I have just received two letters from the environment agency to Kent International Airport obtained under the environmental information requests legislation click here and here to read them.
They make it very clear that the surface drainage for the airport is a very dangerous mess with some hard standing areas draining into soakaways very close to where our drinking water is being pumped out of the ground.
There are dangerous and unsuitable fuel storage facilities right on top of our water supply.
I don’t really think it matters that much if you are for or against the airport expansion the real question is; is it worth the risk of using the airport now before these problems have been made safe?
It is quite obvious that so far the airport has been developed wrongly and dangerously and that the understanding of the people working there of the risks to the water supply is inadequate.
Make no mistake here because of previous pollution incidents much of our underground water supply is unusable and the airport sits in the middle of what we have left.
Another factor mentioned is that the foul sewage capacity has been reached something that could be very expensive to put right.
I am beginning to wonder if the airport operator is trying to avoid expense and just go on as long a they can without spending the money necessary to put things right, it would seem likely that when they are forced to conform to even the most basic of safety requirements they will probably walk away from what appears to be an unprofitable enterprise.