Today, I have submitted my formal objection to the proposed expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA).
A number of my constituents in Leeds West have contacted me about the possible expansion and I have listened to their concerns, particularly about the environmental impact of the scheme.
I believe the proposed new terminal would significantly increase air and noise pollution in the area around the airport and undermine vital efforts to ensure that Leeds upholds its commitment to become a carbon neutral city by 2030.
There is also the risk that a potential increase in passengers from four million to seven million a year would exacerbate existing issues with traffic congestion and vehicle emissions.
With the ongoing climate emergency, we need to invest in alternative carbon-friendly modes of transport which cause less damage to our environment. Nationally, the Government needs to be doing far more to combat the climate emergency.
I have asked Leeds City Council to keep me informed about this application. If you want to have your say on the plans, you can submit your comments at: https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/on…/applicationDetails.do…