Vote yes or no on airport expansion
THE people of Lydd have voted to hold a referendum to gauge opinion about the proposed airport expansion.
More than 200 people packed St Peter’s Church, Greatstone, last Wednesday, March 7, for the public meeting.
Originally due to be held in the church hall, the venue was changed due to health and safety concerns because of the high number of people.
Following a late start, the Mayor of Lydd, Cllr Chris Albrow, who chaired the meeting, asked residents if they wanted a poll.
Lydd resident Trevor Boulden proposed that a poll be held and was seconded by Sue Ashworth, also of Lydd. A total of 94 registered electors stood up to vote in favour of holding a referendum and just five voted against.
The announcement that a poll would be held was met with rapturous applause.
The question residents will be asked to answer is:
Do you support the proposed expansion of Lydd (London Ashford) Airport including any runway extension? Yes or No.
Cllr Albrow reminded residents that the poll will not be enforceable and that the decision will remain with Shepway council, or the Secretary of State if it goes to a public inquiry.
The planning applications are for a new terminal building, capable of handling up to 500,000 passengers a year, and a runway extension.
The cost of holding a poll is estimated at £3,000, which will be met by the town or parish council.
The referendum must be held within 25 working days from the day it was demanded.
It is thought that the poll concerning the airport and a separate one called to consider the treatment of the coastal area by Lydd Town Council will be held together.
Residents vote at one of the meetings