Good 'support' for airport proposal

PUBLISHED: 13:11 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7: AIRPORT bosses have hailed the public consultation exercise in Exmouth as a great success. A display of the airport's expansion plans to 2030 has been on show in the foyer of the Pavilion - and following the end of the public consultation period (Septembe

AIRPORT bosses have hailed the public consultation exercise in Exmouth as a great success.A display of the airport's expansion plans to 2030 has been on show in the foyer of the Pavilion - and following the end of the public consultation period (September 30) they will now be sifting through the responses.The draft document presented at the Pavilion is in response to Government requirements for all airports in Britain to give a forecast of where they will be in 18 years' time, 2030.Stephen Ayres, communications manager for Exeter International, said: "There has been a great deal of interest from people in Exmouth as hundreds looked at our display as they went into various shows and events being held at the Pavilion."It was a wonderful exercise and we thank the Exmouth Pavilion for allowing us to put on our display."He acknowledged that there is a perception among the public that large organisations ignore public opinion - and he said they were determined to listen to the views and ideas of the public, and bring them on board."We are now sifting through more than 120 responses. We will be looking very carefully at the feedback from councils, parishes, local authorities, chambers of trade, businesses and the general public," he said. "But I have to say at this point, it looks like an overwhelming response in support of our plans. "This is just a consultation document, and after we have looked at the results we will be fine tuning the ideas in preparation of the master plan, which we hope will be issued later this year.

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