KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 15th January 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – 07747 036192
KENT AIRPORT EXPANSION:
Encouraged by Heathrow Decision
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Kent Green Party is appalled by the Government’s anti-environmental decision to permit a 3rd runway at Heathrow. The Party feels this will encourage attempts by Kent’s airports to expand. The recession has been reducing flights, especially at regional and small airports. Steve Dawe comments:
“The Government’s decision to expand Heathrow ignores both economic and environmental evidence. Airports and airlines are suffering in the recession (1). The seven UK airports run by the BAA company, which include Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, handled 145.8 million passengers in 2008 - a drop of 2.8% compared with 2007. At 66.9 million, the number of passengers using Heathrow airport last year was down 1.4%, while Gatwick dipped 2.8% and Stansted fell 6% (2).
“We cannot hope to cut greenhouse gas emissions effectively if aviation is allowed to expand. The Government has so far done nothing which will curb the long-term increase in both aviation and shipping emissions. It has made a mockery of its own Climate Change promises.
“Kent Green Party supports the use of the Manston, Lydd and Rochester sites as leisure developments, and in the case of the first two – for agriculture. Domestic tourism is growing and so is the demand for smallholdings and allotments.
“The battle of Heathrow is not over yet. Many forms of legal challenges may be made to stop this idiotic decision from being implemented.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe – Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Steve Dawe wrote Kent Green Party’s submission to the recent Manston consultation and contributed to Caroline Lucas MEP’s submission to the same consultation.
1. See for example, recent submissions by Kent Green Party and by Caroline Lucas, Green MEP for Kent, to the Draft Masterplan consultation on Manston – available from email@example.com