Expansion opponents ‘are being favoured’
THE Friends of Lydd Airport Group, which is in favour of it becoming bigger and busier is claiming that its opponents are being given preferential treatment.
Michael Walsh, of FLAG, said he believes the Lydd Airport Action Group, is a key player in the consultation process, when FLAG is not.
He claims this allows them to be privy to all information and reports on the airport plans, while FLAG struggles to get information from Shepway District Council.
He said: “Since the early 1990s LAAG has been a consultee in the planning process. It is being given the same status as the likes of Ashford Borough Council or Canterbury City Council, which is unprecedented for an action group.
“We request that we are given the same status as LAAG. If we are not we will seek a judicial review into the entire planning process regarding Lydd Airport.”
Louise Barton, of LAAG, said she believed both sides were being treated equally.
Sarah Smith, spokesman for Shepway District Council, denied Mr Walsh’s claims.
She said: “We have a range consultees, including statutory consultees – like Natural England and the Environment Agency – groups and organisations, town and parish councils and individuals who have requested information.
“LAAG has requested information since the current expansion plans at Lydd Airport became public, but this information is also available to anyone who wishes to see it. We take all comments seriously and aim to treat any group, organisation or individual equally, whether they support or oppose the plans.”
Cllr Michael Walsh is upset by the consultation process