Boris Johnson has angered his Conservative neighbours in Kent once again after reports that he is considering resurrecting a project to build an airport on the Hoo Peninsula.
Plans for an airport at Cliffe were dropped by the last Labour government following strong opposition in the local area.
And earlier this month the coalition government appeared to rule out Boris's preferred alternative, an island airport in the Thames Estuary:
Boris Johnson's plan for an airport in the Thames Estuary suffered a fresh blow today after senior ministers ruled it out on cost grounds.
Senior sources at the Department for Transport suggested that unless an “innovative model” to finance the £40 billion scheme was found it was “unlikely” to go ahead.
I think "unlikely" is being a little generous to this total non-starter of a scheme.
However, the slightly more feasible option of building an airport on the Hoo Peninsula is now being pushed by some airline tycoon or other, and the Mayor is happy to let it be known he's interested.
However the Conservative leader of Medway Council, is not so happy:
"I am furious that this unwelcome proposal to concrete over the Hoo Peninsula to create an international airport is back on the table....
The pie in the sky idea of building an airport in the Thames Estuary, being pushed by Boris Johnson to deflect the debate away from Heathrow expansion, is virtually dead.
Yet still Boris persists by resurrecting unacceptable proposals to build an airport in Medway that would cause massive environmental damage and be potentially dangerous to passengers and aircraft through the risk of bird strike...
This is an obscene proposal that must never be allowed to get off the ground."
The press release goes on in similarly annoyed terms for another few paragraphs, which leaves me wondering:
Why does Boris continue to pursue these schemes that have no backing amongst his own party and which aren't even within his jurisdiction?