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Proposed new eastern access road to Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is primarily accessed via Eastfield Road; the road is heavily utilised by a range of vehicles and users, operating well over capacity, particularly at peak times. The increased congestion has a negative impact on the road networks in the west of Edinburgh, as well as impacting passenger accessibility to and from the airport.

It has been an aspiration of the airport to develop a secondary access road for a number of years and has been included in the airport’s Masterplan and the Council’s West Edinburgh Transport Appraisal Refresh (WETA). However, we have previously been constrained by the lack of land available to develop a new road. This changed following the closure of the secondary 12/30 runway last year and we are now in a position to take this project forward.

We are currently at the very early stages of the planning process and have recently submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (19/04534/PAN) informing the Council of our wish to submit a planning application for the road in due course. As part of the planning process we are carrying out a Pre-Application Consultation with communities and would encourage you to take part in this process via the link below. The link provides more detailed information on the project and how you can respond:

http://www.edinburgh-airport-eastern-access-road.co.uk/

The consultation is open until 31st December 2019.

Should you have any questions please contact communications@edinburghairport.com

Our community matters to Edinburgh Airport. We have a strong commitment to the communities around our airport and aim to address any issues of local concern.

Charity of the Year

Every year we partner with a different charity to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. By focussing on one charity we hope to maximise our impact, both in terms of the money we raise and the promotion and exposure we can give to the charity. We pride ourselves on the success of these partnerships and are delighted to have been awarded ‘Best Partner Relationship’ from the Institute of Fundraising for our 2018 partnership with Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

From Guide Dogs Scotland to Children 1st, we’re pleased to have raised over £300,000 since 2012 for charities across Scotland. Applications to be our 2020 Charity of the Year are now closed.

School choirs

Each year Edinburgh Airport invites local school choirs to sing Christmas carols in the terminal. Schools are offered this opportunity to raise funds for their own causes, with 10 spaces available in December 2019. If you’d like to apply, you can fill in the application form here and send this to communications@edinburghairport.com by 12 noon on Friday 22 November 2019.

Inside EDI

We publish a quarterly newsletter called Inside EDI, sharing relevant and interesting stories, including information about our Community Fund, new routes and destinations, and airport infrastructure developments. Download our latest issue of Inside EDI here.

Freephone noise line

In response to local requests, the airport established a freephone 24 hour telephone line for residents to raise concerns about noise. If you have concerns regarding noise, please call our noise line on 0800 731 3397 (freephone 24/7).

Noise insulation scheme

This was followed with the introduction of noise fining, whereby aircraft that break stated noise thresholds are fined depending on the level of infringement. In 2009 we launched a consultation on a Noise Insulation Scheme for those properties most affected by noise and we started insulating homes in 2010.

Corporate Responsibility Report

Edinburgh Airport has a Corporate Responsibility and Environment Policy and every year we publish a Corporate Social Responsibility report to provide information and data on our economic, environmental, social and community performance. You can read our latest Corporate Responsibility Report here.

Community fund

The Edinburgh Airport Community Board meets quarterly to review funding applications from our local community. The Community Board consists of key representatives from Edinburgh Airport and the local community and they provide independent evaluations of applications.

Charities or community groups associated with members of the Community Board can still apply for funding, but the Community Board member must declare their involvement and withdraw from discussions and the decision-making process.

For more information, please go to Edinburgh Airport community fund

Work experience

As part of our commitment to give back to our local communities, Edinburgh Airport hosts work experience during the first full week of each month for 3 pupils from schools within Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The aim of our work experience placement is for pupils to gain an understanding of how an airport operates behind the scenes and to learn about each of the different teams involved in our daily operations. Pupils will spend time shadowing different teams throughout the week. These can vary depending on availability and operational needs but may include Airside Operations, Engineering, an airline, Special Assistance, Police, Airside Fire Service and Air Traffic Control.

If you attend a school within Edinburgh and the Lothians, you can find more information and an application form here.

As part of the work experience programme, the airport also trialled its first ever work experience tour for pupils with Additional Support Needs (ASN) in June 2019. Read all about the experience here.

If you would like to find out more information about how we can offer a tailored work experience for ASN pupils, please email communications@edinburghairport.com

Feedback

We welcome your feedback about how we operate in our community. There are many ways for you to get in touch and let us know your feedback:

Edinburgh Airport Tower

Edinburgh Airport Tower to find out more about the tower and the criteria for changing the colour of the tower see here.

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