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What Mr Byers said about the need for more flights . . . according to Friends of the Earth

Posted by davidburbage on January 15, 2009

In November 2001, having sat on the Inspector Vandermeer’s report for almost a year, the Government announces its decision on T5 and releases the inspector’s report. The inspector says that a third runway could have “unacceptable environmental consequences”. He recommends a cap on the number of flights at 480,000 a year in order to prevent the need for a third runway.

The then minister, Stephen Byers, MP, accepts the cap on flights but refuses to rule out a third runway: ” … the third runway will be considered in the context of both the SE of England study and the Aviation White Paper which we shall publish next year.”

So now, Mr Byers says the cap of flights is acceptable.

Friends of the Earth points out that these two stances are inconsistent. If the cap of 480,000 flights a year is to remain, a third runway is not needed. FOE therefore concludes that the Government is already planning to renege on this cap – one of very few meaningful conditions set when granting permission for T5.

And so it was, that the cap on flights became unacceptable. And, the emissions targets too.


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