Tag Archives: Thames Estuary

The campaign | Stop Estuary Airport

We are campaigning against an airport on or near the Thames Estuary because it would be:

• Unaffordable for the UK
• Responsible for concreting over much of Kent
• A source of significant noise and pollution
• In the wrong location
• Devastating for wildlife

I want to post fun and interesting things, but sadly the rest of the world keeps wanting to annoy and frustrate me. The pie-in-the-sky proposals for a hub airport on the Thames Estuary or North Kent Marshes is one of the latter. I really hope the Conservative’s very own BoJo the Clown is made to eat custard pie over this.

BBC News – Thames Estuary airport row at Kent County Council

Mr Lake said: “I’m keen on an estuary airport because I think it is a viable option and it’s something that we really need in the South East.”

He said people in west Kent were “already devastated” by Gatwick flights over the area and, when asked about the effect of an estuary airport on residents in Medway and on the Isle of Grain, he said: “We want to share the burden.”

Oh, how very generous of you, Mr Lake.

BBC News – Wildlife haven status for Thames Estuary airport land

Opponents of a new airport in the Thames Estuary have welcomed a government decision to designate the land earmarked for the project as a new wildlife haven.

The Thames Marshes have been included in a list of 12 Nature Improvement Areas and campaigners believe this could scupper the project.

The RSPB and Medway Council believe the airport would damage the environment.

However, supporters of the idea say the UK needs more airport capacity.

The airport would be built partly on reclaimed land and could be on either an island or a peninsula.

A ray of hope.

BBC News – Lord Foster unveils plans for Thames Estuary airport

But now the new Transport Secretary Justine Greening has refused to rule out the possibility of building an airport in the Thames Estuary.

Speaking at a conference of airport operators Ms Greening, who was appointed last month, said all the options for increasing airport capacity in the South East would have to be considered – including a new airport offshore between Kent and Essex.

So, it seems the plans, despite being dismissed by opponents could, if Lord Foster gets his way, yet fly.

This thing just won’t lay down and die, will it?

Answers, please: what happens to London City Airport, Biggin Hill, Southend, Manston, Stansted, and all the smaller airfields in the vicinity?

What will happen to the environment? It might look like the Hoo Peninsula is a wasteland, but that’s purely because hardly anything human lives there. It’s one of the few truly wild places left in North Kent, and should be left as such.

Why does a UK hub have to be so close to London anyway? What about all the ex-RAF airfields in East Anglia that could be renovated to act as a hub airport? I’d rather revamp a brownfield site that shit upon a green one.

I am concerned that the newly-promoted Transport Secretary appears to be positive to this project. I had been assured by my local MP that the Government was against such large projects in the Thames Estuary. I fervently hope that Kent County Council, Medway Council and the local MPs continue to oppose Boris Johnson foisting projects on an area which is outside his remit.

Best Beloved came up with an idea. If BoJo wants a new London Airport, how about flattening the West End? It would have perfect transport links to the main northern railway routes.

BBC News – Lord Foster behind Kent airport plan

We are the only country in Europe that can have a west-facing Americas port at Liverpool and an east-facing – China, India, Europe – port in the estuary.

Or perhaps an east-facing port at Grimsby, or Harwich, or …

We don’t want or need a new airport in the Thames Estuary. A liquefied natural gas terminal, one of the most important sites for over-wintering birds, and the fact a new airport will effectively kill the existing London airports and smaller airfields as well as upset the French and Dutch airspace, plus having already been given the red light by the UK government, means this idea should be dead in the water.