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COMMENT: Don't dismiss airport plans as pie in the sky schemes
9:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
YOU wait years and years for an airport, and then two plans come along at once.
The people of rural south Oxfordshire are probably scratching their heads this morning as they digest the news that another group wants to get the bulldozers out to build runways in their area.
Many people seem to think these schemes are ludicrous long-shots.
But we should be careful.
Groups are piling in to grab a slice of the pie in a bidding war that will see the Government make a decision on where new airports are needed to increase capacity. And that means everyone with an iota of knowledge about how to build an airport is coming out of the woodwork.
Pardon the pun, but most of the blueprints will not achieve lift-off.
Yet only a small circle of Government boffins at the Airports Commission actually know which schemes will get investigated fully when a shortlist is drawn up in December.
So while many may chuckle with incredulity at the thought of picturesque West and East Hanney being flattened, they would do well to hold fast.
If the commission decided either of the airport plans that have been lodged for Oxfordshire are viable, people will sit up and notice. No-one wants thousands of planes roaring over their heads.
And while these schemes might never see the light of day, we should look at them seriously – and think about the impact they would have on our county.
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