14 January 2009
Stopping airport expansion
Rob Fisher

Environmentalists have bought some land in an effort to stop the expansion at Heathrow.  I think they are misguided: that airport expansion isn’t really a problem for the environment.  But I do think owners of land have a right to their property.  So if the government tries to use compulsory purchase to allow the expansion to go ahead, I will be on the side of the environmentalists.

Of course, I also think that anyone should be able to buy some land and build an airport on it.  Environmentalists would disagree with me and would say that it is okay for the government to decide what people can use their land for.  So if the government wanted to be really clever about this, perhaps it could just designate the plot of land as for air transport infrastructure use only, and then fine the owners for growing vegetables on it.


  1. Modern Movement has organised a demonstration in favour of more flights for all:

    Support Airport Expansion: Thursday 19 February, 17.30 -19.30 on Parliament Square, East Footway, London

    For more details, see:  http://www.modernmovement.org.uk/index.php

    “The extension of flying to millions of people has been a liberation. Most of us can now afford to go on holiday and welcome the cheapening of air travel allowing us to fly abroad. The development of aviation infrastructure is crucial to allow ever more people to fly.

    Join us in front of Parliament to argue for guilt-free travel, for ever-cheaper flights and for freedom of movement.”

    Posted by Maria on  17 February 2009 at 09:56 pm

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