GRUMPY OLD BIRDER says bring­ing an old air­port back to life near his home will not af­fect birdlife

Bo Be­olens

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

DO YOU RE­MEM­BER the Rio dic­tum ‘Think Global, Act Lo­cal’? How about NIMBY – ‘Not In My Back Yard’? Not ev­ery­one does. My lo­cal Green Party is rail­ing against a plan to res­ur­rect our lo­cal air­port, which shut down a cou­ple of years back. They are sup­port­ing turn­ing the site into hous­ing and recre­ation in­stead. Bravo, you may cry! Houses and jobs be­fore for­eign hol­i­days and un­nec­es­sary over­seas food im­ports. I’m sure they are the very thoughts of the lo­cal greens. Oddly, given it is our back­yard, the ma­jor­ity of the lo­cals want to see the air­port back. Step back and mix a lit­tle re­al­ism with a lot of glob­al­ism. The air­port is close enough to Lon­don to re­lieve some of the pres­sure to cre­ate an­other run­way at one of the ma­jor Lon­don air­ports. Think back and re­call that this used to be the busiest freight air­port in the coun­try with a run­way big enough to deal with Jumbo Jets. Yes, but the take-off and land­ing is over the sea. What is more it’s over an im­por­tant mud­flat; a Site of Sci­en­tific Spe­cial in­ter­est (SSSI) with thou­sands of waders and wild­fowl. Think again, there is no his­tory of bird strikes here. More­over, the birds were as nu­mer­ous when it was a busy air­port as they are now that the

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