On 18th Sept I posted a piece which mention LibDem backed airport expansion around the country. I was accursed by someone called David Cox (a former Lib Dem County Councillor in Devon) of lying about LibDem backing for Exeter Airport expansion.
Ignoring the fact the he didn't understand the difference between actively trying to deceive people and making an incorrect statement by accident, I thought I would check out his claims that the LibDems were not backing the expansion of Exeter Airport.
Exeter Airport is in Tory run East Devon District Council rather than the City Council, and they have the primary decision making power for the expansion plan. However...
On Tuesday 16th September 2008, Exeter City Council Executive Committee attended by Councillor Fullam (Chair) (Lib Dem) Councillors S Brock (Lib Dem), Edwards (Lab), R M Hannaford (Lib Dem), Mrs Henson (Con), Mitchell (Lib Dem), Mrs Morrish (Lib) and Wadham (Lib Dem) - 5 LibDems, 3 others - supported "the draft Exeter Airport Master Plan in principle subject to the comments in section 3 of the report with an amendment to paragraph 3.8 to request the immediate installation of real time noise monitoring equipment.".
The Exeter Airport Master Plan sets out the need to expand Exeter Airport! More here from the Western Morning News.
Actually it is worse than that. Devon County Council owned Exeter airport until it sold it in 2006. The Master Plan went first to the Scrutiny Committe and then to the Executive Committee on 2nd Sep 2008 of the County Council while it was still under Lib Dem control. These are a couple of extracts from the approved response to the Plan: "The County Council is pleased to see the expansion of terminal facilities at Exeter, together with the provision of additional aircraft stands, which will together support the operation of additional flights to more destinations." and hysterically: "The County Council would like to see a better performance, by the Airport and its clients, in terms of waste management, recycling and its overall "green performance"
Former Cllr Cox claimed the comments by Maidstone Lib Dems were opinions, rather than lies, in my response to their suggestion that councils up and down the country are backing green policies. I think you can judge for yourself.
Anyway enough of Devon, I will be back to campaigning in Maidstone tomorrow morning where the Greens are in the running to win our first seat in Maidstone.