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Estuary airport could destroy Southend's foreshore, claim councillors
1:30pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
AN ESTUARY airport could worsen already significant erosion of Southend’s foreshore.
The Environment Agency, Southend Council and Natural England are already investigating whether the digging of a channel down the Thames to the London Gateway super port being built at Stanford-le-Hope is eroding mud, which provides habitat for wildlife and supports the fishing industry.
But councillors have warned seven times as much mud would have to be lifted for Lord Norman Foster’s proposed four-runway airport on the Isle of Grain, Kent.
Councillor Peter Wexham, a retired fisherman, said: “The new docks down the river are about a seventh of the area of the Foster airport. The amount of land raising you would have to do would be astronomical.
“The docks will take 31million cubic metres of dredging from the estuary. The airport would be seven, eight, 10 times that.”
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