2M Group The 2M Group is an all-party alliance of local authorities concerned about the environmental impact of Heathrow operations on their communities. Airport Watch We are an umbrella movement uniting the national environmental organisations, airport community groups, and individuals opposed to unsustainable aviation expansion, and its damaging environmental effects, including climate change. BAA (British Airports Authority) BAA’s work touches on almost every …Read More »
The global financial crisis has delayed plans to run more passenger services out of Kent International Airport. But airport chiefs, confident it is a short-term dip, have published a master plan that foresees gradual expansion over the next 20 years to around six million passengers a year. Freight operations are forecast to reach 400,000 tonnes. Matt Clarke, KIA chief executive, said:
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"Like most businesses in the UK aviation marketplace our business has felt the impact of the recession. Our air cargo business has proved itself to be resilient but the recent market activity has delayed our plans for passenger service expansion in 2009.
THE cost of public consultation over a proposal to allow night flights from Manston airport is likely to cost £80,000. A report due to go to Thanet council on Thursday says money needs to be found to carry out the survey which has been prompted by an application to change the night-time flying policy which has been made by airport owners Infratil.Read More »
When will it ever start?
As with comedy, the secret of good consultation is... timing. I was wondering what was happening about the public consultation on night flights that TDC had promised, so I emailed Anona Somasundaram, the Democratic Services Officer in charge of the AWP:Read More »
There are people, it is true who are not sensitive to noise; but they are just the very people who are not sensitive to argument, or thought, or poetry, or art, in a word, to any kind of intellectual influence. The reason of it is that the tissue of their brains is of a very rough and coarse quality. from …Read More »
Dear reader, those nice people at the CPRE have produced some maps that are both pretty and informative. They show the distribution of "Tranquility" across our fine nation, and come with an explanation of how the CPRE assess tranquility.
Looking at the map of Kent (click it to big it) the cities and towns are easy to spot, as is the M20 running through Ashford to Folkestone, and the roads radiating out from Canterbury.Read More »
The proposed station is intended to link Kent International Airport (Manston) to the Southeastern High Speed rail service. Somehow. On the left is Southeastern Network’s map of their routes (click it to big it). The pale grey track that loops out from the existing Eutrostar route between Ebbsfleet and Ashford is the new high-speed rail link, taking in the Medway …Read More »
Last week’s pithy missive from Mrs. Earplugs to Paul Carter FC via his blog on the KCC website. No reply yet. I expect he’s busy. You say you understand that Boris doesn’t want a third runway at Heathrow and that you don’t want an airport in the estuary. And then you say you want more use to be made of …Read More »