Lydd Airport plan to go ahead

Breaking: Plans to expand Lydd airport In Kent will be revealed by the Secretary of State at 5pm. The proposals, which divided locals, have been under consideration for years, leading to the government to call in the decision.

Lydd airport expansion: Twitter reaction

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No one wants to stay in a seaside town with great big jumbo jets flying overhead #lyddairport #badidea

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The future of big flappy birds (especially gulls and waterfowl) that call Dungeness home is in jeopardy #Lyddairport http://t.co/hA1us2nDju

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@robwilliams1973 the impact to the environment will be minimal a lot of scaremongering by the greens with their own agenda #lyddairport

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Green Party MEP expresses dismay at Lydd airport decision

The Green Party’s MEP for the South East has reacted with dismay after the Government approved the expansion of Lydd airport. Keith Taylor has campaigned against airport expansion at Lydd for a number of years.

It's hugely disappointing that the Government has given the green light for this damaging expansion. The large number of people that requested a public inquiry into the expansion of Lydd airport shows that there are huge concerns about the impact these proposals would have in terms of the increase in pollution for local residents and the threat to important wildlife.

– Keith Taylor MEP, South East, Green Party

Mr Taylor added that Dungeness peninsula was one of the most important and sensitive wildlife habitats in the UK. The airport’s expansion will have an impact outside the immediate locality, damaging internationally protected wildlife sites.

“Expansion of services will also increase noise and air pollution and raise greenhouse gas emissions in the area. Such developments would set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the region, and indeed the rest of the UK.

– Keith Taylor MEP, South East, Green Party

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CPRE: Expansion is a terrible decision

CPRE have reacted to news that the expansion of Lydd Airport has been given the go-head saying it's a decision that will irreversibly damage the wildlife habitat and beautiful landscape unique to the area.

This is a terrible decision which threatens one of the few remaining areas of rural tranquillity in heavily pressured South East, and in a county once proudly described as the Garden of England. And it will not just alarm environmentalists.

There were many in the aviation sector who considered this scheme to be nonsensical and a non-starter. If there are any economic benefits, which is unlikely, they will be heavily outweighed by the environmental damage that it will cause on so many levels. Campaigners are bound to consider all legal options to have this disturbing decision overturned.

– Neil Sinden, Director of Policy and Campaigns for the Campaign to Protect Rural England

Airport manager: Right choice has been made

We submitted our planning applications in December 2006 and it has been a long road to get to where we are today. We put forward a compelling case for allowing the controlled development of the airport, and first the local planning authority and now the Government has agreed with the overwhelming body of evidence in front of them. The right choice has been made for the future of our community.

– Hani Mutlaq, Lydd Airport Executive Manager
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