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Who Will Be Affected
LAAG believes the proposal will lead to the destruction of Romney Marsh in exchange for the creation of a small number of mainly low skilled jobs since Lydd Airport will only be suitable for low cost operators.
Lydd Airport was acquired by Sheikh Fahad al Athel in 2001. Since then he has upgraded the facilities associated with the existing runway, but despite this investment and a strong marketing drive to attract new customers, it remains a small local airport used primarily by the local flying club.
The current planning application (filed December 18th 2006) consists of 2 parts - a 444m runway extension supported by an Environmental Statement based on 300,000 passengers per annum and a new terminal with an Environmental Statement based on 500,000 passengers per annum.
We are particularly concerned about the runway extension as this will allow large commercial jets such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A319/A320 to operate from the airport, providing the infrastructure for the airport to achieve both its 2mppa medium term ambition and its 6mppa longer term target.
Lydd Airport Action Group (LAAG) was reconstituted in August 2004 when it became obvious the management of Lydd harboured ambitions to become a major regional Airport.
Planning application process - CPRE explains
Greatstone, Littlestone, Lydd -on-Sea will be most affected by aircraft noise, being close to the airport and directly under a flight path. Other areas under the flight path are St Mary’s Bay, Dymchurch and Hythe, while New Romney, although not under the flight path, is directly adjacent to it and located close to the airport
The existing road infrastructure (A259, A2070, B2075) cannot cope with a major increase in traffic - there are already severe bottlenecks in the Rye area - and since there is strong commercial evidence that the proposed rail link will not be viable, at least until the first 2 million passengers are achieved, all communication to the airport will be by road. 2 million passengers imply an additional 500,000 car journeys to and from the airport. In addition, the aviation fuel/servicing demands of the airport will substantially increase commercial vehicle traffic in the area.
Habitats and Birds
This enlargement demonstrates the national importance of the shingle foreland, sand dune, saltmarsh, open water and grazing marsh habitats in the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay area.
The airport is also beside a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), close to a Special Protection Areas (SPA) and a proposed Ramsar site, all European designations.
These unique designations also support an important RSPB nature reserve. Since the area is heavily populated by birds and the principal migratory route to Europe, the risk of bird strike is high.
Dungeness Nuclear Power Stations/MOD Firing Ranges
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