| Press Release - 15 January 2009
PHOTOCALL NOTICE: STANSTED SECOND RUNWAY INQUIRY MEETING
For 9.45am, Monday, 19 January 2009
Hilton Hotel, Round Coppice Road, Stansted Airport CM24 1SF
People from across the region will demonstrate their opposition to plans for a 'quick and dirty' public inquiry into BAA's planning application for a second runway at Stansted Airport. Their protest is to take place as officials gather for an Inquiry Programming Meeting this coming Monday, 19 January.
They'll be mounting a colourful display outside the venue for the meeting (Hilton Hotel) with their own banners and placards to make clear to the inquiry Inspector, Andrew Phillipson, that the Inquiry must not be rushed through and must be subject to a thorough, fair and transparent process.
Anything less than a full, accessible hearing would risk the wrong conclusions being reached based on superficial claims by the airport owner BAA and would prevent members of the public and their representatives from properly participating in the inquiry process. This would be both unfair and undemocratic and completely unacceptable in view of the scale of what is being proposed - plans to make Stansted bigger than Heathrow and any other airport in Europe today.
A contingent from Suffolk will join people from Herts, Essex and South Cambridgeshire to emphasise that it's not just those living in the immediate vicinity of Stansted Airport who would suffer as a result of expansion, but those living even 50 miles away who would be subject to significantly increased noise from overflying.
FORMAL REPRESENTATION AT THE MEETING
Stop Stansted Expansion, the four local authorities (known as 'the Councils'), National Trust and Airlines Consultative Committee and, of course, BAA are amongst the parties who will have a formal seat at the meeting (which starts at 10.30am) to make clear their own views on the programming arrangements which are currently in draft stage. The meeting is open to the public to attend. Representatives from various national environmental groups are also expected to attend to ensure that the enormously damaging climate change impacts of aviation are not overlooked.
The agenda and related papers for the meeting, to be chaired by Inspector Phillipson, are accessible online at:
Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) will have spokesmen present before and after the meeting to provide comment as required. A copy of SSE's letter and response to the meeting notes are available from Carol Barbone on request (see contact details below) or online on this website. SSE will issue a press release following the meeting.
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, firstname.lastname@example.org