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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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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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