Trouble in t’ village   11 comments

There’ve been rum goings on in the village for the last couple of months, dastardly plans have been published for building an international airport in our little corner of paradise.

The grapevine has been incandescent with rumours about its size, the size of the aircraft and every possible permutation of the information currently available. The short truth of the matter is that very little concrete information has been released by the people behind the plan and neither the location nor the construction have been approved by official government bodies, yet.

A topographical map with black areas marking the runway, terminal and apron areas has been circulating. It shows that some village areas of habitation could be badly affected by the construction process and houses occupied by some of the villagers may have to be bulldozed.



As you may imagine a groundswell of public feeling has been stirring to voice opposition and point out alternative locations. In the opinion of the opposition, Kaş, the villages above Kaş and the immediately surrounding areas would be blighted forever if the airport were to be built. Certainly the peace and quiet of the villages would be gone forever from the moment the first excavator bucket load of what passes for soil on the planned site is scooped up.

Oh, by the way, the red spot near the end of the runway on the map picture above is the location of my house. It is 300 metres or so from where the pilots might be retracting their undercarriage as they and their cargoes of sunburnt self loading freight scythe through the peace on their climb into the wide blue yonder leaving in their wake a cloud of Jet A-1* fumes and the faint but unmistakeable “ker-ching” of capitalism run rife.

I hope it won’t happen but I doubt my opinion will count for much in the decision process, there are too many other factors to be taken into consideration. I am put in mind of recently watching the TV series House Of Cards, both the U.K. Palace of Westminster version and the American White House version. Is there any similarity in the behind-the-scenes machinations of the decision? You might think that, I couldn’t possibly comment.

And another thing… I attended a hospital in Fethiye a few weeks ago to have a complete medical health check-up, very thorough it was too. I was pronounced fit for my age, a backhanded compliment but I don’t get many so I’ll accept it. The only fly in the ointment, if you’ll pardon the pseudo-medical pun, was a “nodule” on my thyroid. Currently I am awaiting the results of a biopsy to determine whether further action will be required, the consensus is it will not be, but to be 100% sure we wait.

EDIT: I almost forgot, Hanife’s horse did a wonderful job of eating my grass and most of the weeds too. Such a good job in fact that I prevailed upon her to bring her back because we had some rain and everything started growing again, pesky stuff.

*The fuel used in the turbine engines of modern jet airliners.

Posted May 11, 2016 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

11 responses to “Trouble in t’ village

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  1. Chris, this is very alarming news. I live near San Jose Airport and can tell you that the noise of the jets and the smell of kerosene is always in the air.

    They have passed some humane laws here. Jets cannot land or take off between the hours of midnight and six a.m. But that is the only respite that the citizens who dwell under the approach get. We made our peace with the airport when we bought this house. We knew it was nearby. We could see the jets as they came in to land. But we are to the side, not directly below the approach. Your house will decrease in value if the airport got built. Certe. I don’t know what to advise. The peace and quiet that you wanted and your investment might be lost for ever. Please keep me informed. Now I may never buy a house in Kas or Kalkan. Javaid Qazi.

  2. Hi Javaid, you are right it is alarming but I will remain calm(ish) until the diggers move in. The value of my place is of secondary importance to me as I intended to leave feet first, as to the noise, we’ll have to wait and see. During my R.A.F. days I lived 150 metres from the end of the runway at one base with squadrons of Tornadoes that also had night operations so I know exactly what to expect.

  3. Chris,
    Thanks for yet another informative and enlightening commentary on life in the village. Since our house is where it says “Ortakoyu” on your map, we may not get the pungent aroma of the jet fuel but we may certainly hear the sound of takeoff and landing. Ah yes, to expect the unexpected is never more true than living in Turkey.

  4. Yes you should be able to do some plane spotting from your house John, you’ll soon be an expert in the insignia and numbers!

  5. Hi..well the irony of business and technical modernization..but yes, the village and habitation would be badly affected. Its an international airport so a big parcel of the land will be needed. So they should think it over and look after the people’s opposition and suggestions of alternative location. 300 mts away is so near, the quiet and peacefulness will be gone forever. Hoping for a more reasonable alternative and study on the matter.. I will also pray your biopsy result will be benign..more power…

    Cynthia Brigola
  6. yes I can understand the worry about the airport. Whats the update?
    re your other news. 40 degrees… really? OMG I cant stand that sort of heat. I thought it wouldn’t go higher than 35!
    Whats happened to the donkey…. I have so much news to catch up on 🙂

  7. Yes was low 40s for a few days, high of 30 today so a sigh of relief all round. The neighbour swapped the donkey for a horse.

  8. upgraded eh. Be a camel next

  9. Well there are a couple of camels in the village but they take part in the camel wrestling.

  10. oh poor things. I hope they don’t have fleas and are well cared for. In Abu Dhabi I remember watching camels racing along the motorway with computerised jockeys on their back.

  11. Yer pretty well cared for. The wrestling is mostly pushing and shoving with a bit of ankle biting thrown in if they can reach.

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