25th February 2003

Stop Stansted Expansion launches Online Supporters Scheme

With the relaunch of the Government’s proposals for expanding airports expected this Thursday (27 February), Stop Stansted Expansion is offering anyone who wants to be kept up to date with what’s happening over coming months the chance to sign up to its free Online Supporters service at www.stopstanstedexpansion.com.

The move will help those concerned about the devastating effects which the expansion plans will have to receive regular news updates and alerts on how to help, information on campaign events as well as special initiatives designed to target the decision makers in Parliament and Whitehall. It will also make it easier to encourage people to fill in the government’s new questionnaires which many are predicting will be available on line for this new consultation.

Said Stop Stansted Expansion Executive Committee member Peter Riding who has managed the website since it was set up last August: “Our emails to members over the last two months have been much appreciated. Many people have made it clear that they welcome this as a rapid and accessible way to keep up to date with what is happening, rather than through mass mailings once a month or so. We have therefore decided to extend the scheme to non-members who are nevertheless interested in hearing what’s happening and taking action to oppose the threat.”

“There’s no doubt, either, that being able to claim a large base of online supporters will also help to reinforce the campaign’s credibility at national level when Stop Stansted Expansion presents its final submission to the government in the summer,” he added. “We will therefore be asking supporters to encourage their friends, families and colleagues to sign up too.”

Members of the campaign who have not to date provided email addresses will also be urged to do so in order to improve communication and keep campaign costs down, though regular postal mailings will continue to be sent to those without email.

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