It shows we’re right – say the pros AND the antis
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.
“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.”
Anti-airport expansion protestors in Dunes Road, Greatstone, are concerned about noise and pollution levels
The jet – source of power, or just noise and pollution?