Cycling to stop expansion

PUBLISHED: 17:05 07 June 2007 | UPDATED: 21:42 29 May 2010

Protesters against the Stansted expansion get on their bikes

Protesters against the Stansted expansion get on their bikes

A SUNNY Sunday morning brought more than 200 people out to take part in a series of cycle rides organised by Stop Stansted Expansion. Cyclists of all ages rode the nine mile circular ride along the gravel surface of the former railway line known as the Fl

A SUNNY Sunday morning brought more than 200 people out to take part in a series of cycle rides organised by Stop Stansted Expansion.

Cyclists of all ages rode the nine mile circular ride along the gravel surface of the former railway line known as the Flitch Way between Little Canfield and Start Hill.

The ride was designed to raise awareness of the beauty of the area threatened by BAA's plans for expanding Stansted Airport and the impacts on tranquillity. Part of the cycle route followed the Northern boundary of Hatfield Forest, running directly through countryside with lovely wooded areas, rich wildlife and views over open farmland.

The event raised £500 to SSE's Public Inquiry Appeal Fund, taking the total raised so far to pay for legal representation and expert witnesses to over £80,000.

The target sum is £120,000. More information on contributing to the fund and also other forthcoming events is available online at www.stopstansted expansion.com or from the

SSE Campaign Office on 01279 870558.

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