The AIRPORT bosses have appealed to the government after the rejection of plans for a new hotel.
Southend Airport has filed an appeal with the Secretary of State after Rochford council blocked plans for a new 132-room hotel.
Rochford council declined the plans over concerns about increased traffic and additional on-street parking impacting safety and traffic flow.
The six-story hotel would be built on a staff parking lot north of Eastwoodbury Crescent, near the Holiday Inn.
A letter from Southend resident Carol Bonnett also raised concerns.
He said: “As a resident living next to the airport, I object to the hotel for the following reasons. Deprive the small hotels and guesthouses in the city from closing their doors, because the small businesses have enough difficulties.
“Increased traffic, impact on roads and traffic pollution, air quality. The Harp House roundabout is sufficiently congested.
“Since Covid and aircraft movements have declined, I have noticed an increase in wildlife and birds in the surrounding area.”
However, Conservative leader Tony Cox backed the proposals.
He said: “I have always supported the airport. There is already a hotel near the airport and it is a success.
“I think the principle of a hotel at the airport seems well founded.
“It will create jobs in the region and attract people to an industry decimated due to the Covid pandemic. ”
A spokesperson for Southend Airport said: “The Planning Inspectorate is currently reviewing the case, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this point, other than to say that we are confident that our proposals respond to the concerns raised.
“A new high-quality hotel at the airport would create jobs and contribute to our city’s important tourism economy.