Musician Jools Holland backs campaign against Thames Estuary airport
Jools Holland (second
from right) with anti-airport campaigners (l to r) Joan Darwell,
Gill Moore and George Crozer
Musician Jools Holland has given his backing to the
campaign against a Thames Estuary airport.
The pianist lives at Cooling Castle on the Hoo Peninsula,
which would be changed beyond recognition if an airport is ever
built in the Towns.
He fought plans for an airport in the area 10 years ago
- and has pledged to do the same this time round after meeting
He said: "If this magical area protected by law and
international agreement, is not safe from threat of development, I
fear no corner of England is safe."
A decade ago, the Labour government considered building an
airport at Cliffe and the town is again being eyed up as a
also been suggested as a possible location for an airport by the
architect Lord Foster.
The Wembley stadium designer's plan is for a four-runway hub
that would handle more than 80 million passengers and operate 24
hours a day.
The government has set up a commission to decide what to do
about the country's aviation capacity.
Led by the economist Sir Howard Davies, its interim report is
due out this year, before a final report is released after the next
election in 2015.
Paul Outhwaite, from wildlife charity RSPB, which is opposed to
the idea, welcomed Mr Holland's support.
He said: "Jools fought alongside us 10 years ago during the
successful No Airport at Cliffe campaign and the threats and risks
remain the same.
"Environmentally, ecologically and economically a Thames estuary
airport is a complete nonstarter as evidence to the Davies
Commission will prove."
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