|Stansted Airport will shortly begin a local community consultation on our plans to make full and efficient use of our single runway.
Since MAG acquired the Airport in 2013, Stansted has become one of the UK’s fastest growing airports, now serving over 190 destinations across Europe and North America. Our cargo operation is the third biggest in the UK, helping local businesses trade with the global marketplace. In total, we now employ over 12,000 people, with 7 in 10 employees living in Essex and Hertfordshire.
With passenger numbers at Stansted growing and expected to reach 35 million by the early 2020s and a new runway at Heathrow at least a decade away, we want to plan for the future and provide certainty for our business partners and local residents by making best use of Stansted’s single runway.
At this stage, we want to gather the views of local residents and will be hosting a number of local community events. If you are unable to attend and would like to have your say, please visit www.ourstansted.com
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR PLAN FOR LONDON STANSTED AND THE FUTURE OF THE REGION AT ONE OF OUR EXHIBITIONS:
Hatfield Heath, Thursday 6th July 3pm – 8pm Hatfield Heath Institute, 2A Broomfields, CM22 7EH
Great Dunmow, Saturday 8th July 10am – 3pm Foakes Hall, 47 Stortford Road, CM6 1DG
Stansted Mountfitchet, Monday 10th July 3pm – 7pm St John’s Church Hall, CM24 8JP
Braintree, Wednesday 12th July 3pm – 8pm Braintree Town Hall, Fairfield Road, CM7 3YG
Takeley, Friday 14th July 4pm – 8pm Silver Jubilee Hall, Dunmow Road, CM22 6QJ
Thaxted, Saturday 15th July 12pm – 4pm Bolford Street Hall, Bolford Street, CM6 2PY
Saffron Walden, Monday 17th July 3pm – 8pm Town Hall, Market Square, CB10 1HR
Bishop’s Stortford, Wednesday 19th July 3pm – 8pm Methodist Church, 34B South Street, CM23 3AZ
Harlow, Monday 24th July 3pm – 7.30pm Harlow Leisurezone, Second Avenue, CM20 3DT
PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY STOP STANSTED EXPANSION – 6 July 2017
Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has issued a warning to residents across the region not to be hoodwinked by Stansted Airport’s smoke-and-mirror exhibition and biased consultation survey on further expansion plans.
Both the exhibition which opened on July 6th and related survey appear designed to trick people into thinking that further expansion at the airport will be painless and sustainable -before the environmental impacts have even been assessed.
“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,” commented Brian Ross, SSE’s deputy chairman, after visiting the exhibition at its first outing.
“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,” Brian Ross continued.
The campaign group is encouraging those visiting the airport’s travelling exhibition to ask questions and insist on explanations about the proposed increase in flight and passenger movements compared to the position today. This, say SSE, reveals a very different picture from the one being put forward by Stansted’s bosses who have been making the false claim that the extra passenger numbers will only lead to “approximately two extra flights an hour”. In reality the proposal would mean an extra 2,000 flights a week compared to today’s levels.
The airport is currently handling 25 million passengers a year and has not yet started to use the extra 10 million increase to 35 million, granted after a five month public inquiry held in 2007. Despite this, Manchester Airports Group which owns Stansted say that that its growth predictions mean that the present 35 million cap ‘urgently’ needs to be raised to a massive 44.5 million.
Compared with the current throughput, the expansion plans would mean 20 million more passengers per year and an extra 104,000 flights. This translates into an aircraft overflying during daytime hours from the current average of a plane every 2¼ minutes, to a plane every 85 seconds. Noise, air quality and especially road and rail transport impacts would all be significantly worsened in contrast to the airport’s claim that there will be ‘no significant adverse environmental effects.’
Those contemplating the use of the airport’s questionnaire as a means of providing comment on concerns about impacts, meanwhile, should also be aware that the survey is deliberately skewed to elicit results which are favourable towards the airport’s plans.
Analysis of the questionnaire reveals that it is appallingly biased. It consists almost entirely of claims for the benefits of Stansted expansion, and a wish list of further potential benefits with no negatives included. It provides no opportunity to express any opinion about the pluses and minuses of expansion, such as likely damage to quality of life and the environment, except in the ‘Anything else we should consider?’ question, which does not encourage criticism, in particular because it says ‘as part of our proposals’.
SSE is recommending that those living in the region who wish to make representations on the expansion plans should email or write direct to Uttlesford District Council Planning Department or use their online planning portal (quoting reference UTT/17/1640/SO) to give their views first-hand, rather than be manipulated into answering a set of questions that are contrived to give an overly positive answer that can be used against the community and support the latest round of calls for growth.
NOTES TO EDITORS
• More information on Stansted Airport’s formal submission to Uttlesford District Council can be found here.
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