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Boss blasts airport plans

PUBLISHED: 17:23 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:51 23 August 2010

A PLAN for a new airport in North Kent would be a disaster in every way according to council leader Jeremy Kite. Dartford council s leader hit out at London Mayor Boris Johnson who has refused to rule out plans for a new airport in north Kent. Mr John

A PLAN for a new airport in North Kent would be a "disaster in every way" according to council leader Jeremy Kite.

Dartford council's leader hit out at London Mayor Boris Johnson who has refused to rule out plans for a new airport in north Kent.

Mr Johnson has already targeted Cliffe marshes, home to protected wildlife species, but Dartford and other parts of Gravesham are also on the agenda.

Mr Kite said: "I would oppose it with every bone in my body. It would have a catastrophic effect on the environment.

"The infrastructure would not be able to cope, the roads and rail system are struggling with the burden of extensive development.

"When Mr Johnson came to Dartford he would not rule out north Kent to me. I would urge him to do so. He said he would consult with us before coming to a decision and he hasn't done so. We are not a viable option. There are already planes overhead in stacking patterns bound for Stanstead. Boris has his reasons for not wanting to expand airports on his patch."

A spokesperson for the London Mayor said: "The Mayor is opposed to the expansion of Heathrow because of the impact on local people and the environment. In considering the alternative options, the Mayor believes we need an open mind, and a willingness to consider a range of ideas. A new airport in the east of London is something he is prepared to consider whilst bearing in mind the costs, practicalities and local sensitivities to the people of north Kent and elsewhere.

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