The hot topic for Eastleigh and indeed Hampshire is the refusal of E.L.A.C. (Eastleigh Local Area Committee) to pass the application to extend the runway at Southampton Airport.
I deplore this short sighted decision that, if rubber stamped by the Eastleigh Borough full council meeting, will have a detrimental effect on the future prosperity of not only Eastleigh, but also the neighbouring districts and the whole county.
With the prospect of Southampton becoming a ‘Freeport’, an airport with expanded capacity that would include additional destinations, would be beneficial to new and prospective businesses that would generate employment and wealth. Added to that, the prospect of additional tourism would also be a welcome bonus to Hampshire and the local economy.
We must sound a word of caution regarding the planning needed to enable such growth and prosperity to occur should the airport expansion be passed. Covid aside, in normal times, Eastleigh’s transport infrastructure experiences excessive amounts of traffic that has seen the town and immediate neighbourhoods and districts, gridlocked. Improved access by car, coach/bus and train travel to the airport should be a priority item for consideration.