The following has been posted on the Stansted Google Group this afternoon by Andrew Goldsmith. Please heed his request. Thanks Phil K
I (and others) have become aware of a new sign at the entrance to the business park which says ‘Private Land, no aviation enthusiasts beyond this point’.
The wording is totally unambiguous and means enthusiasts must keep out.
As we on the liaison group did not have advance warning I have asked the police / MAG for further information. I am awaiting a reply as the person concerned is off shift until Wednesday, therefore I thought I should bring this to everybody’s attention in the meantime as I understand that some people have already been stopped by the police and warned to stay out or face possible prosecution so they are clearly being instructed to act robustly.
Up until recently MAG and the airport police have been happy to tolerate 'responsible enthusiasts', but some enthusiasts have ignored the repeated requests not to go northside after dark and not to go into the Universal car park etc. Now -and perhaps understandably, MAG and the airport police appear to no longer tolerate any enthusiasts northside. There have even been reports of a person using the Universal emergency staircase to gain better views and photographs which in my opinion is totally irresponsible.
If I get further clarification I will post it as quickly as possible but I personally recommend that for now the bottom line should be STAY OUT under all circumstances.
Further to my earlier message about access restrictions at Stansted specifically targeted at Aviation Enthusiasts. The police have now responded to questions being raised by the local Planewatch group, which includes a member from Stansted Branch. The following sets out reasoning for the aviation enthusiasts "ban" on access to the northside /business park and executive terminal area. area.
"As you will know, London Stansted Airport and the Stansted Business Park are becoming increasingly busy. As part of ongoing measures to ensure the security of the airport, the Risk Advisory Group at Stansted Airport has reviewed public access to the Stansted Business Park and has made the decision to allow access to the Park for professional reasons only, removing public access for leisure pursuits.
As a result, the viewing of aircraft from within Stansted Business Park will no longer be possible. Aviation enthusiasts will be prohibited from viewing and photography of aircraft from within the business park and may be subject of a fine under the airport bye-laws if they are caught contravening the bye-laws.
The presence of enthusiasts/spotters at Stansted is still welcome and it is acknowledged that those engaged in photography, viewing and recording aircraft details provide an informal level of security. Such people are therefore encouraged to pursue their hobby along the perimeter fence adjacent to the Belmar Road area of the airport which provides a very good view of the runway.
Whilst it is acknowledged that this may disappoint some spotters, we appreciate your understanding and support in our efforts to keep Stansted Airport a safe place. Please be aware if members of Plane Watch are repeatedly found in this area their membership will be revoked.
This information will be further disseminated because we are aware that a high number of aviation enthusiasts who attend this area are not members of Plane Watch and will therefore need to be aware of how these changes will affect them."