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Airport expansion would hit thousands

April 20, 2005 8:00 AM
Cllr Julie White and Peter Carroll are campaigning against expansion plans

Cllr Julie White and Peter Carroll are campaigning against airport expansion

The effects of airport expansion at Lydd could be felt as far away as Hythe if expansion gets the green light say local Lib Dems.

The airport wants to expand from taking 4000 passengers last year to around 2 million each year.

This would lead to a million extra vehicles using already busy local roads. Estimates put the number of flights at around a hundred a day - many being nosy jet aircraft. The airport has also said that they hope to allow night flights too meaning local people will get no respite from the noise.

Peter Carroll said, "Thousands of people have already backed our campaign. The development would do huge damage to the local environment. It would harm tourism in the area and shatter the quality of life of many residents. It must be stopped."

The Lib Dems are trying to find out more details about the proposed flight path. Some people fear that planes could fly in over parts of Hythe, Dymchurch and St Marys Bay as well as houses closer to Lydd.