Plans forÂ a Thames Estuary airport by
Ongoing proposals which include building a floating airport near the Isle of Sheppey produced a cross-party agreement at a Medway Council (council) meeting on Thursday 13th November.
The 24 hour airport, which would be built on an artificial island home to four runways with a possible expansion to six airstrips, would signal the end of the Tory governmentâ€™s need for a third runway at Heathrow.
But rival party members are intent on defending
MPs had campaigned successfully to end the
Although with successive transport projectsÂ including the Eurostar high-speed Ebbsfleet International rail link near
And despite the mayorâ€™s green travel ideas, former conservative councillor for Medway, John Ward, who stepped down from his post in March 2008, believes there are better alternatives to the Thames Estuary plan.
Mr Ward said: â€œI was very pleased by the united response to my question from the council.
â€œAnother alternative is a rapid rail link â€“ from
However MPs are unlikely to see the mayor alter his plans, after it was confirmed that engineer, Douglas Oakervee, who developed the successful offshore
Although, the deadline for Mr Oakervee and Mr Johnsonâ€™s conclusionsÂ on whether the airport's completion, which could cost up to Â£40bn according to The Independent, is yet to be confirmed.
If built, the Sheppey airport would accompany Manston as
Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP, Derek Wyatt (Lab), said the mayor should look at better solutions.
Mr Wyatt told the Kent Messenger: "It is political posturing to get the Conservatives off the hook while they oppose expansion at Heathrow.
"The only solution is the expansionÂ of Stansted,Â Heathrow and Gatwick. The Heathrow expansion would cost Â£13billion; Boris' plan would cost an estimated Â£50 million."
The Isle of Sheppey is famous for the shipwreck of the munitions ship, SS Richard
But despite governments plans to build the airport near the wreckage of the cargo ship, which grounded at the Nore sandbank near Sheerness in 1944, the initial fears of explosive threats have been mooted following governmental investigations in 2006.