Southampton Airport runway extension plans approved by Eastleigh Council

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Southampton Airport runway extension plans approved by Eastleigh Council

Southampton Airport runway extension plans approved by Eastleigh Council
2021-04-10 11:40:00
Eastleigh Borough Council has voted (finally at 2.15am!) to agree to allow Southampton Airport to extend its runway by 164 metres. This will lead to larger planes using the airport, and thus flights to more distant destinations, more passengers and higher carbon emissions. 22 councillors voted in favour of the proposals; 13 councillors voted against the plans and 1 abstained.This followed 19 hours of debate. Opponents have fought against the plans not only due to the carbon emissions, but also the extra noise for surrounding areas, and air pollution.  The standard justification for these expansions are local economic benefit, and more jobs – even though the net impact is to encourage more local people to fly abroad on holiday, spending their holiday money there.  It is likely that the number of people affected by noise would go from 11,450 in 2020 to 46,050 in 2033, if the expansion happens.  Officers hoped that increased home noise insulation would help, but that has no impact if windows are open, or when outdoors. There are claims of “1,000 new jobs” – based on experience at other airports, that is very unlikely indeed. The CCC advice is that there should be no net airport expansion; so if one expands, another should contract.  Likely? .Tweet     Southampton Airport runway plans approved after three days of debate By Maria Zaccaro @MariaDailyEcho   (Southampton Daily Echo) 10.4.2021 AFTER 19 hours of deliberations plans to expand the runway at Southampton Airport have been given the green light. Twenty-two councillors voted in favour of the proposals to expand the runway by 164m. Thirteen councillors voted against the plans and one abstained. It comes as all councillors at Eastleigh Borough Council spent 19 hours debating the proposals and listening to both sides of the argument. Over the past two days hundreds of people watched the online debate over the plans that have literally divided public opinion. On the one hand, campaigners and some residents called for the plans to be refused on the grounds of climate change, noise and pollution. The longer runway will mean bigger, noisier planes approaching the airport from the north over villages such as Colden Common and Twyford. On the other hand, residents and the local business community asked for the plans to be approved saying the move would boost the local economy and create new jobs. Several residents and councillors raised concerns over the impact the runway extension would have on noise and climate change. It comes as it was previously revealed that the number of people affected by noise would go from 11,450 in 2020 to 46,050 in 2033, if the expansion went ahead. But officers said the mitigation measures proposed – including insulation and a cap on vehicles to restrict passengers to 3m per annum  (the airport had 1.78 million passengers in 2019) – would result in a “moderate adverse impact”. In the 19-hour long debate councillors were also told that the expansion would create more than 1,000 jobs, boost the local economy and result in a £15m investment. More than 200 people had registered to speak at the meeting and made their point perfectly clear. Tonight several councillors acknowledged they were faced with a difficult decision. Cllr Margaret Atkinson, leader of

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