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Medway Council slams Isle of Grain airport proposal

Mon 7 November 2011, 2:44 pm

Medway Council has slammed new plans by architect Lord Foster to build an airport on the Isle of Grain.

A statement from the council said that the airport would be on the wrong side of London for business travellers, and is planned for a site which hosts Europe’s larges liquefied natural gas containers.

In addition, it said, the site would also be where a major UK power station is based. 

Council leader Rodney Chambers, said: “The plan to build an airport on the Isle of Grain is, quite possibly, the daftest in a long list of pie in the sky schemes that have been put forward for an airport. 

“The Isle of Grain is home to one of the world’s largest Liquefied Natural Gas terminals, with a fifth of the UK’s gas supply offloaded by container ships and stored there. It is plainly obvious that aircraft and huge gas containers are a potentially lethal mix. 

“In addition to this, the sunken American warship the SS Richard Montgomery is submerged just a few miles from the location and laden with high explosives, the London Array wind farm is being built nearby and the airport cuts through an area that is home to hundreds of thousands of migrating birds. 

“We have looked at Lord Foster’s plan and he appears to want to place his fantasy Isle of Grain airport on top of the LNG plant and a power station. It beggars belief.”

London mayor Boris Johnson publicly backed the plans, but Medway Council said that a poll by ICM recently showed that 76 per cent of people across the country, and even 67 per cent of Londoners, are against a Thames estuary airport. 

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