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Motion to Liverpool City Council says its funding of the airport is not consistent with its climate aims
2022-01-21 11:29:00
In a motion to the Labour-led Liverpool City Council, Green member Anna Key said supporting Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) was not in line with the authority’s climate emergency declaration in 2019.  For the Liverpool council to keep funding the city’s airport is “incompatible” with its effort to fight climate change, and become “carbon neutral” by 2030.  The motion will go before a full council meeting on 26 January.  Liverpool City Council has a 10% stake in the airport.  Anna also called for opposition to LJLA’s “potential future expansion” plans.  The plans for expansion would mean an increased number of flights, as well as destruction of valuable green space adjacent to the airport. There would also be more passenger and freight road traffic, causing air pollution and carbon emissions.  Anna Kay said the council should stop supporting the airport financially. Her motion also calls on the council to get planners to undertake an urgent evidence-based review of all policies relating to green space, environment and green belt. There is a 38 Degrees petition to two councils, to protect the Oglet shore area from airport development. .Tweet   Liverpool Council funding airport at odds with climate aims, councillor says 20.1.2022 (BBC) Liverpool’s council must stop funding the city’s airport because doing so is “incompatible” with its effort to fight climate change, a councillor has said. In a motion to the Labour-led council, Green member Anna Key said supporting Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) was not in line with the authority’s climate emergency declaration in 2019. She also called for opposition to LJLA’s “potential future expansion”. An airport spokesman said it had its own plans to be carbon neutral by 2040. [Joke !] Liverpool City Council said it had a 10% stake in LJLA. The Local Democracy Reporting Service said that in her motion, St Michael’s ward councillor Ms Key stated that since 2019 the authority had “begun to develop policies which seek to address the negative impacts of climate change on the city” and aimed to be carbon neutral by 2030. She said LJLA’s plan to expand its business by 2050 included a number of “consequences”, such as an increased number of flights, reduced green space and a new road to carry freight and passenger traffic, which were “incompatible with these aims and should be opposed”. Airport looks to build solar farm next to runway As a result, Ms Key said councillors should request that Mayor Joanne Anderson and the cabinet “remove all financial support” from LJLA and set out “the council’s opposition to its masterplan, which sets out the proposals for potential future expansion”. The motion also calls on the council to get planners to “undertake an urgent evidence-based review of all policies relating to green space and the environment… to ensure sufficient policy protections for green belt land are set”. The motion will go before a full council meeting on 26 January. An LJLA spokesman has previously said that while the timescale for its expansion plans were “likely to slip” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, they remained “valid”. He said the airport “naturally recognises its wider environmental responsibilities” and had its own plans to reach net carbon zero by 2040, which include the installation of a solar farm to generate about a quarter of LJLA’s annual energy needs. [When airports talk about becoming carbon neutral, they conveniently ignore the flights that their airport facilitates. Those flights make up maybe 90% or more of the airport’s carbon – so ignoring them means the airport’s protestations about being net zero carbon are almost meaningless. AW comment]  The airport was also “working with airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers and others” to create “a roadmap for the wider aviation industry to be carbon neutral by 2050”, he added. [That means almost nothing. AW comment] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-60057119 . Call for John Lennon Airport to lose council funding Concerns raised over environmental impact of possible expansion 19.1.2022  (Liverpool echo) A call has been made for Liverpool Council to strip funding from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. In a motion to go before the city’s full council next week, members will be asked to consider backing a plan to ask Mayor Joanne Anderson and her cabinet to cease the authority’s financial support for Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA). The motion, put forward by Green Cllr Anna Key to be debated on Wednesday, makes reference to LJLA’s Airport Master Plan to expand the business by 2050. Cllr Key’s motion states that the plan includes a number of “consequences” including a larger footprint for airport buildings and related infrastructure including an enlarged car park and a potential runway extension; increased number of flights; reduced green space, including the removal of the Green Belt status of land adjacent to the airport, and a major new road to carry freight and passenger traffic. The St Michaels ward member’s motion calls on councillors to note that the authority has developed policies addressing the “negative impact on climate chang

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