Wednesday, 19 December 2012

AIRPORT MANIA IN A TIME OF RECESSION

Kent Green Party notes another proposal to build an airport in the Kent area, at Goodwin Sands off Deal (1). Steve Dawe comments:
"Along with attempts to revive expansion plans at Heathrow and Gatwick, and attempts to rescue failing airports at Lydd and Manston, Kent and Medway are beset on all sides with hugely expensive airport infrastructure proposals that would increase air pollution, noise and the UK's contributions to greenhouse gases and climate change. The latest proposals, for Goodwin Sands off Deal, would cause a massive increase in surface traffic in the East Kent area  on roads already seriously congested, and lower air quality and property values.
"Let us consider this from the point of view of the potential traffic impacts if a major airport is built in the Estuary or on the Goodwin Sands or elsewhere. Heathrow had 25.7 million car movements by 2010 and is forecast to reach 34 million by 2020 (2). There is no prospect whatsoever that Kent's existing or imaginable road structure could cope with such vehicle movements.
"If the Government is serious about building up local employment in Kent it will support domestic tourism. It will aid owners of existing airports to follow the proposals being made for Rochester airport, and begin conversion of existing airport sites to other uses. All-weather leisure proposals should be considered for Lydd and Manston particularly. Given the cost of food, some of the land might well be economically and expeditiously returned to agriculture."
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
Notes:
1.      Press release launching this proposal: http://www.goodwinairport.com/dls/RP/Plan_for_Goodwin_Sands_Airport.pdf
2.      http://www.heathrowhub.com/environmental-imprints/

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