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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

Government vetoes Boris Island

5th August 2010
Government vetoes Boris Island

THE Coalition Government has confirmed that Boris Island is a non starter. The proposal by the London Mayor to build an airport in the Thames Estuary has been blown out of the water by a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, to Kent MPs.

Mr Hammond was quite unambiguous when he stated that the Government has no plans to build any new airports in the South East of England.

He went on to emphasise that the Government’s policies were firmly focussed on improving existing airports, making the country’s airports better, not bigger!

Local MP, Gordon Henderson, welcomed the announcement by Mr Hammond and said:
 
“I know that Boris is still burbling on about building an airport in the Thames Estuary, but quite frankly his idea is bonkers.

“His continuing fixation with promoting the idea of an island airport is all about building up support in West London for his mayoral re-election campaign.

“Personally, I think Boris will come a cropper if he is not careful, because people will start to question how much of London’s council tax revenue is being wasted on this pipedream!

“When will he get into his head that his idea is never going to see the light of day? The Government is opposed to his plans, Kent County Council is opposed, all the neighbouring local authorities are opposed, all the local MPs are opposed and the environmental groups are opposed.

“Come on Boris, it is time to realise that the parrot really is dead!”

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