Public speaking at Lydd Airport inquiry

Lydd Airport The public inquiry into the runway extension and new terminal building began in February

Related Stories

The inquiry into the expansion of Lydd Airport opened to the public to give their views on Tuesday.

Campaigners against the expansion say it will bring noise pollution and damage wildlife in one of the South East's most tranquil sites.

But business leaders back the plans, which they say will bring jobs to an area desperately needing regeneration.

So far 30 people have expressed a wish to speak at the two sessions which are open to the public.

The inquiry began in February, after the government overruled the council's decision in favour of construction of a runway extension of almost 300m (328yds) and a new terminal.

Those for the development include two groups of local businesses and the Channel Chamber of Commerce. Those against include the RSPB, Protect Kent and Natural England.

The RSPB said the Dungeness peninsula was one of the most important and sensitive wildlife habitats in the UK.

But Philip Carter, chairman of Shepway Economic Regeneration Partnership said: "You have to choose whether you are picking for the people and the jobs or the pebbles and the newts."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Kent

Weather

Canterbury

13 °C 9 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.