Airport protesters take fight to Europe
THE group opposed to plans to expand Lydd Airport has taken the case to the European Commission.
Lydd Airport Action Group this week sent information to the EC warning that habitats that are protected by European legislation could be threatened if the development is given the go-ahead.
It also expressed concerns to the EC that the planning application before Shepway District Council is based on 500,000 passengers a year using the airport. LAAG said the airport’s masterp- lan envisages two million using the terminal in the future and that when assessing the impact on the environment this should be taken into account.
Chairman of LAAG Louise Barton said: “This is their goal so this should be taken into account. We have said this to Shepway on a number of occasions.
“As the legislation protecting the habitats came from Europe we are taking this to them.”
Lydd Airport is surrounded by habitats that are protected by European legislation.
Sarah Smith, a spokesman for Shepway District Council, said: “Shepway council is considering two planning applications which cater for a growth in passengers of up to 500,000 a year. Part of the planning process will be to assess the applications under the Habitat Regulations based on this figure.
“Any other expansion ambitions are aspirational and could only be achieved through new planning applications and new planning permissions.”
A decision on the plans will be made by the full council early in 2009.
A 737 jet performs take-off and landing trials at the airport to give residents an idea of what the noise would be like if the expansion goes ahead