September 26th, 2012 |
Concerned About Boris Island ? Sign The Online Petition !
The proposal for having a major new airport inside the Thames Estuary- ‘Boris Island’ – is calling a lot of concern. The proposals put forward by the Mayor of London, and by Labour peer Lord Foster are for a massive, twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week airport that would be built on a huge artificial platform, transforming the estuary.
The Evening Standard reported on the aviation debate at the Lib Dem conference :
Liberal Democrats sent a strong message today to their coalition partners that they were “not for turning” on the issue of building a third runway at Heathrow. Delegates at the party’s autumn conference in Brighton also voted overwhelmingly to reject London Mayor Boris Johnson’s “fantasy” plans to construct an airport in the Thames Estuary.
Dr Julian Huppert, Lib Dem MP for Cambridge and co-chair of the Parliamentary Party Committee on Transport, told members it was time for the party to set out an aviation policy which “balances the need for growth with the clear environmental threat that we face”…..
…..Dr Huppert claimed passenger numbers could be increased without building new runways anywhere in the country, arguing there was space at existing airports in the UK, including Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester which had usable capacity.
Lib Dems in Southend are campaigning against this proposal , and you can sign their online petition here