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Medway leader dismisses Isle of Grain airport proposal

Fri 12 August 2011, 2:58 pm

Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers has ridiculed proposals for a new airport on the Isle of Grain which were drawn up by architect Norman Foster.
 
The plans are aimed at allowing London to compete with airports in Europe and the Middle East.
 
But Chambers said that the proposal was the “daftest in a long list of pie in the sky schemes that have been put forward”.

He added: “The Isle of Grain is home to the largest Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in Europe and around a fifth of the UK’s gas supply is offloaded by container ships and stored there.

“It is plainly obvious that aircraft and huge gas containers are a potentially lethal mix. I can only assume that neither Lord Foster or Boris Johnson, who is said to be thrilled by this plan, have actually left their offices and travelled from London to the Isle of Grain to have a look.”

He said the plans, which could cost up to £70 billion, was both unaffordable and unnecessary.

He said other exisiting airports, including Manston in Kent, should be developed before new airports are considered.”

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