| Press Release - 6 January 2012
COMMUNITY CALENDAR IS A RIP-ROARING SUCCESS
Sales of Stop Stansted Expansion's (SSE's) latest Community Calendar have been a rip-roaring success this year with every copy now sold or accounted for in a race for remaining copies.
The 2012 edition has literally leapt off the shelves as people have snapped up the much loved publication which has been produced annually since SSE started campaigning in 2002.
"It's been a knockout year," said SSE Chairman Peter Sanders. "We could have sold many more calendars than the 2000 we produced and sincere thanks are due to all those who supported the initiative. Meanwhile, the feedback from the community endorsing our ongoing work has been terrific, with so many people determined to support our vigilance against any possibility of a return of expansion plans."
The proceeds from the calendars, sold by volunteers and at over 30 retail outlets across Herts and Essex, will be used by SSE in the year ahead to keep up the pressure on politicians as the Government determines a new aviation and night flights policy.
The last six months have seen increasing efforts by the aviation industry to try to reverse the Government policy of no new runways at Stansted, Gatwick or Heathrow. To counter this, SSE is pressing for a long term moratorium on any new runways at Stansted and for BAA to be forced to sell back the 300 or so homes it still owns in the vicinity of the airport, bought in connection with its second runway plans.
2012 will also see a Government review of the current rules on night flights at Stansted and the aviation industry will inevitably be pressing the Government to relax the existing limits. SSE will therefore be mounting a concerted campaign to ensure that the Government also hears the voice of the local community and is left in no doubt about the disturbance caused by noisy aircraft landing and taking off at all hours of the night.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND COMMENT
Carol Barbone, SSE: M 0777 552 3091 & firstname.lastname@example.org