Friends of the Earth: Airport "pie-in-the-sky plan"

Friends of the Earth said the Thames Estuary airport scheme was a "pie-in-the-sky plan" and that Mr Johnson should "stop pitching communities in west London against those in Essex and Kent and back transport solutions that don't wreck our planet".

Rodney Chambers, leader of Medway Council in Kent, said: "For five years now, Boris has failed to listen to the huge number of people who have said that placing an airport in North Kent, on or near the Thames Estuary, is a complete non-starter."

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Airport proposals in London

The airport expansion debate intensified today as Heathrow bosses unveiled their case for an extra runway at the west London airport.