| Press Release - 1 September 2008
LORD HANNINGFIELD TO LEAD RUNWAY RAMBLE AGAINST SECOND RUNWAY PLANS
+++ For details of photocall at 10am on 13 September see Note to Editors below +++
Lord Hanningfield, Leader of Essex County Council and member of the CO2 (Council's Opposed to Second Runway) group will be the guest of honour at Stop Stansted Expansion's Runway Ramble on the morning of Saturday 13 September.
The Runway Ramble is primarily designed to highlight the homes, countryside and rich local heritage that would be obliterated or severely compromised by BAA's expansion plans: a second runway and associated land grab would make the airport's landholding even bigger than Heathrow today. Molehill Green - the starting point of this year's five mile circular walk - would itself disappear if the proposals went ahead, while 35 historic buildings and the ancient Philipland Wood are also jeopardised by the plans.
However, the impacts of the expansion proposals would extend far beyond the immediate vicinity of the airport, affecting a huge swathe of the East of England.
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director for Stop Stansted Expansion said: "Lord Hanningfield's involvement as a member of the CO2 group highlights the threat a second runway would pose to the way of life of many thousands of people across the region, not least those who would suffer so adversely from overflying by almost three times the number of planes currently handled by Stansted and more than at Heathrow at present."
As well as the main Ramble, a shorter circular walk of just two miles, suitable for those with very small children and those with reduced mobility, is on offer (also starting at Molehill Green), while a five mile linear walk will depart from The Three Horseshoes pub at Duton Hill. All walks start at 10am and end at Molehill Green with a barbecue from 12 noon.
The event has been organised on behalf of Stop Stansted Expansion by one of its members, Stuart Walker of Church End Broxted, who was responsible for devising the Five Parishes Millennium Walks as well as five of the previous six Runway Rambles. Hundreds are expected to take part.
The Runway Ramble comes just a fortnight before the 26 September deadline for people to send their views on the second runway application to Uttlesford District Council. Written representations will be key to ensuring that the Inspector at the second runway public inquiry, due to start in April 2009, is aware of the overwhelming concern about the plans and should be sent to UDC (Planning), London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER, or by email to email@example.com. Further information is available on the Coming Events page or from the campaign office on 01279 870558.
NOTE TO EDITORS - PHOTOCALL
A photocall will be held at Molehill Green with Lord Hanningfield and those assembling for the start of the Ramble at 10am on Saturday 13 September.
To reach Molehill Green, CM22 6PQ, from the M11, turn right at the last roundabout (Coopers End) before the airport terminal, then immediately turn left at the mini roundabout. Follow the road for about a mile into Molehill Green and turn right at the green itself. There is parking behind The Three Horseshoes pub on the left.
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, firstname.lastname@example.org