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Pro-Thames Estuary airport campaigners send report to government

PUBLISHED: 11:13 07 December 2012

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, with some members of the DRINK Commission (from left) Neville Gaunt, chairman, Dai Liyanage, Treasurer, Clive Lawrence, Campaign Director, and Steve Jackman

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, with some members of the DRINK Commission (from left) Neville Gaunt, chairman, Dai Liyanage, Treasurer, Clive Lawrence, Campaign Director, and Steve Jackman

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Campaigners in north Kent supporting a Thames Estuary airport have produced a report they say answers every doubt about the proposals.

The research, compiled by DRINK (Demand Regeneration In North Kent), responds to 31 “top” objections to a hub airport, which the group say are not strong enough to kill off the plans.

While the report, It’s Our Future, backs an airport in the estuary for its job creation potential and economic benefits, it calls on the local community to fight for the best deal including ring-fenced affordable housing and jobs for local people and training for young people in airport-related trades.

Clive Lawrence, DRINK’s campaign director said: “We compiled all the main objections, interviewed all sides and found that there were answers to every doubt. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us. We should let nothing stand in its way.”

The report will be sent to the Howard Davies commission that will make recommendations on airport expansion in 2015.

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