For­mal ob­jec­tion lodged by na­ture re­serve char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A WILDLIFE char­ity has lodged a for­mal ob­jec­tion to the ex­pan­sion plans for Lydd Air­port.

The RSPB, which owns a na­ture re­serve next to the air­port site, claims that the plans do not take enough ac­count of the likely dam­age to the area’s unique nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

The char­ity fears that the birds at the Dun­geness na­ture re­serve, which at 1,000 hectares is its largest in the South East, would be put at risk.

Chris Cor­ri­gan, RSPB re­gional di­rec­tor, said: “It is im­pos­si­ble to con­ceive how a large air­port in this lo­ca­tion can avoid dam­ag­ing the wildlife ei­ther di­rectly or through man­age­ment to min­imise the bird strike risk.

“To sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion with­out prop­erly ad­dress­ing th­ese is­sues is un­ac­cept­able. Their as­sur­ances that it will all be OK in the end are with­out a shred of rel­e­vant sup­port­ing ev­i­dence.”

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