It shows we’re right – say the pros AND the an­tis

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - LYDD NOISE TRIAL -

Both me and my neigh­bour mea­sured the noise at over 90 deci­bels. If you were ex­posed to that sort of noise level at work you would have to wear ear de­fend­ers

BOTH sides in the Lydd Air­port ex­pan­sion de­bate said Satur­day’s trial flight sup­ported their ar­gu­ments.

Lynne Beau­mont, a Lib­eral Demo­crat dis­trict coun­cil­lor said: “Al­though they only used a small 737, I think it was a re­ally good ex­er­cise and it’s wo­ken a lot of peo­ple up.

“Peo­ple were look­ing out of their bed­room win­dows say­ing ‘what the hell is that’. It was amaz­ingly loud and you could read the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber on the plane.”

Caro­line Cham­bers from the Chan­nel Cham­ber of Com­merce and Toby Philpott, prospec­tive Lib­eral Demo­crat par­lia­men- tary can­di­date for Folkestone and Hythe were both on the Boe­ing 737 on Satur­day morn­ing.

Mrs Cham­bers said: “I live lo­cally, and as a res­i­dent nat­u­rally I had my con­cerns, al­though I knew it would be good for the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and econ­omy. So I had an open mind.

“On the flight, when we were over land we were at a high al­ti­tude, and when we came in to land we were over the sea. I bet there were peo­ple who didn’t even no­tice.”

Mr Philpott said: “En­vi­ron­men­tally, if we al­low the air­port ex­pan­sion to carry on it will have a detri­men­tal im­pact on the qual­ity of life of peo­ple round here, par­tic­u­larly on chil­dren.

“Can you imag­ine be­ing a pri­mary school child un­der that? This is the wrong place to have a re­gional air­port.”

Mean­while, de­bate cen­tred on the per­ceived eco­nomic ben­e­fits of the ex­pan­sion.

Dave Whit­nall, who lives in Queen’s Road in Lydd and is a se­nior con­venor at the nearby Dun­geness nu­clear power sta­tion, said: “I’m sup­port­ing the air­port be­cause I’m a trade union­ist sup­port­ing jobs.

“There are lots of young peo- ple here who are out of work, and this will pro­vide the sort of un­skilled work, such as bag­gage han­dling, that is needed.

Job num­bers

“The owner of this air­port is the only per­son who’s putting real money into the area.”

But Mr Philpott said: “I don’t think the job num­bers they’ve been claim­ing stack up.

“My back­ground is as a pro­fes­sional econ­o­mist and they haven’t given me a very con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment.”

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