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Letter: City will suffer without airport.

Byline: M T Hancock

WHILE understanding Name and Address Supplied's comments against the expansion of Coventry Airport (Your Say, October 11), I feel he/she should consider the implications of the refusal to allow the new terminal.

Birmingham Airport wants to greatly expand its runway; this would entail encroaching even further into the greenbelt between Coventry and Brum.

If Coventry cannot expand, Birmingham's claim would be strengthened. Such expansion would almost certainly be followed by more Birmingham urbanisation, possibly eventually realising Brum's dream of incorporating Coventry into a greater Birmingham.

He/she wants a cleaner Coventry; so do most of us.

There are two bad carbon footprints which could easily be reduced. The students at Coventry University troop across Jordan Well and Cox Street in seemingly endless throngs, causing a lot of vehicles to wait while pumping out noxious gases.

These pedestrian crossings should be push button controlled to give motorists (and the beloved buses) a chance to move.

The other culprit is Coventry City Council, which has traffic lights that cause unnecessary hold-ups. The idea of a pedestrian phase is good but this again should be push button controlled, not automatic, even when there are no pedestrians present.

M T Hancock, Sewall Highway, Wyken.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 30, 2008
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