Dubious benefits of second runway

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.


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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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