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Southend Council's Labour Group is calling on the Borough Council to firmly oppose plans recently floated by London's Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson to build a vast new airport in the Thames Estuary.
Labour Councillors have tabled a motion for February's council meeting calling for ‘total opposition' to the London Mayor's scheme.
Labour Group Leader Councillor David Norman said that the party thought it important that the council declares its opposition to the plans, as it would have a devastating environmental impact on Southend residents. David is supported by Kevin Bonavia, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East.
Kevin says: "We have to recognise that Boris Johnson is a highly influential figure in the Conservative Party and it is quite likely that his views would find favour were the Conservatives to return to power. The Conservatives in Parliament voted against further expansion at Heathrow and their transport spokesperson Theresa Villiers MP said that she did not rule out airport expansion elsewhere in the South East. Southend residents should therefore be warned that a Conservative government could well bring with it a Thames Estuary airport, with the disastrous consequences that would bring. As has already been said, Boris's plan is plane daft!"