Campaign group warns residents not to be ‘tricked’ by Stansted Airport expansion plans

PUBLISHED: 15:49 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 10 July 2017

Stansted Airport is holding public sessions to get views on its latest proposals this month. Picture: MAG

Stansted Airport is holding public sessions to get views on its latest proposals this month. Picture: MAG

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A campaign group fighting plans to expand Stansted Airport says residents should not be ‘tricked’ into thinking the proposals are sustainable.

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) made the claims following a series of public exhibitions held by the airport in an effort to explain its latest plans.

The airport is hoping to submit a planning application to Uttlesford District Council, in which it proposes to lift the passenger cap of 35 million a year to 44.5 million by 2030.

Since the exhibitions started though, SSE says surveys are designed to trick people into thinking plans will be sustainable, when the environmental impacts of the expansion are yet to be assessed.

Brian Ross, the group’s deputy chairman, said: “The portrayal of the potential impacts that would arise from further expansion at Stansted is deliberately misleading and the public should be very, very sceptical about the claims being made to try to push through its proposals.

“The airport’s so-called roadshow has all the hallmarks of a sales pitch for time-share apartments. It’s all about spinning the positives and saying nothing about the negatives.”

As well as more passengers, the airport also hopes to increase its aircraft movements from 274,000 a year to 285,000, meaning it would offer an extra 11,000 flights every 12 months.

SSE is urging people to question the plans and says that if they go ahead, residents will see an aircraft flying overhead every 85 seconds compared to the current rate of a couple of minutes.

The resulting impact on the environment, the group says, will be “significantly worsened”, with more noise and air pollution.

Speaking earlier this year, Stansted Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan said: “We know that growth is a sensitive and important issue for people living close to airports and we are committed to engaging, listening and sharing as much information as possible as we develop our plans.”

The exhibitions will run until July 17 with the next session on July 12 at Braintree Town Hall, from 3pm to 8pm.

Those unable to attend can share their views at ourstansted.com or by emailing consultation@stanstedairport.com.

Alternatively, SSE is urging people to write to Uttlesford District Council’s planning department.

The remaining exhibition sessions are on:

- July 14 at the Silver Jubilee Hall, Dunmow Road, Takeley, from 4pm to 8pm

- July 15 at Bolford Street Hall, Bolford Street, Thaxted, from 12pm to 4pm

- July 17 at the Town Hall, Market Sqaure, Saffron Walden, from 3pm to 8pm

- July 19 at the Methodist Church, 34B South Street, Bishop’s Stortford, from 3pm to 8pm

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