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I have been told that work is to commence on the new passenger walkway next month. The work involves moving the airside road and apron lighting.
I drove past the airport earlier today. The airport is looking very much like a building site at the moment which is good to see. It should only be a few weeks until a decision is made by Leeds City Council about the proposed terminal extension. I'm sure permission will be granted. Lets just hope that the 'swampies' don't get in the way of things and dampen our spirits. No doubt groups such as Plane Stupid will start getting involved once the contractors start moving in.
I am sure security or the Police will have fun unchaining them from the gates!!!!
I'm not fat, I'm big boned..so screw you guys...you will respect my authority...or I'm going home!!!!
Shouldn't they be called 'Plain Stupid' rather than 'Plane Stupid' - because that is exactly what they are. At least there are no trees around the terminal for them to sit in!
That'll do nicely (what was the tv advert that used that 'catchphrase' a few years ago?).
On a serious note, some of the actions these 'environmental warriors' get up to are often inherently more dangerous than the matters subject of their protest.
Whilst the majority of environmentalists are motivated from genuine (though frequently misguided) desires to rid society of what they see as unwanted developments, there is a minority (probably those who attach themselves to many protests) who will go far beyond democratic means of registering protest.
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I learnt today that this project has been cancelled at the last minute. It is still unclear why the project has been cancelled. Preparations were already underway to facilitate the building of the new walkway which included hoardings and portacabins. I just hope this doesn't have any wider implications on the proposed terminal development.
It is a strange thing to cancal, as compared to the rest, the cost will be low. At the Consultative Committee, there was a lot of criticism about passengers having to face the elements whilst walking to the terminal, but also from the terminal to the aircraft, especially when the distance doesn't warrant one of the buses. Perhaps though, the bus top style shelter running along the side of the apron, which is in an elevated position, didn't go down too well with the planners. Certainly, it would not have looked too good. If they are going to do something like this, it would be better to do it properly, building something that doesn't look too ugly, or like a temporary solution.
Some good news about runway works. I have been informed that work to the runway will commence from tomorrow and is expected to take around 7 weeks to complete. The equipment taken into the airside area today looks to be heavy gear so it would appear that the work will be more substantial than that carried out on previous occasions.
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