Friday, 6 June 2008

Boris Johnson breaks promise in Kent airport row

A Conservative council leader called Boris Johnson an idiot this week after he appeared to back down on a pledge not to build an airport in his area.

The comments from Dartford Council leader Jeremy Kite came after Boris Johnson refused to rule out building an airport in the Thames Gateway. Mr Kite, who says Boris had previously made a personal promise that there would be no such airport, told the News Shopper:

"I love Boris Johnson to bits but we are not part of London. If Boris thinks an airport in the area would work then he is an idiot. When I spoke to him during his campaign he assured me north Kent was not an option. Environmentally it doesn't make sense and there is not the infrastructure to support it."

As an ex-resident of Dartford myself, I know that it has some of the worst air quality in the whole of the country. Surrounded as it is by the M25, the A2 and a coal power station, a huge new airport is the last thing that the town needs.

Promises, promises

The airport row comes after Boris made a similar election promise to the Keith Park Campaign to put a statue of the war hero on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. Once Boris was elected, he admitted that it would not actually be possible to do and instead said that the rotating series of statues would continue. 

After an angry reaction from many of his supporters, he has since said that the Park statue may be placed on the fourth plinth on a temporary basis only. 

Whether or not this will quell some of the anger is not yet clear, but it is certainly not the sort of compromise that will be available to him when it comes to building airports.


Chris said...

I live in Gravesend which is in the Thames Gateway as well. What makes him think he can build an airport somewhere where he hasn't even been elected? All hell will kick off if he tries anything like that here. Heathrow is a much better option. At least it already has all the infrastructure there. Kent has been butchered enough by London without this coming to it as well.

Anonymous said...

This must be the 'concrete' environmental policies you were talking about yesterday Troll.

The Tory Troll said...

Aye. these be the ones.

Anonymous said...

Boris can concrete over the whole place as far as I'm concerned. Place is a dive.

The Tory Troll said...

Another kind-hearted Boris Johnson supporter visits the Troll.

Mr. Stop Boris said...

I wonder when he assured Mr. Kite that "north Kent was not an option": before or after he said building an airport in the Thames Estuary was his campaign's "big idea"...?