Boris Johnson's Island Airport plans are "pie in the sky" and would cause an environmental catastrophe a new report claims.
The report drawn up by Conservative controlled Medway Council, objects to the airport on nine separate grounds:
(i) It is unnecessary and not wanted(ii) The cost of an airport would be prohibitive(iii) The current infrastructure would not cope with huge increases in traffic(iv) The environmental damage would be catastrophic(v) The noise, light and air pollution would be intolerable(vi) The risk of air strike from migrating and nesting wildfowl would be high especially as this is an internationally important site for wildlife(vii) The airport would be disproportionately affected by fog and high winds(viii) The airport would lead to blight in the surrounding area including falling property prices and uncertainty for many years about inward investment into Medway(ix) Kent County Council is promoting Manston as an airport destination and this provides a viable alternative
Medway Council Leader Rodney Chambers said today:
“This report to Cabinet shows exactly what we already knew – that the Mayor of London’s plans for an estuary airport are completely pie in the sky.“His feasibility study has not taken into account so many things such as the distance it would be from London and whether passengers or airlines would actually want this, it has ignored the fact that there is a port importing a huge quantity of Liquid Natural Gas everyday and has made only a very arbitrary study of the transport links needed.“I urge as many people as possible to sign our petition and help us stop this ill thought out airport."
The Conservative leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter has also joined the campaign against the airport.
You can sign their petition here