Birmingham Airport Consultative Committee
It has long been recognised that Airports need effective dialogue with representatives of those who use them and those who live in the area. In this way the difficulties which inevitably flow from the operation of a large and busy undertaking can be more deeply understood and problems can often be avoided, resolved or mitigated.
The importance of such consultation was soon recognised in airports legislation and this is now consolidated in section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 which allows the Secretary of State for Transport to designate airports "for the purposes of consultation". Where Airports are designated in this way the Department for Transport recommends the setting up of a consultative committee according to Guidelines published by the Department - most recently in April 2014.
The April 2014 Guidelines can be seen on the website of the Liaison Group of UK Airport Consultative Committees which includes also more detailed information on the statutory background UKACCs webpage on statutory background of Consultative Committees and role UKACCs webpage on the role of Consultative Committees of consultative committees .
Birmingham Airport Consultative Committee was set up to meet the Airport's obligations under legislation now to be found in section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (as amended by the Airports Act 1986) which states:
"1.This section applies to any aerodrome, which is designated for the purposes of this section by an order made by the Secretary of State*.
"2. The person having the management of any aerodrome to which this section applies shall provide: -
(a) for users of the aerodrome,
(b) for any local authority (or, if the person having the management of the aerodrome is a local authority, for any other local authority) in whose area the aerodrome or any part thereof is situated or whose area is in the neighbourhood of the aerodrome, and
(c) for any other organisation representing the interests of persons concerned with the locality in which the aerodrome is situated,
adequate facilities for consultation with respect to any matter concerning the management or administration of the aerodrome, which affects their interests."
* Note: The Order designating airports under this legislation, including Birmingham, is currently the Aerodromes (Designation) (Facilities for Consultation) Order 1996 (SI 1996/1392) as amended (SI 2002/2421)
The Committee's latest Constitution (February 2013) is attached.
Although the Chairman of the Committee is appointed by Birmingham Airport, he or she is independent both of the Airport and the other various interests represented on the Committee. The present Chairman is Mr Colin Flack.
The other members are nominated by the bodies shown on our Membership Page.
The Consultative Committee meets four times a year in January, April, July and October. The meetings, which start at 2.30 p.m., are held at Diamond House, Birmingham Airport. Meetings at the present time and not generally open to the press and public.
For details of meetings visit our Diary Page.
The Passenger Services & Surface Transport Working Group (PSSTWG) and the Environment Monitoring Working Group (EMWG) were abolished in July 2014. Watch this space for their replacements.
In addition to the statutory role of Birmingham's Consultative Committee, under the conditions of the Planning Approval granted by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, there is a requirement for the Committee to take on environmental monitoring responsibilities.
The Wider Scene
Birmingham also keeps in contact with airport consultative committees across the country. Each year the Committee's officers meet with their opposite numbers at 21 other UK airports to discuss common issues and to share experience. The Liaison Group website which includes the agenda papers and minutes of the annual meetings from 2002 onwards including the liaison meeting held here in Birmingham 2003 and 2012.
The site also includes more information on the statutory backgroundUKACCs webpage on statutory background of Consultative Committees and role of consultative committeesUKACCs webpage on the role of Consultative Committees and on current aviation issues both in the UKUKACCs webpage on UK aviation issues and at European level UKACCs webpage on European aviation issues .