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Controversial plans to expand one of the region's airports have been criticised by environmental groups. Tom Savvides reports.
Workers at Lydd airport in Kent have welcomed the news that the airport is to expand. But campaigners say they're not happy. We spoke to Ground operations manager Steve Mallion and Dr Hilary Newport from Protect Kent.
The celebrations continue at Lydd airport after yesterday's announcement that the Secretary of State has given the go-ahead to extend its runway and construct a new terminal building. It means it will be able to handle up to half a million passengers a year.
Executive Manager of Lydd Airport, Hani Mutlaq, talks to ITV reporter Tom Savvides about the airport's expansion plan that has now been approved by the Government.
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.
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.
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.
Lydd Airport bosses says they will now be seeking an early meeting with Shepway District Council planners to begin the process of ensuring that the pre-commencement conditions are discharged, including environmental, noise, traffic and other conditions already agreed as part of the approval.