...from Hasty Lane resident Holly Johnson.
My name is Holly Johnson, and I am writing to inform you that Labour has lost mine, my family and my friends vote in the next General Election and Local Election. The reason for this is simple. Yesterday five Labour Councillors approved plans by Manchester Airport to demolish my family home and my neighbour’s home. Manchester Airport proposed plans to build one air freight transit unit and a four lane dual carriageway, which would be built over the top of mine and my neighbour’s houses. I feel that these Councillors have not given enough thought to the devastating loss that mine and my neighbour’s family will suffer, due to the unnecessary demolition of our family homes. The split which was on party lines with 5 Labour members voting in favour, and all 4 Liberal Democrats against. Several Labour members abstained or left the chamber for the vote. By a majority of one, the decision to leave two families homeless was made.
The Labour members who voted for approval, in my opinion, were certainly not voting from an independent or informed viewpoint, they were voting purely on the basis of the Labour hierarchy’s instructions. My local MP, Paul Goggins, has objected, along with other MPs, MEPs, Councillors from all mainstream parties and over 1000 signatures have been collected from across the UK. I think this exposes the Manchester Labour party as the personal thiefdom of Richard Leese, and all those Councillors with an independent viewpoint i.e. the local Wythenshawe Area Committee who voted unanimously to reject this proposal at an earlier convened meeting, were subsequently ignored and therefore the people of Wythenshawe including myself were denied their democratic rights and in my opinion local and grassroots decisions obviously mean nothing to the Labour Party.
Since then, however, the recession has hit the Airport hard, and it has had 18 consecutive months of declining freight tonnage. Indeed, the worst month this year saw only 6'800 tonnes of freight moving through the airport. This air freight unit will nearly double air freight capacity at Manchester Airport and it clearly isn’t needed. As air freight is still in ‘negative growth’ and has been since May 2008, how long, if ever, will it take Manchester Airport to recover to 2007 levels? If airlines went beyond their allocated limit, they could purchase carbon credits through the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
Long term, the UK has set a goal of not exceeding 2005 mission levels, regardless of the ETS, meaning that airlines would eventually be prevented from purchasing credits that would exceed their allocation. Even if air freight made a strong recovery, it would need to be kept at 2005 levels by 2050, unless airlines purchase highly expensive credits. Even this is not sustainable, as extra credits will become prohibitively expensive, and eventually prohibited by law. How can the airport justify doubling the 2007 capacity when they know they won’t even be able to sustain a recovery beyond the 2005 levels?
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