Press Release: August 20  2011

 Two miles of nine foot high fencing missing from Lydd Airport planning application:   Public inquiry likely to be delayed.

Lydd Airport Action Group (LAAG) has discovered following investigations made with The Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority, that under UK law*, Lydd Airport will be required to security fence the perimeter of the airport with 9 ft high barbed wire topped, chain link fencing.

The Airport is required to install security fencing under the provisions of the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP).

Airport management should have included the plans for the fencing in their application.

The fencing which is a very high specification (BS 1722 Part 10) must be buried and concreted in the ground and will potentially cause damage to the fragile shingle of the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) surrounding the airport.

Under planning law the impact needs to be scientifically assessed. This essential work was not included in the environmental impact assessment which the airport presented as evidence to the Inspector of the Inquiry.

It is likely that the Public Inquiry will have to be delayed until the required study is completed.

Commenting on the news LAAG spokesperson Peter Morris said:

“This fence, though obviously essential from a security standpoint, will be a major eyesore for local residents. Airport management must have known about the legal requirement.  Presumably they decided to leave it out of their plans in the cynical hope that they can quietly apply for approval from Shepway District Council, once the inquiry is over.”

ENDS.

 Peter Morris/ Lydd Airport Action Group/ 07766 680 990/ petersayno@aol.com  

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