WRT the Airport Hotel, it is indeed a listed building of "significant historical value." Owned by Robinson's Brewery, it's the most profitable managed house in their portfolio of over 650 pubs.
Not sure a bouncy castle could ever obstruct the view up final app. for 24R from the hold, but it does remind me of an amusing tale from only a few years ago one warm summer's weekend when the aforementioned bouncy castle was being inflated for the day ahead, a Transat (TSC) L1011 approaching JA
was asked to take an immediate T/O due to landing 757 at 5 miles. The Transat crew duly accepted the offer, took the 180 degree turn on to 24R at an obscene rate of knots, spooled up in the turn...... and duly blew the bouncy castle right out of the pub garden!
The only news I've heard discussed, and normally in smoky bars recently, is that the plan to extend T2
is still the most urgent on the agenda, extending southwards at a right angle to the far western end, removing the staff car park in the process. WRT the parallel taxiway extension for 24L, there are still serious issues about land stability (i.e., you can't lay concrete on bog land), and the costs involved in filling in are prohibitive. However, studies are still in progress. T4
is the most contentious issue, as it once again has come down to the fact that either the NEA apron and ETB will have to go, OR
they will have to encroach further into Cheshire and build any T4
to the south of 24L. Politics and money, rather than the best logistics solution will win the day, I have no doubt.
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(