I may have a reasonable compromise to put most people’s minds at rest regarding Southend airport.

It seems a major stumbling block is Stobarts chief executive said buying the airport meant it had got an operating base in the South.

The airport manager for Stobarts says it’s not actually what he meant. He went on to say the airport is going to be a regional passenger airport and it will be handling very small amounts of freight.

So the solution is simple.

All that is needed is a statement from the highest level of Stobarts assuring us all there will be insignificant amounts of air, road and rail freight emanating from the airport, together with giving up, say 95 per cent of its obviously unneeded night flight options, and get on with developing and running the new passenger airport.

Richard Barber
Oak Road