Plea to pre­serve peace of county

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - LYDD AIRPORT EXPANSION PLAN -

THE Rom­ney Marsh is Kent’s most peace­ful area, ac­cord­ing to the Cam­paign to Pro­tect Rural Eng­land (CPRE). The char­ity claims this map shows the threat to the tran­quil­lity of the Marsh posed by the de­vel­op­ment of Lydd Air­port. It shows the cur­rent state of noise pol­lu­tion in Kent, with Rom­ney Marsh be­ing the county’s largest tran­quil area, with only the Isle of Shep­pey and Hoo Penin­sula with sim­i­lar low lev­els of noise. The CPRE claims this would all change if plans to de­velop the air­port went ahead. Di­rec­tor of the char­ity Dr Hi­lary New­port said: “This map il­lus­trates per­fectly what is at stake – one of the south east’s few havens of rel­a­tive tran­quil­lity is threat­ened by a calami­tous pro­posed de­vel­op­ment. “To al­low the ex­pan­sion of Lydd Air­port to go ahead would be to lose one of our county’s priceless nat­u­ral as­sets and the Marsh’s tran­quil­lity does not sim­ply ben­e­fit wildlife. One in four jobs on the Marsh de­pends on tourism. “With its wildlife, its nat­u­ral beauty, its beaches and high lev­els of sun­shine, Rom­ney Marsh needs to re­main at­trac­tive to hol­i­day­mak­ers. The de­vel­op­ment of Lydd Air­port would make this im­pos­si­ble.”

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