| Press Release - 10 June 2009
HERITAGE HIKE HIGHLIGHTS RUNWAY THREAT
Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) is holding a Heritage Hike on the afternoon of Sunday 20 September to highlight the threat to historic homes, countryside and the community from BAA's second runway plans.
The four-mile circular walk has been organized by SSE's footpaths expert Stuart Walker in conjunction with Douglas Kent, technical adviser to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
The idea is to show people just what would be sacrificed if BAA's plans for a second runway were allowed, enabling Stansted to become bigger than Heathrow today in terms of flight numbers, land grab and passengers.
Those taking part will see many of the 35 historic properties threatened by BAA's planning application as well as the community which would be most directly blighted by the proximity of an enlarged airport. The walk, through the lovely north west Essex countryside, also takes in a small section of the long distance footpath known as the Harcamlow Way.
Hikers will set off at 2pm after a commemorative photo from Molehill Green, a stone's throw from Stansted Airport in the parish of Takeley - though the start time is flexible for those who want to begin later in the afternoon. Route maps and descriptions will be provided to those taking part. A sizzling barbecue will be held from 1pm to 5pm for departing and returning ramblers.
Said Carol Barbone, SSE's Campaign Director: "This is our eighth annual runway ramble and the emphasis on heritage this year is designed to remind people not only of what BAA wants to destroy but the lasting impacts on communities in this area if the runway were ever to be constructed."
The event is free but those who want to seek sponsorship for their efforts or make donations at the event are welcome to do so.
More information on the Heritage Hike and a sponsorship form are available from Coming Events or by calling 01279 870558.
NOTE TO EDITORS
The flyer with sponsorship form for the event is accessible online. Media who would like a copy of the illustration featured on the flyer for reproduction, drawn by Bruce Hyatt of Saffron Walden, should contact Carol Barbone (see below).
At the time of writing, no announcement has yet been made on the proposed start date of the second runway Public Inquiry which had been due to start in April 2009.
Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, firstname.lastname@example.org