Permission sought for airport project import base

Colin Le Ray
Image caption Mr Le Ray said the port at Longue Hougue would be able to accommodate large vessels

Planning permission is being sought for a base at Longue Hougue to deal with the import of materials for Guernsey's airport surfaces project.

The Public Services Department wants to use to the land in St Sampson's as a shipping terminal and storage facility.

Airport Director Colin Le Ray said the area could house a range of facilities, and had advantages over other ports.

He told BBC Guernsey: "We can take larger vessels in for shipping of the aggregate into the island."

The Public Services Department said the area could house a concrete plant, a weighbridge, car parking, huts to house workers and floodlighting.

It has yet to identify where the main accommodation site for workers on the scheme will be placed.

The £80m project, the largest capital project the island has ever undertaken, is aimed at equipping the airfield for a 30-year lifespan.

It will involve the resurfacing and repositioning of the runway, and the resurfacing of the taxiways and apron.

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