Reaction to the Airports Commission report

Roger Truelove, pictured with Guy Nicholson

Roger Truelove, pictured with Guy Nicholson

As expected the idea of a Thames Airport is not on the agenda. It is time for this nonsense to be put to rest. The so called Boris Airport has never ben viable and has only been kept going by the Mayor of London’s capacity for publicity. It has always been a non starter for economic and environmental reasons.

The airport industry has never been ready to fund such a project, the infrastructure costs are prohibitive and there is a plethora of environmental arguments against. Boris Johnson has shown his capacity for publicity but not for sound judgement. His showboating has however caused great uncertainty in North Kent and in Sheppey, and, I fear, held back consideration of serious economic investment.
Unfortunately, the Government has been too ambivalent about the idea. It is now time to make it absolutely clear that this isn’t going to happen.
Roger Truelove
Deputy Leader of Labour Group on Kent County Council and Spokesman on Economic Development

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