It’s the pot calling the kettle black’

PUBLISHED: 15:46 21 June 2007 | UPDATED: 21:43 29 May 2010

I READ with some interest, and not without some amusement, your article Ecology Considered by Airport Inquiry on June 14 As a trained research ecologist, who specialised in woodland and wetland conservation, I find it inconceivable that Hatfield Forest

I READ with some interest, and not without some amusement, your article 'Ecology Considered by Airport Inquiry' on June 14

As a trained research ecologist, who specialised in woodland and wetland conservation, I find it inconceivable that Hatfield Forest is being used to front the case for the environment against Stansted's expansion.

This is particularly in view of harmful aircraft emissions. I don't know if you are aware but the car parking arrangements in the forest are such that they require visitors to drive through the forest to park at its centre.

The environmental damage of low level emissions, due to this peculiar arrangement, is far more damaging to Hatfield Forest than the airport expansion is ever likely to be.

This is particularly true on a Bank Holiday when the world and his wife and dog descend on the forest.

As my granny used to say, it's "the pot calling the kettle black".

I am sure if BAA's barrister, Michael Humphries QC, was aware of that little nugget, the case for the defence would have collapsed toot sweet.

Tim Harrison BSc, PGCE:FE, MSc (Environmental Management)

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