Saturday, March 17, 2007

Flights of Fancy

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Think things are bad around here?
At its plenary meeting on 7th March 2007 the South East England Regional Assembly [SEERA] passed the following motion.

“SEERA reaffirms its view that “plan, monitor and manage” would be the most appropriate approach to provision of additional airport capacity in the South East while effort is directed at achieving more sustainably balanced solutions to airport development. SEERA therefore calls on the Government for a review of current aviation policy and for a halt to plans for the expansion of runway capacity in the South East.”

The motion, which was proposed and supported by councillors representing West Sussex, Crawley, Hampshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead – all authorities directly affected by major airports - was adopted by 48 votes to 21.

This is in response to aviation’s impact on noise, traffic and pollution levels, and the heavy social and environmental costs paid by the growing numbers of people living in the shadow of major airports. But will our Government listen? Or will they continue their relentless drive to make the South East of England into Mega-City One?

And here is the Council to Protect Rural England’s campaign against extending the Metropolis up to the Wash.

"The recent decision of Uttlesford District Council to refuse planning permission for an increase of flights from Stansted’s existing runway highlights the strength of local feeling against such large-scale developments. However Standsted’s owners BAA have appealed against this decision and there will be a Public Inquiry in May.”

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