London mayor repeatedly snubbed Kent’s leaders over ‘Boris Island’ airport
13.1.2010 (Kent Online)
for an island airport with leaders in Kent, according to letters obtained by the
the Mayor of London reveal how the two have squared up over the scheme and how
Boris Johnson fobbed off a succession of pleas to discuss it despite its potentially
huge impact for Kent.
plan in the run-up to the county council election. He feared it could damage the
Conservative party’s prospects.
local election in Kent last year, saying: “I believe such plans coming from a
senior Conservative figure could damage our cause locally…” This fear proved
pressed the shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers to broker a meeting.
Even that failed.
in May 2008.
of big issues that need to be chewed over” and outlined his opposition to Boris
Island. In it, he said: “The need for a fourth London airport is, I’m afraid,
a subject we will have to disagree on”.
sending the Mayor a dossier of papers and reports which he said amounted “to a
very strong argument against a Thames Estuary airport.”
was prompted to write after Mr Johnson came to Kent for a fact-finding boat trip
to visit the site and confirmed his support for the estuary airport.
may have told you that I was not desperately impressed by your boat trip last
Friday which has seriously upset residents from the Medway Towns to Ramsgate.”
and visit us at the chalk face.”
you say, I think we are going to have to disagree about the merits of an airport
in the Thames estuary” but adding in a hand-written note: “I am sure we are in
basic agreementâ€¦Manston could play a vital role in the eventual solution.”
to shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers, saying: “I have been trying with
little success to get Boris Johnson to Manston. If we could try to arrange a joint
meeting, it would be really beneficial for all.”
to visit Manston, Cllr Carter wrote again suggesting a meeting.
Carter – but only after a meeting with his deputy mayor Ian Clement had taken
The Mayor has been equally reluctant to respond to similar requests for meetings.
He has also snubbed Medway council leader Cllr Rodney Chambers (Con) after he
wrote asking the Mayor to discuss the scheme directly.
Wednesday, January 13 2010