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Edinburgh airport drop off charge debate

Conservative MSP Gavin Brown has called for BAA management at Edinburgh Airport to scrap plans for a £1 charge for dropping off passengers during member's business on 9 September 2010.

The fee would be payable by motorists from October

The Conservative MSP has been leading a campaign against the charge, and has collected nearly 6000 signatures on his "drop-off, rip-off" petition.

Mr Brown said that BAA had had no intention at all to consult with passengers about the fee and Edinburgh airport had been unfairly singled out from the six BAA owned airports.

He said the reasons given for the drop-off charge had changed with the "passage of time", beginning with encouraging public transport aand later changint to the current drop zone not being fit for purpose.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said he agreed there was a lack of clarity about the reason the charge was being introduced.

Liberal Democrat MSP Margaret Smith said the plans were "ill thought out, unfair and unnecessary" and that BAA management should be urged to think again.

Green MSP Robin Harper said the decision was "tedious, mindless and entirely pointless" and it was more likely to cause congestion than address it.

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