Tuesday, 11 March 2008

No to a monstrous Stansted

NEWS from Eastern Region Green Party

 

Tuesday 11th March 2008

 

BAA Plans to make Stansted bigger than Heathrow:

Green Party vows to fight "lunatic" proposals every inch of the way 

 

The BAA has today announced its planning proposals to turn Stansted into a massive airport larger than Heathrow is today, by building a second runway and expanding across the fields of Essex. Such a proposal was specifically ruled out by the planning inspector and the Government in the 1980s when Stansted waas orginally given consent to expand following a public inquiry.

 

The proposals would result in catastrophic damage to the countryside of Essex and are being fiercely opposed . People's homes would be bulldozed. There would be a huge increase in jet flights which would raise noise levels over Essex and nearby counties to unprecedented levels, causing annoyance, sleep disturbance and harm to children's education. Road traffic levels would soar, making today's jams in Essex seem minor. A second runway and all the extra buildings that would go with it would be followed by a forest of planning applications for housing developments, business parks, warehouses, hotels, etc. Light pollution from the airport, already bad, would become severe. And on top of all that, the emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, ground level ozone and other gases from the airport and its activities would multiply, polluting the air and adding to climate change. The BAA's expansion of Stansted would be so large that it would at a stroke cancel out all the efforts of Essex residents, local authorities and businesses to tackle climate change.

 

Cllr. Dr. Rupert Read, Green Party Lead Candidate for the 2009 European Elections said

 

"People living around Heathrow know all too well what the BAA has in store for East Anglia. Under the Heathrow flightpaths, quality of life is severely harmed. It is hard to get proper sleep and there is no escape from the constant presence of the airport. It is utterly irresponsible for the BAA to now plan the same for this region. Stansted cannot be allowed to become a second Heathrow. People have already voiced their clear opposition to plans to expand the airport on one runway - that opposition will now get even stronger.

 

Uttlesford District Council took the ground-breaking stance of rejecting expansion on one runway, partly because of the climate-dangerous impact that more flights would have. They were right to do so. If I am elected Euro-MP for Eastern Region next year, I pledge to take all necessary steps to ensure that Stansted does not blight our skies and our quality of life with any further expansion; and, in the meantime, I pledge to oppose with resolve the efforts by BAA to try to over-ride the wishes of the people who live in the area. We do NOT want a bigger, noisier, more destructive Stansted."

 

Cllr. James Abbott, Braintree District Councillor and long-standing opponent of Stansted expansion added

 

"The BAA's plans are nothing less than lunatic. For the sake of cramming more people onto ever more cheap flights, the BAA seem happy to be causing so much alarm and to be threatening so much damage to Essex and nearby counties. These are the plans of those driven by corporate greed and blind ignorance to what they are inflicting on communities and the environment.

 

The battle over the second runway at Stansted, and the third at Heathrow will be crucial to not just the future of the areas most directly affected, but the future direction of policy in the UK and internationally. Right now, it is often the poorest people suffering the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, island communities in the Pacific, Africa and elsewhere. Scientists could not have made it clearer what the consequences will be if we do not cut greenhouse gas emissions. This will be a battle between the BAA and their friends in Westminster and ordinary people and communities, both in the UK and across the world. "    

 

2 Comments:

Blogger Stansted Taxi Services said...

Although I can see your views on this subject are very strong against this expansion there are a few pointers I would like make in favour.

Stansted Airport isn't in an area similar to Heathrow Airport so it's not fair to use the same judgements.

The Stansted Airport area is not as populated as Heatrow Airport so the knock on effect of a second runway would not be the same.

The added revenue and jobs that a second runway would bring to the Stansted Airport area are also a major factor. I run a business in this area and at Stansted Taxi Services there are people who maintain their lives because of Stansted Airport.

So I think that both sides of the argument should be heard before judgement is given at Stansted Airport.

Peter the Airport Cabby

14 March 2008 at 10:27  
Blogger Patrice said...

Your views are very strong. I have to say expansion of airports looks very likely to happen even with all te protest. It will bring some benefits which protest always seem to turn a blind eye to.

20 March 2008 at 10:17  

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NEWS from Eastern Region Green Party

 

Tuesday 11th March 2008

 

BAA Plans to make Stansted bigger than Heathrow:

Green Party vows to fight "lunatic" proposals every inch of the way 

 

The BAA has today announced its planning proposals to turn Stansted into a massive airport larger than Heathrow is today, by building a second runway and expanding across the fields of Essex. Such a proposal was specifically ruled out by the planning inspector and the Government in the 1980s when Stansted waas orginally given consent to expand following a public inquiry.

 

The proposals would result in catastrophic damage to the countryside of Essex and are being fiercely opposed . People's homes would be bulldozed. There would be a huge increase in jet flights which would raise noise levels over Essex and nearby counties to unprecedented levels, causing annoyance, sleep disturbance and harm to children's education. Road traffic levels would soar, making today's jams in Essex seem minor. A second runway and all the extra buildings that would go with it would be followed by a forest of planning applications for housing developments, business parks, warehouses, hotels, etc. Light pollution from the airport, already bad, would become severe. And on top of all that, the emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, ground level ozone and other gases from the airport and its activities would multiply, polluting the air and adding to climate change. The BAA's expansion of Stansted would be so large that it would at a stroke cancel out all the efforts of Essex residents, local authorities and businesses to tackle climate change.

 

Cllr. Dr. Rupert Read, Green Party Lead Candidate for the 2009 European Elections said

 

"People living around Heathrow know all too well what the BAA has in store for East Anglia. Under the Heathrow flightpaths, quality of life is severely harmed. It is hard to get proper sleep and there is no escape from the constant presence of the airport. It is utterly irresponsible for the BAA to now plan the same for this region. Stansted cannot be allowed to become a second Heathrow. People have already voiced their clear opposition to plans to expand the airport on one runway - that opposition will now get even stronger.

 

Uttlesford District Council took the ground-breaking stance of rejecting expansion on one runway, partly because of the climate-dangerous impact that more flights would have. They were right to do so. If I am elected Euro-MP for Eastern Region next year, I pledge to take all necessary steps to ensure that Stansted does not blight our skies and our quality of life with any further expansion; and, in the meantime, I pledge to oppose with resolve the efforts by BAA to try to over-ride the wishes of the people who live in the area. We do NOT want a bigger, noisier, more destructive Stansted."

 

Cllr. James Abbott, Braintree District Councillor and long-standing opponent of Stansted expansion added

 

"The BAA's plans are nothing less than lunatic. For the sake of cramming more people onto ever more cheap flights, the BAA seem happy to be causing so much alarm and to be threatening so much damage to Essex and nearby counties. These are the plans of those driven by corporate greed and blind ignorance to what they are inflicting on communities and the environment.

 

The battle over the second runway at Stansted, and the third at Heathrow will be crucial to not just the future of the areas most directly affected, but the future direction of policy in the UK and internationally. Right now, it is often the poorest people suffering the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, island communities in the Pacific, Africa and elsewhere. Scientists could not have made it clearer what the consequences will be if we do not cut greenhouse gas emissions. This will be a battle between the BAA and their friends in Westminster and ordinary people and communities, both in the UK and across the world. "    

 

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