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G Bush (Unregistered Guest)
Posted on Sunday, 09 October 2005 - 02:52 pm:   

F1 at pre-1986 Brand Hatch was ok, a nice quaint old circuit, what it will turn into this time round is anyones guess.
Particularly as a large US co is involved, makes me cringe.
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(Unregistered Guest)
Posted on Wednesday, 07 September 2005 - 11:30 pm:   

Don't move near a race track if you don't like noise, Brands Hatch has been around long before you moaning lot.

Its like moving to Gatwick and complaining about the planes.

Take up Bowls or something to occupy your mind, you obviously have nothing else to do.

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Phil Hobson
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

Brands Hatch may be hosting the 2002 British Grand Prix.

What are your views?

Are you concerned about road congestion during practice days as well as the actual race?

Will noise pollution be a problem where you live?

Do you see opportunities for jobs?

Let us know what you think (please include your post code with your views).
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Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

I remember how noisy it was in the past when there were helicopters ferrying people between Cannock School and Brands Hatch. I suspect that it will be even noisier now even more people use airplanes and helicopters to travel to a F-1 event.

BR6 7QJ
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admin
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

From the BBC November 1999

Conservationists are fighting to save an ancient woodland threatened by a motor racing circuit's hopes of taking on the British Grand Prix.

Brands Hatch in Kent is to host the 2002 race, on condition that it makes improvements to bring it up to Formula One standards.

That means developers need to spend some 20m on felling 37 acres of woodland in the centre of the circuit for new pits, paddocks and a 15,000-seater grandstand.

The five-year deal bringing the Grand Prix to the circuit is expected to generate 200m and 3,000 temporary jobs.

But the plans are opposed by the Woodland Trust, the Forestry Commission and the Council for the Protection of Rural England.

They say the woodlands are home to endangered flora and fauna, half of which have disappeared in the past 60 years as it is.

Mike Townsend, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, said: "I think sooner or later we have to draw a line in the sand. We can't continue to lose what is a very important wildlife habitat, even if it means losing a Grand Prix."

Brands Hatch Leisure, which runs the circuit, says the woodland is of poor quality and has low conservation interest.

As part of its planning application, it says it intends to plant more trees than are being felled and work closely with English Nature and Sevenoaks District Council to manage the environment properly.

A spokeswoman for Brands Hatch Leisure told the BBC's Countryfile programme:
"The Management Plan will protect retained woodlands and ensure that they are managed in future to enhance their nature conservation value.

"They would not be open to off-road driving activities or to spectators."

It is Sevenoaks District Council which has to judge whether to allow the planning application and therefore the Grand Prix, or refuse it and conserve the ancient woodland.
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admin
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

From BBC - November 1999

Brands Hatch Leisure (BHL), which owns the Kent racing track, has agreed to a 120m takeover by American company Interpublic.

BHL will become part of Interpublic's Octagon sports marketing and entertainment division.
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Phil Hobson
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

The Octagon (the new owner of Brand's Hatch) website can be found at

http://www.octagon.com
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Phil Hobson
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

From the BBC 27th June 2000.

Brands Hatch motor racing circuit is a step closer to hosting the 2002 British Grand Prix after being given the go-ahead by two local councils.

Government approval is all that is now needed for competitive Formula One racing to return to the Kent circuit for the first time since 1986.

Brands Hatch Leisure Group Limited is confident of winning the backing of the Department of the Environment after redevelopment plans were passed by Kent county council and Sevenoaks district council.

Brands Hatch, which has not hosted the British Grand Prix since 1986, bought the rights to the event from Silverstone in May and plans to spend 30m bringing the circuit up to International Automobile Federation (FIA) standards.

"I'm sure the British Grand Prix will be at Brands Hatch in 2002 - the support has been overwhelming," Brands Hatch chief executive Rob Bain said on Tuesday.

"We plan to start work in August and hopefully the work will be completed within a year.

"Some woodland will have to be cut down to accommodate the plans, but for every tree that is chopped down we will plant five more."

Mr Bain said FIA chief Bernie Ecclstone had guaranteed a full grid for the event.

"I'm sure the Formula One drivers will love it here."

The government is expected to deliver its verdict in the next three weeks.
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admin
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

We now have details of the proposed helicopter routes and exclusions zones for air traffic to and from Brands hatch.

It is bad news for Well Hill.

Exclusion zones - these are areas that should not be overflown by helicopters:
  • Swanley
  • Farningham
  • Horton Kirby
  • Hartley
  • New Ash Green
  • West Kingsdown


Holding Points - were the helicopters will hover, circle and congregate while waiting for clearance to land at Brands Hatch:
  • Farningham Wood TQ 54 68
  • Elbows Wood TQ 63 65
  • Beechen Wood TQ 51 64
  • Cooper's Wod TQ59 60


The Holding Point that affects Well Hill is Beechen Wood. It affects Well Hill is several ways.

Firstly, traffic from Biggin Hill will fly over Well Hill village to get to the holding point.

Secondly, the helicopters will hover over Beechen Wood and Home Wood while waiting for clearance to land at Brands Hatch.

Thirdly, the designated route from the Holding Point to Brands Hatch follows the electricity pylons from Redmans Lane over Lullingstone Visitors Centre, to the new heliport just north of the Brands Hatch racing circuit.

Fourthly, helicopters leaving Brands Hatch will have to follow a fixed route via the Lullingstone Visitors Centre to Cockerhurst before heading off Westwards and Southwards.

Based on my own observation that helicopters present a noise nuisance for a radius of well over 500 metres the following areas will be adversly affected:
  • Redmans Lane will have continuous severe disturbance over many hours before and after races due to helicopters arriving at and holding over Beechen Wood
  • Cockerhust Road will have continuous disturbance over many hours before and after races due to helicopters arriving and leaving the holding point over Beechen Wood
  • Well Hill Village (South) will have continuous disturbance over many hours before and after races due to helicopters travelling between Biggin Hill and the holding point over Beechen Wood
  • Park Gate and Well Hill Village (North) will have disturbance over many hours before and after races due to helicopters travelling to and from the holding point over Beechen Wood
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Phil Hobson
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

Brand hatch is expected to generate 3,000 helicopter movements. To put this in context, Gatwick had 678 and Heathrow had 1244 Air Transport Movements per day in 1999 (Source British Airports Authority).
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Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

From The Times 9th September 2000.

"PLANS by Brands Hatch Leisure Group to stage the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch are now at the mercy of John Prescott after the Environment Secretary decided to investigate the controversial proposals to improve the circuit. Mr Prescott yesterday launched an inquiry into plans to transform the Kent circuit into a venue suitable to host Britain's premier motor race in 2002."
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Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

Helicoper traffic is expected on 14/15 October as noted by National Air Traffic Services Ltd

BRANDS HATCH ATZ established 14 OCT 0730 til 15 OCT 1730, in accordance with
Rule 29 of the Rules Of The Air Regulations 1996.
512114N 0001554E rad 2nm. Vertical Limits 2000ft aal. Class G
airspace. Svc provided by Brands Hatch callsign 'Brands Tower',
hrs 0730-1730, 130.675. (A1655/00) (E15OCT)
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Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

From The Times dated 26th October 1999.
Bernie Ecclestone, through Formula One Administration, is a tenant of a hangar at Biggin Hill and owns land adjoining the airport.
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Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

The WHRA committee have sent the following letter to the planning inspector:

Dear Sirs,

We, the Well Hill Residents Association, object to the planning application for Brands Hatch Circuit on the following grounds:

1. The road system is rural and is unsuitable for the substantial increase in traffic anticipated on and around race days.

2. The helicopter movements - around 3000 on a Grand Prix day - will create significant noise pollution in areas which are designated as both Green Belt and ANOB.
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Anonymous
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

Sevenoaks District Council Leader, Cllr Allison Cook, says:

Quote:

"This is a one-off opportunity to revitalise our District, to create jobs to keep our young people in the area and to put Sevenoaks on the world sporting map"




Is he putting his own political ambitions before the people that will have to live with the consequences of Formula 1 at Brands Hatch?
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Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, 11 August 2002 - 08:10 pm:   

From the BBC Website

Silverstone will continue to stage the British Grand Prix
for the next 15 years after agreeing a deal with rights
holders Octagon.
The good news for the Northamptonshire circuit will come as
a blow to the hopes of Brands Hatch, who had hoped to regain
the opportunity to host the event.

Jackie Stewart, president of the British Racing Drivers Club
(BRDC), said: "The BRDC is delighted that we have structured
a partnership to ensure the future development of the
Silverstone circuit as the centrepiece of British
motorsport.

"This deal is good for Britain as (it is) the capital of
motorsport in the world."

Stewart had feared that the problems at this April's event
could cost Britain its Grand Prix status with a switch to
Dubai being mooted.
"There was a chance that the British Grand Prix could have
been lost if we had not been able to bring it up to the
highest standards.

"There still is, we need the facilities to guarantee the
country will have a grand prix in residence.

"The FIA President Bernie Ecclestone does not hold any
loyalty to the British Grand Prix if we couldn't bring it up
to the standard of the rest of the world.

"But this deal means we are able to put tens of millions of
pounds into developing the circuit."

Stewart also called for further government backing to
improve Silverstone's standing.

"We now need to convince the Prime Minister and government
even just to match the current funding so we can have the
single best grand prix in the world.

"We are already the technical capital of world motorsport
and we must have the grand prix to match that."

Silverstone's management company have pledged to make major
improvements to the racing circuit and its facilities
following the major problems that hit this year's event
after bad weather.

Road access and parking facilities will be expanded, while
corporate hospitality areas will also be improved to become
a major feature of the circuit.

Octagon chairman Frank Lowe highlighted the ambition to
reinstate Silverstone's reputation.

"A lot of countries such as Dubai and Korea would want to
host the Grand Prix to provide then with the status
conferred by hosting one," Lowe said.

"We cannot afford to be complacent about anything."

"It will be the ambition of Octagon and the British Racing
Drivers Club to create a circuit that is the envy of the
motor racing world."
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Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, 11 August 2002 - 08:11 pm:   

Dear Fellow Well Hillians!

I am Harriet Morse who lives a Gladstone Cottage near the
Rock and Fountain. Here with me is Miss Amy Roberts who
lives at Helmsley. We are 15 and 16, and I, Harriet, am
appaled by the lack of teenage involvment in the Well Hill
Resident Assosiation. Frankly, I believe that the Hill's
growing population should support the younger generation as
they are "welcomed" into our society. We have tried a
numourous ammount of times to search for information about
the Hill's society and have tried desperately to find
numbers and address for the Well Hill Residents. If a
section for resident details was added in addition to the
remainder of the site, I feel that it would bring our hill
together, uniting the community. We both would be extremely
grateful if you could take into consideration our proposal,
and think of the youth of our world today.

Yours Sincerly,

Miss. H Morse & Miss. A Roberts
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Phil
Posted on Sunday, 11 August 2002 - 08:12 pm:   

It's good to see the young full of ideas. Let us make sure they can achieve some of them.