English airport plan threatens birds


The British Conservative government says they have no money for poor people … for sexually abused women … for workers’ pensions … etc.

They do have money for war in Afghanistan, Libya, etc.

They do have money for a luxurious yacht as a gift to the Queen from taxpayers’ money.

They also seem to have money for destroying wildlife.

From the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Britain:

Say NO to Mayor Boris’ estuary airport

Last modified: 18 January 2012

The RSPB has warned the Government against including a Thames Estuary airport in an upcoming consultation on the future of aviation.

The plan is nicknamed “Boris island”, after the Conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson

David Cameron is set to announce an official consultation which will include plans for an airport hub in the Estuary, a haven for hundreds of thousands of wildfowl and wading birds.

As well as destroying this vital habitat, experts believe an airport here would be at high risk of bird strike, with very serious flight-safety implications.

RSPB conservation director Martin Harper, said: “There is no economic argument for destroying a vital habitat for thousands of wetland birds. We would be horrified if this act of environmental vandalism goes ahead simply to suit a short-termist approach to the economic mess we are in.

“Concreting over our natural environment and pumping more carbon into our atmosphere is no way to grow a long term sustainable future of our country.

“The last Government produced a white paper which looked at this idea and it concluded that it would be bad for business, bad for wildlife and bad for air safety. This Government now risks wasting public money in order to reach the same conclusion.

“The Estuary is not a wasteland waiting to be developed for the benefit of London, it is a jewel in our natural crown and is only there as a result of years of campaigning from local residents and conservationists.

“George Osborne has already made it clear that he feels environmental regulation protecting our most valuable wildlife sites is a brake on business. Weakening those rules would give environmentally destructive proposals like this an easy ride. After facing huge public opposition in response to proposed forestry sell-offs and the reform of England’s planning system, is the Government ready for a third major public uproar?”

The RSPB’s calling on individuals to campaign with us by asking local MP’s for smart growth and by taking some of the simple steps to help support wildlife outlined in it’s online campaign, Stepping Up for Nature.

‘Boris island’ airport would cause European flight chaos, say airlines: here.

Environmentalists and Labour mayoral hopeful Ken Livingstone took turns to take pot shots today at Mayor Boris Johnson’s enthusiastic backing for a new Thames estuary airport: here. And here.

Providing alternative habitats for wildlife could cost up to £2bn if a proposed Thames Estuary airport is built, reports the BBC: here.

Thames estuary is internationally important for bird conservation: here.

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