| Press Release - 20 September 2009
SUPERB SUPPORT FOR WALK HIGHLIGHTING EXPANSION HERITAGE THREAT
The community turned out in force today (Sunday 20 September) when 250 people joined Stop Stansted Expansion's (SSE's) eighth annual runway ramble which this year highlighted the threat to heritage from BAA's second runway plans.
The route for the four mile 'Heritage Hike' was devised by SSE's footpaths expert Stuart Walker in conjunction with Douglas Kent of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings to take ramblers past 40 of the many historic buildings threatened by BAA's second runway plans.
Starting at Molehill Green, the hikers proceeded along footpaths to Waltham Hall and then onto Bambers Green before turning up the Harcamlow Way, then through fields and across the River Roding to School Lane back in Molehill Green
The idea was to show just what would be sacrificed if BAA's proposals for a second runway were ever to be allowed. Expansion on the scale being proposed would make Stansted larger than Heathrow today in terms of aircraft numbers, land grab and passengers.
Commenting on the success of the event, SSE's Campaign Director Carol Barbone said: "Today's walk provided an important reminder of the need for each of us to to fight to preserve our heritage. Showing people the devastating scale of the damage to our community's history and social fabric that BAA's plans would cause brought home the reality of the threat we face. Encouragingly, there was a tremendous sense of resolve amongst those taking part who remain committed supporting SSE's efforts to force withdrawal of the second runway application and overturn the government's policy on expansion."
Just over £3000 was raised for SSE's fighting fund by those taking part who had secured sponsorship for their efforts or who made donations, as well as from the proceeds of refreshments served at the event.
The souvenir guide from the event describing the historic properties along the route in more detail can be downloaded from this website.
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Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, firstname.lastname@example.org