SUMMARY: how to act against Airport expansion
(scroll down this page for detail)
1. write to North Somerset Councillors (and cc Members of Parliament)
2. contact North Somerset planners to reach 10,000 objections
3. develop the social media campaign locally by sharing links to the campaign website on village websites
4. create and support village-based action groups for local actions
5. publicise the issues by distributing flyers and posters available below as downloads
6. make press and media interventions e.g. monitor and respond to published statements by politicians and the Airport through letters and original articles
7. join and invent direct actions based on events designed to keep opposition to Airport expansion in the public eye. We’ll post news of these.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries
‘Letter to New Councillors’ (This is a link to points you can include in your letter)
Email addresses for North Somerset councillors can be found at http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/…/find-y…/list-of-councillors/…
Copy in your local MP
Go to https://www.theyworkforyou.com to find your MP’s email address.
It’s not too late to register your comment on the latest plans to expand Bristol Airport using the North Somerset Council planning website [use this link] If it no longer accepts comment, objections by email or snailmail will be accepted until a few days before the Council meeting to consider of the planning application. The date has not yet being decided so please act now while this window exists. Let’s try to make 10,000 objections… or more.
What to write
Airport expansion will generate enormous profits for the Canadian owners, the Ontario teachers Pension Plan, at the expense of the health, well being and natural environment of North Somerset. Explain your concerns about airport expansion based on your experience of air quality and effects on health of emissions from planes; traffic congestion and pollution on the A38; daytime noise and especially night flights; use of the Green Belt for Airport car parking; illegal car parking; loss of quality of life and community character… and anything else from personal experience.
Who can write?
This is not a NIMBY (not in my back yard) action. This is local resistance to a global problem. The right to COMMENT IS NOT CONFINED TO RESIDENTS OF NORTH SOMERSET so PLEASE ASK FRIENDS AND RELATIVES FROM ACROSS THIS PRECIOUS PLANET to write to North somerset or register comment on the website (as long as it remains open). Make sure you include the reference number for the Airport planning application: 18/P/5118/OUT
North Somerset Council postal contact if website closes
Write to: Planning Department, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston super Mare BS23 1UJ
The increasing number of village discussion groups is a huge step forward in rural communications. Please provide links to our website from you own local group and draw attention to anything from our website you find interesting. And of course please share our website and facebook links as widely as possible on your own networks.
Many town and parish councils have objected within an beyond North Somerset. However, local action by North Somerset residents will have a powerful impact on local councillors. Local groups acting against Bristol Airport expansion exist in Weston, Clevedon, Chew Magna, Butcombe, Wrington, Nailsea and elsewhere. Please contact us (StopBAEx@gmail.com) if you are thinking of forming a group and we will link you with other local groups to share and learn from the experience and co-ordinate actions. Posters and downloads are available on this page [scroll up] to support group work.
There are many creative actions and meetings about aspects of aviation being organised by local groups during July. We’ll publish details on our FB page and the website – please keep us informed of your own events.
Colour posters and B&W flyers are available to download from ‘Downloads’ above. This is a very effective way of sharing the costs since we are entirely dependent on the odd donation at present
Please monitor and respond to published statements by, for example, politicians and the Airport through letters and original articles.
The Airport also routinely issues press releases celebrating statistics, such as a ‘record’ number of people flying from the Airport over a public holiday. The press usually publish these without comment so a brief (or lengthy) letter to the editor reminding him / her that Airport press releases should have a health warning attached will help challenge this free Airport publicity.