marlow districts who believe the current stadium proposals are flawed