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 - 24 August 2010


Pedal power ruled the day at the family-oriented Flitch Way Cycle Ride organised by Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) last Thursday (19 August).

The nine mile ride along the former railway line culminated in a barbecue at the Station House in Takeley which the parish council had kindly made available for the event, with some 40 people taking part.

The Flitch Way runs between Dunmow and Bishop's Stortford, forming the northern boundary of Hatfield Forest, running directly through countryside with lovely wooded areas, rich wildlife and views over open farmland. It typifies the peace and tranquillity of a much larger area, although overflying aircraft towards the Stortford end are a reminder that despite cancellation of the second runway, current operations at the airport still blight the community.

Commenting on the success of the day, SSE Campaign Director said: "It was a lovely, gentle event which served as a reminder of the importance of the rural character of the district - and the need to allow the community to be rebuilt after the threat of major expansion."

The next public event in the SSE calendar is the annual Runway Ramble on Sunday 26 September which this year takes the form of the Hallingbury Hike. The four mile circular walk is part of the campaign group's work to raise awareness of the blight which persists locally because of BAA's refusal to sell its extensive property holding - more than 200 homes - and thereby send a signal that its expansion plans are off the agenda once and for all. A further concern is BAA's hope - currently unfulfilled - of using Stansted more intensively which would add to the noise burden of those under flight paths across the region.


See Cycle Ride Pictures

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

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