A new collective headwind against the Sables-d’Olonne airport works

A new collective headwind against the Sables-d’Olonne airport works

The Sables-d’Olonne airport is once again in the news thanks to a local residents’ petition launched a few days ago. © JDS Archive

Why the new collective against the airport?

The Sables-d’Olonne Airport Residents Association already exists. Appointed DCA, he is especially invited to meetings of the committee for monitoring the activities of the airport and has already opposed development projects of the site in the past.

Today, it seems that a certain number of residents who decided to form a collective do not like the action of this association.

“What has DCA accomplished so far? We realized that the association would not get anything. Local residents are very disappointed with DCA. At the meeting of the committee last May, to the great surprise of the residents of the district, she did not oppose the activity of the spinning wheel. People got fed up and a collective was born. »

A new community of residents

What is the group complaining about?

OF multiple inconveniences starting with noise of course. Discomforts that are also olfactory. “Not to mention kerosene particles that settle everywhere. “The members of the collective are also pointing the finger new autogyro activity. “The agglomeration has just renewed the AOT (Public Domain Occupation by Enterprise) for one year despite complaints. The equipment would be replaced, but it is still noisy. What about a helicopter that does baptisms every thirty minutes…”

The collective condemns the lack of consultation around this airport. “The information can be very simple, the agglomeration only needs to put letters in our mailboxes.”

According to the collective, the development work of the airport “aberration” at a time when energy sobriety and environmental protection are being talked about at all costs. “This airport doesn’t make sense here. It is expensive and located in an area where there are many houses. We pay taxes for suffer the inconvenience of the privileged few. All this at an airport 30 km away (editor’s note: La Roche-sur-Yon), which offers the same activities. »

What does this petition demand?

It simply asks for the abandonment of the project to rebuild the airport at its current location: “Not by work, but by the relocation of the Sables-d’Olonne airport! »

To create this relocation proposal, the collective relies on the report of the last meeting of the airport activity monitoring committee, which took place on May 12, 2022. This report contains a preliminary schedule of the reconstruction project. It is mentioned there in 2022 airport relocation study. A possibility that is no longer on the agenda.

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What is the position from the agglomeration of Les Sables-d’Olonne?

As confirmed by Alain Blanchard, vice-president of the agglomeration of Les Sables-d’Olonne, who was present at this committee meeting on May 12, “there is a misunderstanding in this report. A study of relocating the airport was done several years ago and it was clear that it was not feasible. During this meeting I wrote a history of studies already done or in progress and came back to this offshoring study”.

The chosen one declares that he was not requested by this new collective.

“However, we have regular exchanges with local residents’ associations. This is the group in which we have been trying to restore peace and reconciliation since 2017. But some want to add fuel to the fire. »

Alain Blanchard

Agglomeration insists on it the rebuilding project is not completely stopped. It may change depending on the results of the noise study, which should be available soon, and the results of the fauna and flora study, which is currently underway. “Based on this, we will work on different development scenarios that will take into account safety and the reduction of inconvenience. »

Consultation phases will also take placepublic poll.

“We still have the same goal, which is to develop the airport and ensure that this facility becomes worthy of a tourist and economic town like Les Sables-d’Olonne. The airport is an asset for the territory” assures Alain Blanchard.

Those interested in the petition can contact e-mail: [email protected]

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