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Estuary Airports

Jacobs Environmental Impact Study

A section of conclusion of the Environmental Impacts study on a Thames Estuary airport.  


 To read the full report as to the many reasons why environmentally an estuary airport is a non starter please click below July 2014

Foster Airport Proposal

The Foster plan for a new hub airport on Grain has been formally submitted to the Airports Commission. For further details please click here July 2013

The Threat Of A Thames Estuary on Your Doorstep – A Local Perspective

In 2003 when government launched its consultation into aviation expansion in the South East, for our part of the Thames Estuary, the announcement was like a bolt from the blue. This sleepy corner of Kent with its strange mix of dramatic Dickensian landscapes interspersed with power stations, oil refineries and everyday folk was suddenly thrust into the spotlight of progress ![…] Read more March 2012

Art Exhibition Shows How A Thames Estuary Airport Will Concrete Kent

A series of stunning images will starkly set out the devastating impact a huge hub airport could have on Medway and wider Kent.
A group of nine artists have put together an eye-catching exhibition, called Beauty or the Beast, which shows the damage they believe a Thames Estuary airport would cause. The exhibition starts on Saturday, 31 March, and will include work from artists Martin Booth, Karl Farrer, Jim Hill, Tina Lawlor Mottram, Stuart Ody, Peter Reeds, Teresa Tanner, Dave Wise and Kevin Clarkson. To read the full article published in the Peninsula Times please click here March 2012

Birds vs People?

Do you ever hear the exasperated cry “Its not about birds !! Its about people !!

If the airport is built here the price of my house will fall through the floor ! ….. Generations of our family have lived and worked here for years, our great grandparents are buried in the local Church. Moving away will mean breaking the family apart, changing doctors, losing friends, my children will have to move school I will have to find a new job! …. I don’t know If I can cope?? All of this and everyone is shouting save the birds, save the birds, what about the people don’t we matter?? Please click here to read more March 2012

Shadow Transport Minister Maria Eagle Visits Isle Of Grain

Never make plans that rely on mother nature as you will invariably be disappointed! We had planned to accompany RSPB on a boat trip to show journalist the site of Lord Foster’s Thames Estuary airport, off the Isle of Grain. On the way across to Queenborough to meet the boat we learnt that the trip was postponed in the face of a force eight.[…] Read more March 2012

Wake up George! from The RSPB on Vimeo.

Say No To A Thames Estuary Airport

Help us to take e-action BEFORE March 21st by telling George Osborne you object to these ludicrous plans

Click here to read more February 2012

The RSPB Step Up To Save Nature Campaign

As well as telling us how much more we’ll have to pay for a pint of beer or a litre of petrol, the UK Budget on 21 March may prove to be one of the most significant moments the environment has faced in more than three decades.

In 2011, the Chancellor described hard-won legal protections for our most precious wildlife sites, as a “ridiculous cost on British business”. Here’s hoping that he had a good break over Christmas, feels refreshed and will take a different view in 2012.

Accepting that the Chancellor needs to deliver economic growth and create jobs in the face of an enormous economic challenge, what is not accepted is that the environment is a barrier to success. Instead of environmentally destructive and high carbon, how about sustainable growth that acknowledges the value of the natural world that sustains us? Instead of a Thames Estuary Airport that will destroy areas internationally acknowledged as important for wildlife and blow any chance we have of meeting our commitments to help avoid catastrophic climate change, how about the Chancellor looking to the London Gateway port development as an example of how infrastructure projects should be done?

Step up for nature and e-mail the Chancellor today. Urge him to use his Budget statement on 21 March to put the environment at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery. To take part (it only takes a few moments) please click here February 2012

Dickens Marsh Walk 2nd February

In the week of Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday the RSPB is offering unique access to a part of the marsh at Northward Hill reserve that is normally closed to the public.[…] Click here to read more January 2012

Kent MP’s Demand Urgent Meeting With Prime Minister Over Airport Plans

A joint letter from the Kent North Kent MP’s has been sent to the Prime Minister urging the Government to scrap plans for a Thames Estuary Airport. […] Click here to read more January 2012

Cameron Paves The Way For New London Airport

In The Telegraph, Robert Winnett, the Political Editor has said that David Cameron is to announce a formal consultation on plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary within weeks. For the […] Click here to read more January 2012

Bird Strike in the Thames Estuary???

Is there already evidence of Bird Strike in the Thames estuary?

Since 1941 the estuary seen at least 4 deaths that could be attributed to bird strike and to this day they remain unexplained. Amy Johnson the celebrated aviator, first woman to fly sole form Britain to Australia, died in suspicious circumstances on 5th January […] Click here to read more January 2012

Medway Cabinet Discuss Estuary Airports

On the 20th December Medway Council’s Cabinet will meet to discuss the three estuary airport proposals. They will be given a presentation by Robin Cooper, Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture.

To read full article click here December 2011

Glance Back To See Forward

There has been a constant pressure to build an airport in or around the Thames Estuary for 60 years. The threat is real relentless since 1947 when it was suggested as the new London Airport replacing Croydon. For the full article, published by Friends of North Kent Marshes, and the chance to read up on the history for proposals for Estuary Airports – 1945 to 2011 please click here and either enter in the search box Glance Back To See Forward or follow the link on the right hand side December 2011

National Infrastructure Plan

The Chancellor of the Exchequers speech on Tuesday 29th November announced proposed changes to the National Infrastructure Plan Within the document it includes areas of concern for the community including the weakening of the Habitats Directive Direct from page 111 item 6.26 The European Union’s habitats and wild bird directives protect Europe’s most precious ecosystems, […] Click here to read more December 2011

RSPB Accuses “Greenest” Government of Hypocrisy

The RSPB is angered by today’s Government announcement recommending a new hub airport for the South East

The two schemes currently in the public domain, Boris Johnson’s island airport and Sir Norman Foster’s giant transport hub covering the Isle of Grain, both threaten one of the UK’s most important wildlife sites. They gloss over the very real dangers of bird strike to planes and continue to fail to address the very serious environmental impacts on sensitive and legally protected habitats.[…] Click here to read more November 2011

Theresa Villiers Rules Out Estuary Airport

This is an extract from Hansard yesterday 16th November 2011

In conclusion, I again thank my hon. Friend for securing the debate. I hope that the Minister will feel able to respond positively and make up for the Government’s failure to date to provide an aviation strategy that this country so badly needs………

…..In response to the hon. Members for Central Ayrshire and for Blackley and Broughton on the issue of the Thames estuary airport, as the Prime Minister has said, the Government have no plans to build a new airport in the estuary, or in Medway or elsewhere in Kent. The hon. Member for Central Ayrshire outlined some of the practical issues that would have to be surmounted before such a programme should go ahead, including, of course, the very significant airspace capacity issues. Nor do we have plans to redevelop Northolt as a third runway for Heathrow.

I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Reading East (Mr Wilson) that surface access to airports is a crucial part of making them successful. That is why

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Crossrail and Thameslink are going ahead—both will improve access. We continue to consider other options for western access to Heathrow, including work that could be co-ordinated with the proposed HS2 spur to Heathrow.

We have made it clear that a key plank of the Government’s approach to aviation is the cancellation of Labour’s misguided plans for a third runway at Heathrow. I find it ironic that the shadow Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle), accuses us of having no policy, when the previous Government spent 13 years on an aviation White Paper that everyone agrees is no longer fit for purpose, and on pursuing a runway that is universally agreed to be absolutely the wrong approach for the UK economy. One of the coalition Government’s first acts was to cancel the third runway at Heathrow. I continue to believe that the price in terms of the environmental impact would have been far too high, given that noise already has a significant impact for thousands of people living with a plane overhead every 90 seconds. At the time, Labour described our position as……….

To see this comment along with the original article please click here. November 2011

Lord Foster Unveils £50bn Thames Estuary Airport

Details of privately developed plans to build a four runway airport on the Hoo peninsula have been formally unveiled. The ambitious plans link freight connections between sea ports to the passenger airport, built on a tidal energy barrage and flood protection barrier.[…] Read more November 2011

Why Shouldn’t The Isle Of Grain Be Turned Into A Massive Airport?

Listen to the Julia George Radio Programme on Radio Kent.  Hear the comments from George Crozer, Parish Chairman. Link will last until 9th November November 2011
New Hoo Hub ‘Could Beat Aviation Bottleneck’

Boris Johnson said on 19th October that plans for a £15billion airport on north Kent’s Hoo peninsula deserve “proper consideration” as he urged new Transport Secretary Justine Greening to address London’s aviation crisis. […] Read more October 2011

Drop the Plans Boris

Kent County Council and Medway Council call on London mayor to stop airport ‘madness’ The leaders of Medway Council and Kent County Council have called on the Mayor of London to make clear where he stands on the Thames Estuary airport a scheme they say is madness The mayor has campaigned for more than two […] Read more February 2011

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