Sunday, 9 November 2008

MPs CALLED ON TO STOP AIRPORT EXPANSION

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sunday 9th November 2008 – 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083

MPs CALLED ON TO STOP AIRPORT EXPANSION

The current recession is reducing flying, and the aviation industry – like others – is clearly in difficulties. But the Government has not called a halt to airport expansion, despite the fact that this conflicts directly with its own policies on climate change. Dr Hazel Dawe has contacted all of Kent’s MPs calling upon them to urge an end to airport expansion at Rochester, Manston and Lydd as well as at Heathrow. She says:

“I have written to all of Kent’s MPs urging them to support Early Day Motion 344 in Parliament, asking them to sign EDM 344(1) asking the government to rethink its plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, this has become urgent in the light of the need to reduce CO2 emissions, air and noise pollution. The EDM also asks the government to examine the possibility of high speed rail as an alternative to all domestic flights. As Kent MPs I am also asking them if they feel that these issues together with the current down turn in the air passenger industry mean that additional capacity at Rochester, Manston or Lydd or an airport in the Thames Estuary as proposed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, are now also redundant.

“Kent Green Party believes the Kent airports should become leisure facilities, to improve domestic tourism opportunities in Kent and Medway.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party on 01732 355185 or 0845 357 4236 or mobile 079444 71083. Contact address as above

Notes:
1. EDM 2344 - 27.10.2008 - GOVERNMENT POLICY ON THIRD RUNWAY AT HEATHROW AIRPORT - Grogan, John

That this House urges the Government to rethink its plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport and to give full consideration to alternative solutions; regrets the Government's heavy reliance on data supplied by the BAA in assessing the case for expansion and notes the likely forthcoming break up of BAA's ownership of three of London's airports following the investigation by the Competition Committee; believes that the consultation paper Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport was deeply flawed, as it paid insufficient regard to the costs of air and noise pollution in the surrounding areas and the commitment to curb carbon dioxide emissions to tackle climate change; regrets the fact that provisions to improve high speed rail lines from Heathrow to major cities have not been fully explored, along with the potential of other UK airports to handle more long haul flights; and urges the Government to initiate a consultation on a new national planning policy statement on the theme of airports and high speed rail.

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