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Relocating wildlife will cost billions if Thames airport goes ahead

11/07/2014 08:08:15 news/2010_jan/isle_of_grains

Providing alternative habitats for wildlife could cost up to £2bn if a proposed Thames Estuary airport is built, reports the BBC.

London Mayor Boris Johnson proposed that an airport should be built on the Isle of Grain, the easternmost point of the Hoo Peninsula in Medway in Kent.

However a report published by the government's  Airports Commission said it would "radically and irreversibly" change the landscape, which is "noted for its remoteness".

The report said: "An airport would need to demonstrate that there are no feasible alternatives. A large area of compensation habitat creation would be required and this would be on a scale unprecedented for any single development in Europe."

No longer an island, the isle is almost all 
marshland and the Grain marshes are a major habitat for diverse wetland birds.

Green London Assembly member Darren Johnson said: “The Airports Commission has confirmed what a costly environmental disaster the Mayor’s Thames Estuary Airport represents. The Mayor needs to abandon this ill-conceived project.”

The report is the first of four due to be published looking into different aspects of the feasibility of a Thames Estuary airport.

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