Lydd Airport expansion plan - Shepway meeting delayed again - now it's set for next year

Contributed by editor on Sep 09, 2009 - 09:40 AM

The council meeting to determine plans to expand Lydd Airport will now be held early next year.

The meeting was due to be held on 24 September but Shepway District Council Chief Executive, Alistair Stewart, has agreed to change the date following a request from the airport’s new Managing Director, Jonathan Gordon.

“Mr Gordon took up the role of MD on 1 September. He asked me to defer the meeting to give him time to review all the paperwork involved in the two applications, including the airport’s response to concerns raised by the council in its published report,” said Mr Stewart.

“I appreciate his position and have agreed to re-schedule the meeting, which will now be held in late February or March. A date will be fixed when we have consulted everyone involved in the applications. However, I have made it clear that I am not prepared to change the date again. We must reach a position where these applications are finally determined.”

The meeting was originally due to be held on 9 July but was re-scheduled following a request from the lawyers acting for the owner of the airport to give all parties more time to consider the council’s report on the two applications – one for a new passenger terminal building and one for a runway extension.

© Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News 2009