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Only one in six people support Boris Johnson’s airport plans, according to a survey part-funded by Medway Council.
But the results have been described as "bunkum" and "virulent spin" by pro-airport campaigners.
Carried out by ComRes and commissioned by Medway and Kent County Council, the questionnaire asked more than 2,000 adults in Britain if they supported plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary.
While over a third said they would support an estuary airport, only 16% maintained that view when told existing facilities at Heathrow, City and Southend would close as a result.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s proposal to the Airports Commission include an option to site a four runway development in the Thames Estuary, for the UK to maintain its place in a competitive global aviation market place.
Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers said: “No one disputes the need to invest more in aviation in order to ensure the UK keeps pace with demand and matches competition from abroad.
“However, we strongly believe that plans to site a hub airport in the Thames Estuary is financially, geographically and environmentally wrong.
“This survey highlights the chronic lack of public support for the project. Most people will not back a scheme which closes other key airports.”
People surveyed also said that, on average, the maximum time they would be prepared to travel from Central London to an airport near London would be just under an hour.
And half said it would not acceptable to increase airline ticket costs in order to fund a new airport.
But Demand for Regeneration in North Kent, a business lobby group which wants the estuary airport hit back at the survey. Its director Clive Lawrence said: "This is a particularly virulent example of council spin.
To view the data visit www.comres.co.uk
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