Protesters have issued a lastminute plea calling for local politicians to continue their opposition to a controversial Midland airport.
Officers from Warwick District Council have stunned groups fighting expansion at Coventry Airport by recommending its planning committee agrees tonight to conditionally back a temporary terminal and 2,000-space car park.
However, the Campaign Against Expansion of Coventry Airport has sent letters to all councillors on the committee urging them to bring their "good sense to the planning process, and protect local people and the local environment" by rejecting the recommendations.
After more than a year of battling to stop the advent of passenger flights at the Baginton airport - including a High Court hearing and the first of two planned public inquiries - WDC officers have recommended acceptance of a mitigation package.
The recommendation comes as a public inquiry, triggered by the airport's appeal against enforcement notices issued by WDC on the temporary terminal, nears conclusion.
Although WDC denied it was now backing the airport, it is understood officials privately believe the Secretary of State is likely to find in favour of the airport and the mitigation package - the third offered by the airport - is the best it can now achieve.
Archy Muir, spokesman for CAECA, said: "Throughout the planning process and the public inquiry, the airport's lawyers have regularly made threats to pursue cost claims against WDC.
"We believe the WDC officers have buckled under the weight of these cost threats, and gone for a deal with the airport at any price.
"Consequently, they are recommending their planning committee to support planning permission for the temporary terminal in return for an airport 'mitigation and compensation' package which appears to be little more than smoke and mirrors." CAECA is opposed to the grant of planning permission for the temporary terminal.