Following the release of the report by the Airports Commission announcing they will not be proceeding with the Isle of Grain airport, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has today (2nd September 2014) claimed that the millions of pounds of taxpayers money that has been spent on the project to date would have been better spent investing in transport infrastructure in the North East.
Last month London Mayor Boris Johnson signed off an extra £2 million worth of expenditure on lobbying for his fantasy plans, bringing the total bill to over £5 million.
Tom Blenkinsop MP said:
“It’s a travesty that such a large amount of public money has been wasted on Boris Johnson’s fantasy island. The back of a fag packet idea was never going to work and has been rejected in one form or another for the past 40 years. The report released today will hopefully be the final nail in the coffin for Boris’ plans.
“It is maddening to think that the vanity project has cost taxpayers a fortune whilst North East transport infrastructure crumbles and we have an airport that stands almost idle. Investing that money here would’ve gone a long way to improving and developing what little we have in our area.”