Airport is crucial to future of this city
IT is disconcerting that three of the four main candidates in the campaign to become Bristol's Mayor should be against the expansion of the city's airport. And disturbing that only one of them gave it his qualified support.
Surely if the incoming mayor is to be a strong leader of Bristol, someone who will take the city forward economically and culturally then that person needs to recognise the airport's importance to this area.
And for anyone to devalue the airport because it deals mainly with holiday traffic is to completely misunderstand its role.
It serves Bristol very well because tens of thousands of local people use it to go on their holidays. Whoever becomes mayor surely has to appreciate the importance of that.
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It is also a major local employer and one from which many local firms benefit. To see its expansion solely as an environmental issue is to dilute the argument.
An issue like the expansion of the airport is crucial to Bristol's future development. And it needs to be seen as part of a bigger picture. The incoming mayor is the one person who should be able to do this.
This city has for so long lacked leadership. It would be disappointing if the mayoral election delivered someone who put the concerns of a minority above the lifestyle of the majority.