Last Saturday several hundred people gathered in the sunshine on Felton Common for the ‘Common Ground’ protest march to the Airport. Organised by the Chew Valley XR and co-hosted by campaign groups including Bristol XR and SBAEx the simple message to Bristol Airport was forcefully put by Cllr Steve Hogg speaking to the assembled socially distanced marchers:
‘It is so sad and disappointing that, with the aviation industry in the wilderness, local authorities struggling to cope in the wake of a global pandemic, that Bristol Airport finds it necessary to drag the Council and the communities that it represents through the financial and emotional wringer of a lengthy and expensive appeal. This is not a struggle with North Somerset Council or between different groups. This is about standing together, united in our opposition to the expansion of the Airport, whatever the diversity of our political views and outlook on life’.
Led by the XR Samba band and performance groups the marchers filed from the Common along both sides of the A38 to the Airport roundabout for a silent vigil before a flag was raised ‘Planet Not Planes’.
This marks the start of the next phase to fund the legal teams who will work together to challenge the Airport’s decision to appeal against North Somerset Council’s rejection of it expansion plans. More information shortly on the launch of the Parish Councils and SBAEx funding appeal.
For Steve’s speech in full see :https://www.stopbristolairportexpansion.org/steve-hogg-why-we-must-resist-airport-expansion/