It’s actually pretty common to hear plans about the expansion of airports. It is also equally common to hear a lot of opposition to such plans.
And this is exactly what has been happening at Bristol Airport in recent times. The consultation to discuss what the pros and cons of such an expansion could be took place some three years ago. But even now more and more opinions are coming to the fore that illustrate how difficult – nigh impossible – it is to please everyone on this front.
But the problem this time with Bristol Airport seems to be more of a political one than anything else. At the time the story broke, the Conservatives were in charge of the relevant council concerned. But the party that had the biggest concerns over the expansion of the airport was the Liberal Democrats. And it would appear that while the Democrats were opposed to the expansion, their worries were not properly listened to. There are distinct pros and cons being put forward elsewhere too, by those who have interests in either seeing the plans go ahead, or seeing them shut down.
Whatever views you may have personally about the future of Bristol Airport, there is no doubt that in current times there would be advantages to the expansion. Extra services mean extra staff would no doubt be required. This would be good news in a climate where things are still very uncertain. Local jobs are always good news too, so it would directly benefit those who live in Bristol.
But of course expansion plans aren’t put into place immediately. They are discussed and planned several years in advance. So even if such an expansion would create new jobs in the Bristol area, they will be a long time coming. Those who say that it would help in the current economic climate might be looking too far ahead for the timing to really work out.
But the disadvantages are equally problematic. For example, additional flights leaving Bristol Airport would mean extra noise and extra pollution for those living directly underneath the flight path and beyond. But then others say if Bristol didn’t allow the extra flights, other airports would take them instead. It would make no difference overall and it would actually lead to other areas benefiting to the detriment of Bristol.
As you can see, there is no easy answer here. No matter what the final decision is, it is certain that several sectors of the community will be unhappy. It is merely a question of which ones.
There is no big surprise then that there has been news stories which have pointed to the arguments of various different people. It is usually spokespersons for various groups and politicians that have had their views heard though. We wonder what the locals who will be directly affected have to say about all this.
In the end, in several years from now Bristol Airport is likely to expand. The question is what effects it will have.