Campaigners lambast North Somerset planning bureaucrats: ‘Airport expansion will be a life sentence for communities’
With just a few days left before North Somerset Council decides on the expansion of Bristol Airport, the Council’s planning bureaucrats have recommended approval of the Airport plans. The Stop Bristol Airport Expansion (SBAEx) campaign, representing individuals and communities across North Somerset and the region, is urging North Somerset Council to reject the advice of its planners when it meets on Monday, February 10th.
John Adams of SBAEx said: ‘This report from officers could have been written by the Airport itself. It displays no understanding of the climate emergency nor the appalling impact expansion will make on the health of local communities through increased aviation and traffic pollution, deregulated night flights and traffic congestion. Airport expansion will suck up to 9,500 cars daily onto the completely inadequate road network leading to the Airport site. It will harm wildlife, the natural environment and sprawl across the Green Belt. It will bring huge profits to the Airport’s Canadian owners but no benefit to the region that can justify the damage caused by expansion’.
‘This is now the critical phase of the Airport application. The Airport has run an expensive, mendacious campaign to mislead the public about the true consequences of expansion. As the bureaucrats take the side of the Airport only a thin line of 27 Councillors, the members of the North Somerset planning committee, are now left to defend our communities. They must not fail us.’
‘Bristol Airport expansion would effectively suffocate North Somerset, spreading a blanket of thick and destructive greenhouse gases across our towns and villages. Bad news for everybody and a life sentence for vulnerable members of the community – the home workers, the elderly, the frail, the sick and our children. We call on North Somerset Council to follow the example of Uttlesford Council which has just rejected Stansted Airport expansion despite support from Council officers.’