Sunday, 7 December 2008
FIGHT BELFAST CITY AIRPORT'S RUNWAY EXTENSION
George Best Belfast City Airport have applied for planning permission to extend their runway by 590m.
The QUB GREENS, Green Party, including Green Party MLA Brian Wilson, along with a number of residents' groups are opposing this extension and are calling for a public enquiry because of these factors;
i. Noise Pollution - residents close to the airport and under the flight path have been experiencing annoyance from ever increasing noise levels.
ii. Poor Economics - the aviation industry is in decline, there is no increase in demand to necessitate this extension.
iii. Air Quality - the airport intends to expand it's operations to service more long distance flights, meaning bigger jets with more fuel and more pollution and a greater impact on health of those in the area.
iv. Wildlife - the airport is culling birds in Victoria Park and has requested that trees be cut down though so far this has been resisted.
v. Safety - the is an EU designated City airport and due to its proximity to residential housing should not be restricted to small planes for domestic flights.
The QUB Greens sent a delegation to the public meeting on 8th December to show their support to the community groups leading the campaign against the proposed runway extension. The QUB Greens delclared their full support to the Belfast City Airport Watch Campaigners and are planning to actively support the campaign on campus.
Photo on right shows Mark McCormick of the QUB Greens looking over the planning application for the proposed runway extension with Fiona McKinley of the Belfast City Airport Watch.
See http://www.belfastcityairportwatch.co.uk/ for more info.