Much needed local employment was created

PUBLISHED: 07:32 18 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 May 2010

WHEN I was growing up in the area in the 1950s and 60s near Lulsgate Airport (real locals never refer to it as Bristol) it was inevitable expansion was needed to cope with the increasing demand for air travel. More airline companies moved in, much needed

WHEN I was growing up in the area in the 1950s and 60s near Lulsgate Airport (real locals never refer to it as Bristol) it was inevitable expansion was needed to cope with the increasing demand for air travel. More airline companies moved in, much needed local employment was created, and the need for passengers having to travel to Cardiff or London to catch flights gradually diminished.One regional newspaper is now carrying a double page anti-airport expansion spread asking readers to lobby North Somerset Council with their objections, and I have recently received a leaflet through my letterbox asking for my support in opposing any future airport expansion and scaremongering people into believing that it will become another Luton. This is a typical blinkered approach that prevents growth and investment throughout the country.Furthermore, the old pollution argument does not actually stand up to the facts. If the anti-airport lobby took time to do their homework they would discover that over 45 per cent of greenhouse gasses are in fact produced by home and office buildings. With regard to the objections raised on the grounds of increased noise and traffic, those residents who live close to the airport or along the flight paths were always aware of the airport's existence and must have their heads buried in the sand if they believe that increased demand on passenger air traffic was never going to affect Lulsgate Airport.I would say to these people if you don't like it then move on. And let those who want to see the airport flourish get on with supporting these worthy expansion proposals.BOB POUNTNEYClaverham Road, Yatton

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