Lydd airport called in for public inquiry
Last modified: 24 June 2010
Chris Corrigan, RSPB Regional Director for South East England, said, “The Dungeness peninsula is one of the most important and sensitive wildlife habitats in the UK. When combined with considerable local opposition and the increasingly significant impacts on climate change, it seems only right that the airport expansion plans are given the fullest and most rigorous examination before being allowed to proceed. The RSPB has long maintained that a Public Inquiry is the best and only way to do this.
“The decision to call-in Lydd airport’s expansion plans is entirely consistent with the coalition Government’s position on aviation and transport1, which promotes the need for restraint rather than the previous headlong rush towards airport expansion.”
Recognising that the inevitable delay in the final decision about the airport, and the possibility that the plans may be rejected by the Public Inquiry, Chris Corrigan added: “We believe that there is considerable potential in the area to promote the natural environment and attract more people to the area as visitors and tourists. The RSPB is keen to work with others across Romney Marsh and Dungeness to make the most of this potential.'