‘It was a lot qui­eter than I ex­pected’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - LYDD NOISE TRIAL -

OPIN­ION among the 150-strong crowd who came to watch the trial fight at the air­port was gen­er­ally pos­i­tive about the ex­pan­sion. Ju­lian Hall, of Skin­ner Road in Lydd said: “I was al­ways in favour of it, and it was quite a lot qui­eter than I thought it was go­ing to be.” Mal­colm James from Great­stone said: “The planes are noisy, but not too noisy. In fact, when I’ve been here in the sum­mer­time on the beach, you don’t take any no­tice of them. “I can’t see why peo­ple don’t want it in the area. It’s a good thing. It’s about time Lydd was put on the map. It’s got such po­ten­tial for an air­port. “I don’t think any­thing is bad if it gen­er­ates work.” Janet Ed­wards, from Lydd, said: “I was im­pressed with the quiet­ness of it. Ev­ery­one thought it would be in­cred­i­bly noisy, but it’s qui­eter than the tiny aero­planes they have here. “I’m more for than against the ex­pan­sion, but I don’t think to­day was a proper demon­stra­tion be­cause the plane wasn’t full of lug­gage and peo­ple. “The other thing is I’m not lis­ten­ing in my back gar­den.” Lydd town coun­cil­lor Clive God­dard said: “I’ve lived in Lydd all my life and the air­port’s not an is­sue. I’d like to see more of the jets.” Nigel Mitchell, an­other FLAG mem­ber, said: “I’ve lived here for 30 years and the peo­ple who are lead­ing the an­tis are new ar­rivals. Who are they to tell us what’s best for the area? The air­port will open the door to re­gen­er­a­tion.” Della Mid­dle­ton said: “We’ve got to look at bring­ing em­ploy­ment into the area. Peo­ple who re­tired here knew there was an air­port. “I feel sorry for them, but un­for­tu­nately we’ve got to live and work and pay our bills. She added: “I’m just look­ing for­ward to my first flight to Malaga.”

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