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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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Cliffe Airport

7 pm

With the consultation period on the future development of air transport in the south-east coming to an end in a couple of weeks on 30 June, it is appropriate that I present a petition against the Government's inappropriate proposal to build an airport at Cliffe, which is just across the Thames from Canvey Island and the rest of my constituency. The good people of Castle Point are deeply afraid of the damage that that proposal would do to them, so they have raised a petition in the following terms:

To the honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled:
The Humble Petition of concerned residents of South East Essex and surrounding areas, including Kate Mariapa, Cllr Dorothy Best and others sheweth
The Government's Cliffe Airport option, with its flight path over South Essex, operational 24 hours a day, would cause unacceptable damage to people's quality of life and to the environment.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House will urge the Government to rescind its Cliffe Airport option at the earliest possible moment.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.