8th April 2008
SSE helps communities get to grips with second runway plans
* * * See list at end of release for details of 40 community meetings* * *
More than 40 community presentations have been lined up for the coming months by Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) to help people get to grips with proposals for a second runway at Stansted and to explain how to lodge objections.
SSE has agreed to speak at parish and town council meetings across Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk as part of its drive to alert local communities to the threat posed by BAA’s plans, with more dates being added all the time.
Development on the scale being proposed by BAA would have far-reaching effects across the region both during the four year construction phase – which would make Stansted the biggest building site in Europe – and when fully operational.
Each meeting will feature a speaker from the SSE team, including Chairman Peter Sanders and other members of SSE’s executive committee. They will draw on the airport operator’s recently submitted planning application to explain how, if it were approved, Stansted could become bigger than Heathrow today in terms of flights and passengers, plus an enormous landgrab that would entail destruction of homes, heritage, countryside and ancient woodland.
Advice will be given to those wanting to lodge their views on the plans before the cut off date of 26 June set by local planning authority, Uttlesford District Council. Thereafter, the application is expected to be the subject of a ‘call in’ for public inquiry next year and different rules for expressing views will apply.
Commenting on the programme, SSE Campaign Director Carol Barbone said: “Yet again we’re faced with a planning application from BAA which tries to pretend that the development of Stansted would have virtually no impact on the environment or on people’s quality of life. Our presentations will help reveal the true picture.”
The SSE website contains the full list of meetings that have been planned and will be kept updated to reflect additional events as they are organized. Further information can also be obtained by calling the campaign office on 01279 870558 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on accessing the planning application, with advice on how to respond, is also available on the SSE website.
NOTE TO EDITORS
The meetings at which SSE will speak are largely parish and town council meetings open to the public. Details of the programme as at 8 April 2008 appear below. See website for more detail including timings and venues.
|10 April||Braughing Parish Council Annual Meeting|
|10 April||Weston Parish Council|
|14 April||Radwinter Parish Council|
|16 April||Birchanger Parish Council|
|17 April||Saffron Walden Town Council – Public Meeting on Airspace Proposals|
|23 April||Rushden and Wallington Parish Council|
|28 April||Helions Bumpstead Parish Council|
|1 May||Henham with Elsenham Parish Councils|
|1 May||Withersfield with Cowlinge, Great Wratting and Great Bradley Parish Councils|
|8 May||Hormead Parish Council|
|10 May||Ashen Parish Council (near Sudbury)|
|12 May||Epping Upland Parish Council|
|12 May||High Roding Parish Council Annual Assembly|
|12 May||Ashdon Parish Council|
|13 May||Great Canfield Parish Council|
|14 May||Hatfield Heath Annual Parish Meeting|
|15 May||Redbourn Parish Council|
|19 May||Little Bardfield Parish Council|
|20 May||Chrishall Parish Council|
|21 May||Sible Hedingham Public Meeting for c10 neighbouring parishes|
|21 May||Ickleton Parish Council|
|22 May||Chantry Community Association|
|2 June||Brickendon Parish Council|
|4 June||St Paul’s Walden Parish Council|
|4 June||Saffron Walden Town Council|
|9 June||Sawbridgeworth Town Council|
|10 June||Woolmer Green Parish Council|
|12 June||Nazeing Parish Council|
|16 June||Hertford Town Council|
|18 June||Broomfield Parish Council|
|25 June||Sheering Parish Council|
|26 June||Great Easton (with Broxted) Parish Council|
|3 July||Widdington Parish Council|
|7 July||Stapleford Abbots Parish Council|
|8 July||Willingale Parish Council|
|17 July||Good Easter Parish Council|
|17 July||Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council|
|31 July||Theydon Bois Parish Council|
|8 September||Barnston Parish Council|