City airport to rival Stansted under Labour plan

April 28, 2009 10:38 AM
Nichola Harrison

Cllr Nichola Harrison

Cambridge Labour councillors want to see the city's airport expanded making it capable of accommodating major passenger planes such as Easy Jet

They claim the airport, close to thousands of city homes, could become a regional airport taking the overspill from Stansted.

The madcap plan shocked a meeting of Cambridge City Council and left thousands of residents fearing they could be living close to a major flight path.

Nichola Harrison. Liberal Democrat county councillor for Petersfield was shocked at hearing the plan.

She said: "The idea of locating a substantial passenger airport directly adjacent to thousands of homes is crazy - almost every Cambridge resident would be badly affected by the noise and pollution, and by extra traffic coming from far and wide.

"What can Labour councillors be thinking; their own government has said that Cambridge airport is not suitable for expansion.

"What on earth will the people of Cambridge make of this proposal?"

The government's 2003 Airports White Paper states that regional airports are there to serve regional as well as local needs, relieving congestion at the biggest airports like Stansted by accommodating no-frills operators such as Easy Jet.

But it also claims that serious noise constraints would prevent Cambridge airport from growing.

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