Home Page Link Thaxted - under the present flightpath and threatened with quadrupled activity Takeley's 12th century parish church, close to proposed second runway Harcamlow Way, Bamber's Green - much of the long distance path and village would disappear under Runway 2 Clavering - typical of the Uttlesford villages threatened by urbanisation
Campaigning against proposals to expand Stansted Airport

image Press Release - 8 April 2008

See Coming Events for up-to-date details


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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 - see Coming Events. Further information can also be obtained by calling the campaign office on 01279 870558 or emailing info@stopstanstedexpansion.com.

Information on accessing the planning application, with advice on how to respond, is also available on the SSE website.


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 AprilBraughing Parish Council Annual Meeting
10 AprilWeston Parish Council
14 AprilRadwinter Parish Council
16 AprilBirchanger Parish Council
17 AprilSaffron Walden Town Council - Public Meeting on Airspace Proposals
23 AprilRushden and Wallington Parish Council
28 AprilHelions Bumpstead Parish Council
1 MayHenham with Elsenham Parish Councils
1 MayWithersfield with Cowlinge, Great Wratting and Great Bradley Parish Councils
8 MayHormead Parish Council
10 MayAshen Parish Council (near Sudbury)
12 MayEpping Upland Parish Council
12 MayHigh Roding Parish Council Annual Assembly
12 MayAshdon Parish Council
13 MayGreat Canfield Parish Council
14 MayHatfield Heath Annual Parish Meeting
15 MayRedbourn Parish Council
19 MayLittle Bardfield Parish Council
20 MayChrishall Parish Council
21 MaySible Hedingham Public Meeting for c10 neighbouring parishes
21 MayIckleton Parish Council
22 MayChantry Community Association
2 JuneBrickendon Parish Council
4 JuneSt Paul's Walden Parish Council
4 JuneSaffron Walden Town Council
9 JuneSawbridgeworth Town Council
10 JuneWoolmer Green Parish Council
12 JuneNazeing Parish Council
16 JuneHertford Town Council
18 JuneBroomfield Parish Council
25 JuneSheering Parish Council
26 JuneGreat Easton (with Broxted) Parish Council
3 JulyWiddington Parish Council
7 JulyStapleford Abbots Parish Council
8 JulyWillingale Parish Council
17 JulyGood Easter Parish Council
17 JulyStanstead Abbotts Parish Council
31 JulyTheydon Bois Parish Council
8 SeptemberBarnston Parish Council

Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, cbarbone@mxc.co.uk

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