Dubious benefits of second runway

PUBLISHED: 11:48 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 07:03 30 May 2010

Regarding the article in the Broadcast dated July 24, Inquiry to see runway plans , and Roger Pellman, BAA s G2 project director comment of: There are huge social and economic benefits to be enjoyed from the development of a second runway. The social

Regarding the article in the Broadcast dated July 24, 'Inquiry to see runway plans', and Roger Pellman, BAA's G2 project director' comment of: "There are huge social and economic benefits to be enjoyed from the development of a second runway."

The social and economic benefits are very debatable, as was demonstrated at the G1 public enquiry.

Also since that enquiry, three trans-Atlantic routes have been axed, Ryanair has announced a reduction in aircraft movement and so has easyJet.

Perhaps Mr Pellman might wish to comment on what enjoyment will be had by people living in close proximity to the airport.

They have to endure noise, pollution and the devastating effect a second runway will have on the surrounding countryside.

John Lewis, Duton Hill

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