Leader fumes at mayor Boris letter
10:41am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
THE leader of Thurrock Council has lashed out again at the Mayor of London after it was revealed at least 30,000 local residents would feel the impact if a new airport was built.
John Kent wrote to the mayor of London earlier this month expressing his concerns at the possible location of a lower Thames crossing and a new airport in the Thames Estuary.
Boris Johnson has now replied to Cllr Kent’s letter in which he claims the effects of a “hub airport to the east of London will be overwhelmingly positive”.
Cllr Kent fumed: “Mayor Johnson mentions a meeting in Tunbridge Wells where it emerged Transport for London admitted at least 30,000 Thurrock homes – about half of all homes in the borough – would be affected by noise from his new airport proposal.
“Quite how this would endear him to Thurrock people I’m not sure.”
Cllr Kent also criticised Mr Johnson’s comments on London Gateway, in which he said Option C for a new Thames Crossing would be of “great benefit” to the new superport.
He added: “I realise the London mayor is using the Thames airport bid and support for Option C for publicity reasons, but unfortunately it impacts adversely on Thurrock, Thurrock people and Thurrock business.
“We’re telling business Thurrock is the place to be. Mr Johnson says it’s the place to drive through or fly over.”
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