On a chilly evening in mid-December, and following a short publicity campaign of flyers and posters attached to telegraph poles, a group of people from villages surrounding Bristol Airport met to discuss the Airport’s application to North Somerset Council to expand by 50%. The organisers expected perhaps a dozen people to attend the event in Redhill village hall. In fact nearly 100 people came from Butcombe, Felton, Winford, Regil, Redhill, Wrington, Lower Langford and Blagdon.
The strength of feeling was clear – a tide of anger and frustration that the Canadian and Australian owners of the Airport have embarked on predatory expansion at the expense of the health and well-being of neighbouring communities and the wider region.
So the Stop Bristol Airport Expansion alliance was formed. It now includes strong links with regional organisations including the Somerset Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, individual Parish Councils, the North Somerset and Bristol Green Parties, Bristol Friends of the Earth and the Bristol Airport Parking Community Association. We are talking daily with other associations sharing our views.
THIS IS A GLOCAL (both global and local) CAMPAIGN. The Stop Bristol Airport Expansion alliance has two aims: 1. to persuade North Somerset Council to reject the Bristol Airport planning application 2. to persuade the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan and its Australian partners, who jointly own the Airport, to freeze plans for expansion.
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