I SMILED at the idea that Solihull Council was ‘minded to approve the extension to Birmingham Airport’ provided measures were taken to lessen noise and environmental damage.
Airports and aeroplanes by their very nature are noisy and result in damage to the environment.
Recently I attended a dinner where I sat opposite a local authority climate change expert (not Solihull MBC).
Her views were enough to make the blood run cold.
To cut a long story short, we may not be all going to hell in a handcart yet, but a boat might be handy in the future.
Our autumns amd winters are now much wetter than yesteryear bringing widespread flooding - witness the downpours of last Saturday - while our summers are much drier, bringing problems of drought, something that is already hitting Midlands farmers.
The changes in weather are already affecting our infrastructure - storm drains can’t cope while road surfaces are breaking up.
The real question over the airport is whether the pollution and damage to the environment is a price worth paying. Our council has indicated that, with some caveats it is. The next question is - who’s going to pay for it all?