It's no wonder that people are confused
REGARDING Mike Welchman's letter (Your Say, October 15). My late father worked on the building of both Heathrow and Gatwick and could vouchsafe those sites were deliberately chosen for their remoteness. Just after the war, Croydon had a small vocal residents' group with big houses near the airport, followed by a lot of local authority-housed residents who also didn't want an airport reopening to commercial flying.
As for me I'm not anti-airport per se, but, as a resident of North Plymouth, I simply ask why a residential area like ours is still considered by some as the right place to house an airport. And, as a council taxpayer, I query whether public money ought to be in the equation at all for a non-essential service. As I'm also an income taxpayer, I jib at the idea of providing landing areas for Derriford or the RAF, as I've paid towards both services once, and have no wish to do so twice.
I'd very much like to hear something more definite from Viable. Perhaps the problem is their representatives and supporters don't seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet about which passenger group they are targeting, nor which London landing spaces they seek, nor even whether they want the leasehold, the freehold or both. Is it any wonder people ask what's going on?
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