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.

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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

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