Stansted prepares for demonstration

PEOPLE from across the region will take part in a demonstration on Monday calling for a proper and thorough public inquiry into the proposed second runway at Stansted airport.

PEOPLE from across the region will take part in a demonstration on Monday calling for a proper and thorough public inquiry into the proposed second runway at Stansted airport.

Campaigners are to protest over what they are labelling as plans for a “quick and dirty” inquiry - with many sessions taking place at the same time to fast-track a decision.

A contingent from Suffolk will join people from Herts, Essex and south Cambridgeshire to emphasise that it's not just those living in the immediate vicinity of Stansted who would suffer as a result of expansion, but those living even 50 miles away who would be subject to significantly increased noise from overflying.

The demonstration will take place at the Hilton Hotel at Stansted as officials gather for an inquiry programming meeting.


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“They'll be mounting a colourful display outside the venue for the meeting with their own banners and placards to make clear to the inquiry inspector, Andrew Phillipson, that the inquiry must not be rushed through and must be subject to a thorough, fair and transparent process,” said a Stop Stansted Expansion spokeswoman.

“Anything less than a full, accessible hearing would risk the wrong conclusions being reached based on superficial claims by the airport owner BAA and would prevent members of the public and their representatives from properly participating in the inquiry process.

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“This would be both unfair and undemocratic and completely unacceptable in view of the scale of what is being proposed - plans to make Stansted bigger than Heathrow and any other airport in Europe today.”

The inquiry is set to start on April 15.

Mr Phillipson has said he was confident in the abilities of his fellow inspectors to conduct sessions in his absence but that the reaction to the concurrent sessions suggestion idea “had booted into touch” some of his ideas for the inquiry

A notice from the planning inspector's team said the meeting on Monday would allow the main participants and the inspector to jointly consider and debate the inquiry programme, including looking again at the possibility of some concurrent sessions.

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