Bristol Airport Controversial Expansion Plans supported by YouGov Poll: but only 271 people were polled and Airport bosses paid for it.
Melanie Greenwood writes:
A YouGov poll paid for by Bristol Airport has been slammed for stating a ‘silent majority’ of just 271 North Somerset residents back controversial Bristol Airport expansion plans.
The online Poll states 73 per cent of regional residents back proposals to expand the airport to handle up to 12 million passengers in the mid-2020s and increase to an eventual 20 million.
Wrington Parish Council Chairman, Jill Rawlins, said: “This is a laughable poll, paid for by the airport, so of course it is going to find people backing their proposals. Only 271 adults were asked. How is this the ‘silent majority’ in our district?
“Thousands of ordinary locals across the region have objected to these expansion plans. Airport bosses must be rattled and they are desperate to push their plans through.
“The expansion would mean 97, 373 aircraft movements in a 12-month calendar period: a flight almost every three minutes and an average of 9,500 extra vehicle movements every day.
“If this happens and permanent airspace change proposals are agreed, a greater number of communities right across Somerset and Bristol will be flown over by thousands more planes and millions more cars will pour through the region, affecting wide areas of the South West.”
A recent landmark UK study showed that exposure to air pollution is linked to the stunting of babies’ brain growth during pregnancy. A smaller gestational birth size is also associated with conditions later in life, including, coronary artery disease, type two diabetes and asthma.
Study lead, Paediatrician, Professor Steve Turner said that nobody knows the baseline of the amount of pollution that can cause harm and has called for legislation, taxation and someone to champion cleaner air.
Bristol Airport, is owned and run by the Canadian-based Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently stated the UK’s planned increase in aviation needs to be curbed to restrict harmful CO2 levels which contribute to global warming.