9th October 2003

Post Early for Christmas

‘Make your voice heard with one last letter’ is the rallying call going out to 150,000 homes and businesses within a 25 mile radius of Stansted Airport in a ‘Campaign Update’ leaflet from Stop Stansted Expansion this week.

The campaign group continues to fight plans to create the ‘Essex Heathrow’ which would result from the addition of even one more runway.  It is working flat out to encourage input from government departments beyond the Department for Transport and ensure that the key Cabinet Ministers are fully briefed on the reasons why the idea of building any new runways at Stansted should be decisively rejected.

With publication of the Air Transport White Paper due before Christmas, the objective is to leave Government Ministers responsible for health, the environment, tourism, the economy and heritage in no doubt of the disastrous consequences that would result from adding even one more runway at Stansted.

Said campaign Chairman Norman Mead:  “All the feedback we are receiving from sources close to the Department for Transport indicates that the issues are very finely balanced.  There is everything to play for in the remaining weeks before final decisions are taken and this is why we have intensified our lobbying efforts across the whole of government.”

“We want as many people as possible in the local community to help with this final push before the White Paper is published and it could make all the difference to the outcome if our local MPs continue to receive a strong flow of letters to reinforce our continued opposition,” he continued.

Entitled ‘The Fight Goes On’, the four page A4 leaflet highlights points for inclusion in correspondence regarding the expansion proposals.  Additional copies and further information can be obtained from the campaign website www.stopstanstedexpansion.com, from the campaign office on 01279 870558 or by email on info@stopstanstedexpansion.com.

The update was produced with financial support from Uttlesford District Council and Saffron Walden Town Council and a grant from the Manuka Trust.

Campaigning to ensure Stansted Airport's authorised operations stay below harmful limits