Biggin Hill Olympic decision date
PUBLISHED: 15:10 16 March 2011
Controversial plans to extend the opening hours of Biggin Hill Airport during the London 2012 Games will be decided upon this Monday.
Bromley council and executive will meet at the Civic Centre from 7pm to decide whether to approve the proposals which would see the airfield operating from 6.30am to until 10pm for a two-month period.
Many residents have rejected the plans, fearing accidents and noise pollution. They also doubt whether they would benefit from the £3 passenger tax to be paid to the council if the proposals are approved.
Speaking about his safety concerns, Biggin Hill resident and member of Bromley Residents Against Airport DevelopmentColin Cadman, said: “It is a bit like living with an unexploded bomb at the bottom of your garden.”
Biggin Hill’s tenant companies said the plans would provide an economic boost.
Commercial director of Avalon Aero, Michael Cotton, said: “ I feel that the relaxation of the airport operating times during the Olympics is essential, in this current climate, to maintain the local economy and support the locality.