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Estuary airport ruled out

Wed 3 September 2014, 3:37 pm

The Airports Commission has concluded after an eighteen-month study that proposals for the Inner Thames Estuary (ITE) airport at the Isle of Grain would not be shortlisted for further consideration.

Medway Council has spoken of its support for the decision, with Rodney Chambers, leader of Medway Council saying the threat of the airport had caused misery for residents. 

Chambers said: "We have said all along that it should never have even been considered. The cost to the taxpayer was never fully explained and it would have resulted in the mass destruction of habitat and wildlife that could never be replaced. 

"This scheme has been a distraction we could have done without as we worked on our existing regeneration plans to bring new jobs and homes to Medway.

"We have known from the start that this plan was wrong but still had to fight until the end to ensure it never got off the ground."

The report concluded that one additional runway should be built in London by 2030. 

The commission chairman Sir Howard Davies, also said in the report: "We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames estuary is the right answer to London's and the UK's connectivity needs. 

"While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's.”

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