Airport campaigners say nuclear dump plan will dent Lydd expansion
PROPOSALS for a nuclear waste disposal facility on Romney Marsh will dent Lydd Airport's proposed expansion plans as the area could be "more vulnerable" to terrorist attack, opponents have argued.
Louise Barton, of Lydd Airport Action Group, questioned how the airport could build a new terminal and extend its runway at a time when the area could be accommodating an extra nuclear facility.
Nuclear safety was a key topic at the seven-month public inquiry into Lydd Airport's proposed expansion last year, at which critics of the plans argued that a bigger airport was unsuitable next to the power station.
Nuclear expert John Large, who spoke against the airport at the public inquiry, told the Herald this week: "It adds to the nuclear hazards on the Marsh and the airport crash risk, and you've got to look at the increased vulnerability to a terrorist attack.
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"It is nonsense. That they're even thinking about building this on the Marsh is astonishing, it's famous for its sheep."
Shepway District Council chief executive Alistair Stewart denied the plans would have an impact on the airport's planning application.
Although Shepway MP Damian Collins agreed that the airport's case was a completely separate matter, he described the plans for a disposal facility as "completely wrong".
He said: "We'd be selling ourselves short, the Marsh could do much better than this.
"My big fear is that this would put people off the Marsh. Would people want to live here? Would businesses want to open here? I think it could really put them off."
See Damian Collins MP – page 21