Thursday, 8 October 2009

BORIS ISLAND AIRPORT REVIVED

Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has been advocating a new airport in the Thames Estuary. Unfortunately, this idea has now received a major boost with promises of support from three Middle Eastern states(1). Steve Dawe comments:

“The Estuary Airport idea of Boris Johnson’s has many practical problems. These include: the London Array wind turbines. The 341 turbines proposed will be up to 175 metres high (2) over an area of about 94.6 square miles. There are concerns about impacts on bird life, and the noise ‘footprint’ of circling aircraft over the whole of north west Kent from Dartford to Faversham. Climate emissions negotiations at Copenhagen in December could well include attempts to reduce emissions from aircraft. If aviation emissions are shared across households, then each UK household is making about one third of its carbon emissions by the flights its members take. Even more surprising, the UK is top for aviation emissions per adult – far ahead of the USA and other rich countries. Currently, each UK adult averages about 603 kg of carbon emissions from aviation use per year whilst the US average is only 275 kg per adult per year(3).

“Domestic tourism and rail travel to the continent can substitute for flights, helping to boost UK tourism revenues. Kent Green Party wants Rochester, Manston and Lydd airports converted to other leisure uses to support domestic tourism, not international flights.” C230 words

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe – Press Officer – KENT GREEN PARTY on 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
2. http://www.londonarray.com/about/ The windfarm will be sited about 12 miles out into the Estuary.
3. Evidence collected by market research company Global TGI. See account on World Business Council for Sustainable Development site: http://www.wbcsd.org/plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?MenuId=MTYw&ClickMenu=LeftMenu&doOpen=1&type=DocDet&ObjectId=MjY2MTA

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