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Sinn Féin comment on City Airport inquiry

12 August, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

East Belfast Sinn Fein representative Niall Ó Donnghaile and South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey have welcomed yesterday’s stand taken by the Planning Appeals Commission which has halted the public inquiry into the proposed runway extension at George Best Belfast City Airport.

Alex Maskey MLA said,
“Sinn Féin have consistently backed calls by residents for a full public inquiry into the proposed runway extension at Belfast’s George Best City Airport. There are serious environmental, economic and social concerns around any planned extension to Belfast City Airport.

“However, the suggestion by the Planning Service that the airport could submit further information once the inquiry hearings were underway would have disadvantaged the various residents groups who have opposed the extension.”

East Belfast representative Niall Ó Donnghaile said,
“I would welcome the fact that this inquiry has been halted until the Department of the Environment obtains adequate data from the airport.

“Clearly, there are concerns about the noise pollution data submitted to date and this, coupled with the Planning Service’s suggestion that would have allowed the airport to submit information after the inquiry had began, would have destroyed the credibility of the inquiry.”


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