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Just 5 people choose Glasgow Airport consultation over football

09.09.05

The public consultation on the future of Glasgow Airport got off to a slow start last night, when just 5 people turned up to the first 'drop in' meeting on the 25 year plan. The poor turnout could have had something to do with Scotland's World Cup qualifier with Norway, which was taking place at the same time!

The meeting got off to a bad start, when glasgow airport bosses had to change the venue from the BAA offices to the Holiday Inn Hotel Glasgow Airport because the office parking barrier got stuck. But the low turnout was unexpected. BAA were said to be 'embarrassed', but said that those who did attend were impressed by the plans.

The drop-in session was the first of meetings to be held this month and next to give the local community a say in the development of the airport. Derek Hendry, Head of Development for BAA Glasgow, said: 'We are trying to engage with as many in the community as possible.'

The masterplan includes a new rail link from the city centre to the airport and a new access road from the M8. Land will also be kept aside for a second runway. BAA believe the upgraded airport could generate £250m for the area over the next 10 years, and support 28,000 jobs by 2030.

The expected protesters fighting plans to build a viaduct across playing fields in Paisley for the rail link failed to turn up. One local newspaper quoted William and Marie Campbell, who will have to quit their home if the plans go ahead, saying: 'It's wonderful for the community but not us.'

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