It’s official, the Minister has decided not to call in the Airport Planning Application, so the decision of Southend’s Development Control Committee to approve stands. There will be i’s to dot and t’s to cross but basically it means that the runway can be extended once the road diversion is complete, all the extra noise and night flight conditions will then become effective and steadily over a number of years the number of flights and passengers will climb to the 2m max permitted.
Currently work is underway on the new station which will link the station to the City and recently work has also commenced on the new Control Tower. Already the works at the airport are putting £1m per month into the economy and the majority of that is within Southend and Essex. Local hotels and B & B’s benefit too as those workers that are not local stay over during the week.