Saturday, January 30, 2010

Protecting the Airport

David Willetts MP, Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills, came to Cambridge last Saturday and heard from Nick Hillman about how important Marshall's airport and other businesses on that site are to Cambridge, as well as the disastrous traffic implications that would result from cramming over ten thousand homes onto the site.

Thank you to Mr Willetts for taking the time out to talk to Cambridge Conservatives - it just goes to show how we really need someone like Nick to represent Cambridge in parliament and who will stand up for Cambridge's interests at the heart of a possible new government. Conservatives were the first to raise the alarm over Marshall, a decade ago, and we still say it should stay.


Phil Rodgers said...

Hang on a minute. Isn't the Conservative County Council's policy in favour of building on the airport?

Chris Howell said...

The County's position can only be appreciated in the context of the policy framework they are operating.

The government sets ridiculous housing targets for the region, the County Council is the body responsible for the structure plan in our area that is legally obliged to find places to put the houses.

Your party, the Lib Dems, begged for Marshall's to be thrown off the airport to build housing, with all the transport chaos that would inevitably involve, and the County had to specify sites, so didn't really have much option.

It will be interesting to see how long plans to build housing on the airport survive if there is a Conservative government this year implementing its pledge to abolish all housing targets.

Frugal Dougal said...

If Marshall's goes and the site has houses built on it, the congestion will go way beyond Cambridge's boundaries - well done David Willetts and Nick Hillman!