Airport protesters take fight to Luton

PUBLISHED: 12:33 26 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:19 03 May 2010

SCORES of protesters are expected to descend on Luton Airport tomorrow (Friday) to deliver their objections to its expansion plans. The mass protest is being organised by residents of Kimpton who will be meeting in the village at 8.15am before driving to

SCORES of protesters are expected to descend on Luton Airport tomorrow (Friday) to deliver their objections to its expansion plans. The mass protest is being organised by residents of Kimpton who will be meeting in the village at 8.15am before driving to the airport to deliver their protests. Tomorrow is officially the last day for people to comment on the so-called Master Plan for the airport which envisages a longer new runway 960 metres south of the existing one which would be able to handle large jets. That would allow the airport to expand to cope with more than 30 million passengers by 2030 - or even by 2020 if other airports don't grow. Also included would be a giant new terminal covering 800 acres and the existing runway would be retained for "emergency use". The protest, which is expected to attract supporters from other areas including Harpenden and Redbourn, was announced at a packed village meeting in Kimpton two weeks ago. In addition the Kimpton Protection Group has organised a text-message petition through an independent company and anyone can simply text NO to 63344. The audited results will be passed to the Government. This week John Davis, spokesman for the Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (LADACAN), said that if the Luton Airport plan went ahead Harpenden would be turned into an industrial wasteland like the Hounslow area around Heathrow. He maintained that people who were unable to get their objections in before tomorrow's deadline could still send them to Hitchin and Harpenden MP Peter Lilley at his office at the House of Commons. This week members of SLAP - Stop Luton Airport - staged a protest outside Luton Town Hall where the council's cabinet was meeting. They played recordings of jumbo jets forcing the cabinet to move to another room.

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