Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless and David Amess MP, member for Southend West, welcomed environmental organisations and campaigners to Parliament yesterday to discuss the case against a new airport in the Thames Estuary region.
The event, which was held in the Palace of Westminster’s Jubilee Room, brought together representatives from organisations such as the RSPB, Kent Wildlife Trust, CPRE, Medway Council and Friends of North Kent Marshes to debate the issues surrounding the proposals. Guest speakers included Dr Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB and Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey.
The message coming out of the event was very clear: No Estuary Airport! Politically, environmentally and economically, the proposals presented for a new Thames Estuary airport are wrong for Kent and wrong for Britain.
Speaking after the event, Mark Reckless said:
“In fighting off these devastating airport proposals we are so incredibly lucky in Medway to have the support of the RSPB, an extraordinarily effective and powerful organisation, and such dedicated, consistent campaigners as George Crozer, Joan Darwell and Gill Moore of Friends of North Kent Marshes.
It was an honour to co-sponsor this event with David Amess MP, and I would like to thank everybody who spoke so passionately against these proposals. A Thames Estuary airport remains wrong for Kent and wrong for Britain.”