Low-flying microlights are causing concerns in village

Last weekend (22-23 September) I attended both days of the `Great North Fly-In` at Eshott  airfield just north of Morpeth. It was a truly amazing weekend with over 100 planes of all types attending to raise money for charity.' 'Photograph taken by'Anne Hopper'Low Stobhill
Last weekend (22-23 September) I attended both days of the `Great North Fly-In` at Eshott airfield just north of Morpeth. It was a truly amazing weekend with over 100 planes of all types attending to raise money for charity.' 'Photograph taken by'Anne Hopper'Low Stobhill

Concerns have been raised about low-flying microlights over Felton and helicopters landing at Eshott airfield.

At Monday’s Felton Parish Council meeting, councillors were told about a resident in the village who was concerned about the amount of low-flying happening over the village.

Members heard that one of the aircraft was carrying a banner that ‘almost skimmed the trees’.

Parish council chairman, Coun Stephen Walton, said: “There has been a lot more low-flying over the village recently and Felton is supposed to be a no-fly area.”

Clerk Lisa Hamlin said: “Normally they are good and it’s those that come in who don’t know the area and don’t know not to fly over Felton.

“The resident has taken photographs and sent them to Storm Smith who runs the airfield.

“He has also asked for the parish council’s support in asking for low-flying to stop.

“I have spoken to Storm Smith and he said that the pilots are aware that they shouldn’t fly over Felton or that low.”

Coun Walton said the council would support the resident in his concerns.

Mrs Hamlin also said that helicopters have been landing at Eshott. She said: “Only fixed wings can land there, but Mr Smith says they (helicopters) can as part of the 28-day rule.”

Northumberland County Council’s planning enforcement department has been made aware of the concerns.