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We'll keep fighting

October 26 , 2011

High Court Judge Mr Justice Collins today turned down SBAE's application for a judicial review into the May 2010 decision by North Somerset Council to allow the airport to add an extra four million to its passenger numbers.

We are disappointed and surprised by the judge's decision to refuse a judicial review but we will continue to scrutinise the airport's plans to ensure that the 70 conditions attached to the planning permission are fully met.

Read our press release »

Bill Bryson presents anti-airport expansion campaigners with award

July 14 , 2011

Bill Bryson presents award

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion has received national recognition for its work opposing the proposed plans to increase airport traffic at Bristol International Airport from six million passengers to ten million passengers by 2019.

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Fight against airport’s expansion far from over

April 26, 2011

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion (SBAE) is submitting a request for a Judicial Review to take our case to the high courts. Our lawyers are confident there is a strong case against the airport’s plans, which would see it nearly double in size with serious impacts for local communities and the environment.  

Read our press release »

Government agrees we were right on climate change

April 1, 2011

Transport Secretary Phil Hammond has condemned Labour’s 2003 Aviation White Paper, on which Bristol Airport’s planning permission was based, as "fundamentally out-of-date". Speaking as he launched the Government’s Scoping Document, which marks the start of the process for drawing up a new aviation policy,1 he said the previous government had "got the balance wrong" because it failed to give enough weight to climate change and the local environmental impacts of aviation. 

Read our press release »

Airport boss's tax complaints insult working families

March 8, 2011

Bristol Airport Chief Robert Sinclairʼs complaints about a passenger ʻstealthʼ tax are nonsensical and insulting: the aviation industry does not pay any duty or VAT on aircraft fuel yet hard working families face rising motor fuel taxation on essential journeys.

Read our press release »

The real fight starts now!

June 14, 2010

Please help us build a fighting fund to pay legal costs to continue challenging the flawed decision to allow the airport to expand.

Read more »

Read our press release »

Airport expansion now depends on the Secretary of State

May 24, 2010

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion today said it would be urging the Secretary of State to hold a public inquiry into the expansion of Bristol Airport, following referral by North Somerset Council.

Councillors on the Planning and Regulation Committee voted to approve the expansion plans, subject to conditions, including referral to the Secretary of State.

North Somerset is asking the Government to consider the impact of the expansion on climate change – and to rule on airport’s plans to build a car park on the green belt.

Read more »

Read our press release »

Update on Bristol Airport plans: DECISION by P & R Committee

May 15, 2010

The decision on Bristol Airport's expansion plans was referred to North Somerset Council's Planning & Regulatory Committee (P & R) instead of being made at the 3 March South Area meeting which many of you attended.
The P & R meeting which will be held on:
24 May, 2pm, Weston Town Hall.

Once again we are asking you to attend if you possibly can, despite the awkward timing.
Doors open about 20 minutes before - if you want a seat in the main chamber it is best to get in early!

To recap: The councillors at the South Area meeting did recommend passing the application with...

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Relevance of Heathrow ruling to BIA expansion

April 12, 2010

The recent judicial review of the Government's plans to expand Heathrow criticised the validity of the economic case used in the Air Transport White Paper due to changes that have happened since, and in particular to changes in Government policy on climate change. It also criticised the incorrect costing of the surface access improvements needed. Both of these areas are relevant to the BIA application, and further invalidate the economic arguments for expansion.

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Heathrow Ruling Throws Bristol Airport Expansion into Doubt

March 26, 2010

A High Court Judge has ruled that because the Government’s 2003 aviation policy did not fully take into account the effects of climate change, it is not compatible with the Climate Change Act 2008 – effectively making the 2003 policy obsolete. The government’s 2003 policy has been used by North Somerset Council to set its own planning policies regarding the airport.

The judge, who was ruling on the Heathrow expansion, also said the impact of increased emissions from airport expansion was also likely to significantly affect the economic case.

Read our press release »

Decision still in the balance

Mar 4. 2010

NSC have done the responsible thing in referring the BIA’s planning application to a more senior planning committee as district councillors made it very clear that the application still has many serious unresolved issues.

Read our press release »

Airport decision should be postponed

Mar 1, 2010

NSC’s South Area Meeting cannot make a decision at this point because new recommendations from North Somerset Council on night flights will introduce changes to the night noise quota system without any consultation with the public. These changes also go against widely documented promises from BIA not to change the basis of the night noise quota system.

Furthermore, the Biodiversity Action Plan and the Carbon Management plan have not been made available in time for the
public to view and comment, and the staff travel plan for all employees on BIA’s site is still incomplete.

Read our press release »

Campaigners ask Government to step in on airport decision

Jan 27, 2010

SBAE has asked the Government of the South West (GOSW) to step in and refer the decision on the airport’s plans to the Secretary of State. We have decided to request a ‘call-in’, which would result in a direct decision from Government, or a public inquiry, because the ramifications of the decision, such as the impact of increased traffic, noise and carbon emissions, stretch beyond North Somerset Council’s area of control.

Read our press release press release pdf document (176 Kb)

Government report slams brakes on Bristol airport plans

Dec 8, 2009

The Government's Committee on Climate Change has published a new report on aviation advising that in order to meet UK carbon targets we must limit expansion, cut flights, raise ticket prices, and boost rail and video-conferencing

Read the report by the CCC »

Read our press release press release pdf document (168 Kb)

Would expanding BIA impact air passenger "leakage"?

Nov 30, 2009

"Leakage" is the term used to describe how air passengers who could use BIA but for various reasons use Heathrow or other South East airports. Our analysis shows that using leakage as an excuse for local expansion, especially on environmental grounds, is flawed and irresponsible.

Read our report "How would expanding BIA impact air passenger 'Leakage' from South West region to South East airports?"
south west tourism analysis pdf document
(564 Kb)

New report challenges tourism claims

Nov 18, 2009

A new analysis of tourism figures for the South West by SBAE's Jeremy Birch reveals "...there is strong evidence that previous expansion at BIA has meant lower domestic tourist income and has only partly compensated for this by bringing inbound tourists. Future expansion would continue this pattern, taking money away from the South West tourism, leisure and other sectors."

Read "Tourism in the South West, its impacts and the relevance of Bristol International Airport" south west tourism analysis pdf document (172 Kb)

Read our press release "Local tourism jobs lose out with airport growth" press release pdf document (176 Kb)

Councillors opposed to airport development on Green Belt

Oct 16, 2009

Councillors at last night's West Area committee meeting expressed strong opposition to any plans by Bristol Airport to extend its car parks onto Green Belt land as part of its proposed expansion.

They also called for improved infrastructure and new transport links to be in place before the airportʼs expansion goes ahead, echoing the grave concern of North and Central Area committees last week that the areaʼs already overloaded road system is completely inadequate to absorb the increase in traffic caused by expanding the airport.

Read our press release press release pdf document (172 Kb)

Regional development agency raises concerns over airport expansion

Oct 5 , 2009

The South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) has raised major concerns about the economic benefits weighed against the climate change implications of Bristol airport’s expansion plans, a “hugely significant” position statement

Read our press release »

Australian owners sell stake in BIA

Sept 16, 2009

The Australian investment firm Macquarie Airports (MAp) has sold its 35.5% share in Bristol International Airport, saying its investors interests were better served elsewhere .

Read the report by Reuters »

Read our press release »

BANES calls for airport expansion plans to be refused

Sept 10, 2009

Councillors from the Bath And North East Somerset council (BANES) voted in favour of a motion, proposed by 23-year-old councillor Nick Coombes, to inform North Somerset Council:

”That Bath and North East Somerset considers causes and effects of Climate Change should be a major consideration in a development of this nature and therefore recommends that the airport expansion application should be refused on these grounds.”

Read our press release »

Flying more is not an option Government advisers warn

Sept 9, 2009

A letter to the Government from Adair Turner, chair of
the government’s Committee on Climate Change
makes it clear that Aviation CO2 emissions should be capped.

Read the letter »

Read our press release »

Bristol City Council objects to airport expansion plans

Aug 24, 2009

Bristol City Council has lodged a formal objection to plans to expand Bristol International Airport, because of concerns over night noise, traffic pollution and climate change

Read BCC's objection letter to NSC »

Read our press release about BCC's objection »

Ecotricity boss slams Bristol airport expansion

Aug 17, 2009

Ecotricity CEO Dale Vince has made public his concerns about Bristol airportʼs expansion plans in a letter - also signed by the Avon Wildlife Trust, World Wildlife Fund, Christian Aid and the Climate
Outreach and Information Network (COIN) - published in The Guardian today. The letter expresses concern that BIAʼs plans will
increase CO2 emissions by more than double at a time when the Climate Change Act commits us to cutting emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Read the letter in The Guardian »

Read our press release »

Bristol airport planes off track

Aug 6, 2009

This dramatic image shows just how many flights from BIA are spreading out from standard flight paths.

The image is a map of the Bristol, Bath and Chew Valley area on which flights departing from BIA are shown alongside the standard paths for BIA during one week from 28 May 2009 (overlapping the school half-term holidays)]. While some variations are allowed to the regular flight paths, this data illustrates just how wide an area flights from BIA have covered. It is likely that planes travelling wide of their regular flight paths will become much more frequent if the airport is allowed to expand.

View the flight paths »

Read our press release »

Who's picking up the tab?

Aug 4, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWfb0VMCQHE

Call for delay in airport expansion decision as emissions set to double

July 16, 2009

Read our press release »

Bristol Airport expansion: bad for noise

July 4, 2009

Planning application launched!

June 16, 2009

Bristol International Airport has at last launched its major planning application today, 16 June 2009. A six week consultation will begin in the next few days and it is crucial that as many people respond to express their concerns.

Get ready to take action »

Public health doctors argue the case against expanding Bristol's Airport

May 28, 2009

Read the article in the Bristol Evening Post online »

Airport has lost all justification for increasing carbon emissions

April 7, 2009

Bristol airport will no longer be able to rely on the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to compensate for the huge increases in carbon emissions from its planned increase in flights because the aviation industry itself has pulled its backing from the scheme, say campaigners.

Read our press release »

Strong welcome for Bristol council's message on airport: don't increase carbon emissions

Mar 30, 2009

The motion, passed unanimously by Bristol City Council last night, stated:

"....in line with the City Council's commitment to the Nottingham Declaration, which requires 60% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, and also taking into account of the greater target of 80% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions introduced by the Climate Change Act 2008, this council believes that BIA should focus on becoming economically and environmentally sustainable without further increasing emissions and other external impacts."

Read our press release »

Why Airport Expansion is Bad for the Economy

Mar 23, 2009

Read our press release »

Council must take cue from scientists

Mar 16, 2009

Following last week's stark warnings from scientists at the Copenhagen conference on climate change, campaigners opposing the expansion of Bristol airport are demanding that North Somerset Council (NSC) says "No" to plans which could see passenger numbers at the airport grow from the current 6.2 million to 10 million by 2016.

Read our press release »

Airport expansion will destroy jobs in South West, new study reveals

Mar 11, 2009

Published today by the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF), the study by economist Brendon Sewill of the employment provided by airports and airlines shows that more jobs will be lost in the region as an increased number of British people make more use of cheap flights to spend their money abroad.

Read our press release »
Read the report in full press release pdf document (420 Kb)

"Flying: the facts" by the Government backed Energy Saving Trust

Feb 12, 2009

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Travel/Flying-the-facts »

BIA launches "pre-planning consultation"

Jan 26, 2009

Last week BIA launched a "pre-planning consultation" in advance of a planning application yet to be announced.

Read our response to the information released » pdf document (2.5 Mb)

View the full exhibition materials online »

If you wish to respond to these materials or the issues raised you can email BIA using consultation@bristolairport.com
Please copy us on email@stopbia.com

Airline passenger numbers continue to fall

Jan 20, 2009

Read the article from The Telegraph »

Heathrow decision irrelevant to Bristol airport plans

Jan 19, 2009

Read our press release »

Say NO to Heathrow Expansion

Dec 15, 2008

95% of businesses say there's no gain from expanding Heathrow

Restore UK want the Government to take its obligations seriously and show true leadership on climate change – saying no to increased flights from Heathrow would be a great start.

We’ve less than a month to ensure that Government sees sense. Please follow the link below and write to your MP to ask them to put pressure on ministers to make sure that Heathrow doesn’t get approval.

Say NO to Heathrow expansion »

North Somerset Council gives in to BIA 'bully boy' tactics

Nov 13, 2008

The application for development of the walkway at BIA using a certificate of legality was granted at a meeting of North Somerset Council last night. We condemn this decision which allows Bristol airport s controversial 'walkway' to go ahead without a full planning application and believe that the airport has used 'bully boy' tactics to ride roughshod over the concerns of local communities.

Read our press release »

North Somerset Council to decide on CLOPUD

November 6, 2008

The application for development of the walkway at BIA using a certificate of legality (i.e., not going through proper planning permission process and not evaluating environmental impacts) is to be decided at a meeting of North Somerset Council next Wednesday 12th November at 6pm at the council house in Weston super Mare.

We would appreciate as many people as possible coming to be part of the audience to show the strength of concern. You can also register to speak by contacting Leo.Taylor@n-somerset.gov.uk

National Climate March

November 6, 2008

March for Climate Change Action in London this Saturday 6 December. More details on the Campaign Against Climate Change website: http://www.campaigncc.org/

New climate change targets mean airport plans will damage other businesses

October 29, 2008

Last night's decision by the Government to include greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and shipping in the UK's Climate Change Bill is a warning that Bristol airport's expansion plans now mean that other local industries will pay more for the airport's free ride unless the airport curbs its growth.

Read our press release »

NO MEANS NO!

October 20, 2008

BIA is applying for an arcane judgment called a CLOPUD (Certificate of Lawful Proposed Use or Development) which would allow them to build the 'walkway' without fear of enforcement action from the council - and without any say from the public.

Please help us stop BIA getting its walkway by the backdoor »

Standby for Takeoff

October 20, 2008

We believe that the main planning applications for the expansion of BIA will be submitted before Christmas, maybe as early as the start of November.

Find out how you can help »

Watchdog calls for airport expansion to be put on hold

September 16, 2008

In a study entitled "Contested Evidence: The case for an independent review of aviation policy”, the Government's environmental watchdog, the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), repeated its call for decisions on major airport expansion to be put on hold until there has been a full independent review of the Government's 2003 Air Transport White Paper. 

Read our press release »

Airport expansion bid defies economy and the climate

September 15, 2008

BIA says passenger numbers are to reach 10 million by 2016 in new planning documents just submitted to North Somerset Council.

The documents, submitted as another UK airline collapsed as a result of high oil prices, show the airport is pressing ahead with expansion plans despite the current economic climate and the
urgent need to reduce carbon emissions to tackle climate change.

According to the submission, the airport intends to extend the apron to make room for more aircraft - as well as expanding car parking facilities into the Green Belt.

Read our press release »

one hundred monthsOne Hundred Months

September 3, 2008

SBAE supports One Hundred Months because we recognise the urgent need for action on climate change

http://www.onehundredmonths.org/

Green belt must stay at airport, councillors agree

September 2, 2008

Members of the Strategic Planning and Economic Development Policy and Scrutiny Panel are urging North Somerset Council's Executive Committee to back their decision when they meet on Tuesday 9th September.

The discussion follows a proposal in the draft Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West to alter the Green Belt. Bristol International Airport has expressed an interest in building a further car park to the south side of the airport, on land covered by the green belt.

Read our press release »

Government and SW regional assembly must wake up and listen

July 29, 2008

The South West's draft Regional Spatial Strategy (draft RSS) plans to ease development restrictions in the greenbelt: it's out-of-date and out-of-touch.

Read our press release »

SWRDA ditches support for airport expansion because economic benefits unproven

July 12, 2008

A report obtained from the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) by Airport Watch South West (AWSW) under the Freedom of Information Act questions "whether any RDA investment in airports can be reconciled with 'economic growth' within environmental limits" and went on to admit that "air travel may not necessarily be a pre-requisite for economic growth".

Read our press release »
Download the SWRDA board minutes from January 2008 »
Download the SWRDA Economic Assessment report »

Anti-airport expansion campaigners' arguments supported by government report

May 21, 2008

The report, from the Government's own green watchdog, the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), published with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), has said that the Government must review its policy on expanding the UK's airports because there is so much controversy and conflict over issues such as the contribution of air travel to climate change and its benefits to the economy.

The SDC report concludes that the Government's 2003 Air Transport White Paper, which backs expansion at regional airports such as Bristol, must go back to the drawing board.

Read the report on the SDC's website »
Read our press release about the report »

Walkway Latest: A Minor Victory!

May 15, 2008

Last night at the South Area Committee meeting, the councillors unanimously passed two motions, which are roughly:

We are, of course, delighted by this. We're not quite sure what the airport's next move will be, but it shows that at least minor victories are possible!

Read more about the "walkway" proposal »
How the walkway increases capacity »

Read our press release about the outcome of the SAC meeting »
Minutes of the meeting on the NSC website »

South Area Committee meeting

May 6, 2008

BIA is trying to use "Permitted Development" to build a "walkway" - in fact a structure with 8 separate departure lounges within it that will be as large as 56 terraced houses.

YOUR SUPPORT IN THE AUDIENCE AT THIS MEETING (Weds 14 May, 6pm) IS CRITICAL to show the strength of local opposition to BIA's plans to grow without even putting in a proper planning application.

Read more about the "walkway" proposal »
Details of the application on the NSC website »
Our response to NSC »

Business West report biased and weak

March 31, 2008

Business West commissioned researchers at UWE to compare two economic reports on the consequences of expanding BIA. Instead of this being an open and in-depth analysis of the methods, evidence and conclusions of those reports, we consider that the new study shows considerable prejudgment and bias, and a weakness of analysis.

Read our commentary on the report »

UK Citizens fly more than any other nationality in the World

March 3, 2008

A recent report by independent, global market research company TGI entitled "Green values: Consumers and branding" claims that "British people collect most air miles per head".

Read the report on the TGI website »

DfT Consultation on Heathrow Expansion

February 12, 2008

The Department for Transport is currently holding a consultation on the proposed expansion of Heathrow.

There is an email address for responses:
heathrowconsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk

... and a postal address:
Heathrow Consultation
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DR

There is also an online response form but personal responses, emailed or posted, will carry more weight. The main points to make are:

1) increased flights will cause massive increase in climate changing emissions exactly when we are meant to be cutting them sharply
2) it will cause huge increase in road traffic
3) it will cause a significant worsening of the local air pollution
4) it will increase the number of people affected by noise
5) it is of questionable economic benefit as most extra passengers are either outbound tourists or transfer passengers
6) there are better ways to free capacity for instance investment in rail can reduce the need for domestic flights and flights to Paris, Brussels etc.

The consultation covers the third runway, the end to runway alternation and the sixth terminal, pushing LHR from 450000 flights a year to 700000 or more. The closing date is 27 February.

Launch of AirportWatch South West

February 12, 2008

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion has joined forces with other anti-airport campaigners throughout the South West to fight expansion at all the region's airports.

Read our press release about the launch press release pdf document (52 Kb)

Representatives from this new group met a group of the region's MPs at the House of Commons and received a very positive response.

Read our press release about the meeting with MPs press release pdf document (44 Kb)

Public Meetings

January 28, 2008

We have organised a series of public meetings for local people to find out more about how Bristol International Airport's expansion plans are likely to affect their communities and what action they can take to oppose these plans.

Churchill, 28 February  - Churchill War Memorial Hall
Felton, 5 March - Felton Village Hall
Yatton,12 March - Hangstones Pavillion

Speakers:
Hilary Burn - Parish Councils Airport Association
Georgie Bigg - Campaign to Protect Rural England (North Somerset)

The meetings will take place from 7.30-9pm, are open to all and will be an opportunity for people to discuss these issues and more.

Read our press release about the meetings press release pdf document (160 Kb)

Planning Application 07/P/3214/PAI

January 14, 2008

Immediately before Christmas BIA submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council under a General Permitted Development Order to construct a walkway between the terminal building and the western apron.

We believe that the development that has been applied for is in fact a terminal extension by stealth to enable expansion and has nothing to do with easing any current operational problems. This will impact massively on local communities with more traffic on local roads, more noise and more light pollution. More flights will add to North Somerset's contribution to the region's CO2 emissions.

Furthermore, Stop Bristol Airport Expansion has identified that the development the airport is asking for actually exceeds the constraints put on permitted development.

We insist that this application should be changed from a general permitted development order to one that is a full planning application. This will allow Councillors to make the decision, the public to express their views, and an environmental impact assessment to be submitted.

Details of the application on the NSC website »
Our summary of the proposals »
Our response to NSC »

SBAE campaigners march for CO2 emissions cuts

December 11, 2007

SBAE supporters at the 2007 climate march in London

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion supporters, alongside other anti-airport expansion groups, joined the thousands of protesters who marched through the streets of London on Saturday 8 December to call for a positive outcome of the current climate change talks in Bali. Despite terrible weather conditions 10,000 people joined the demonstration, which was part of a global action which saw protesters take to the streets in 50 cities around the world.

A letter handed to Gordon Brown at Downing Street called on the Government to do its utmost at the UN conference to "secure an equitable emissions treaty that is effective in preventing the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate and which minimises dangerous climate change." The letter also urged the Government not to delay in upping its target to cut emissions from 60% to at least 80% by 2050.

BIA announces that planning applications will be delayed until 2008 - but continues to expand

October 18, 2007

Despite its announcement that planning applications will be delayed until well into 2008, the addition of Ryanair flights means that the airport expects usage to rise to 7 million mppa next year. This means annual emissions from flights from Bristol International Airport will make a greater contribution to climate change than several entire nations.

Read our press release about the delay to planning applications » press release pdf document (160 Kb)
Read our press release about the comparison between BIA emissions and other nations » press release pdf document (160 Kb)

Michael O'Leary compares airport expansion campaigners to Swampy

October 12, 2007

Michael O'Leary went on a foul-mouthed tirade at a press conference at the airport today. But his comments are ridiculous and ill-informed – he has simply got his facts wrong.

Read our response to Michael O'Leary's comments » press release pdf document (152 Kb)

Airport Expansion Threatens Peace of Rural Villages

September 28, 2007

Residents from Chew Valley filled Compton Martin village hall last night to raise concerns about the effects of expanding Bristol International Airport. Increased traffic, noise and more pollution were already affecting the area, residents said.

Read our press release publicising the meeting » press release pdf document (144 Kb)

Read our press release reporting on the meeting » press release pdf document (156 Kb)

Easyjet Initiative Dangerously Misses the Point

September 19, 2007

Easyjet have just launched a national campaign demanding that Government takes a more ‘intelligent approach' to aviation. However the approach Easyjet suggests would do nothing to halt airport expansion or the increase in flights.

Find out more »
Take action »
Read our press release » press release pdf document (156 Kb)

Your chance to say "No!" to an airport the size of Luton

September 17, 2007

The Stop Bristol Airport Expansion campaign has organised a public meeting in the Chew Valley on Thursday 27 September, at 7.30pm in Compton Martin Village Hall, for local residents to find out more about the potential implications of Bristol airport's expansion plans on their communities. The meeting is open to everyone and will be an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns and find out what action they can take.

Read our press release » press release pdf document (144 Kb)

Conservatives Call For Halt On Airport Expansion

September 13, 2007

The Conservative Party's "Blueprint for a Green Economy" , published on September 13 by the Conservative Party's Quality of Life Policy Group, say that airport expansion plans in the UK should be put on hold because of the impact of aviation on climate change.

Instead, they say existing airport capacity should be better used – with more business and long haul flights that benefit the economy, and fewer short haul leisure flights which lead to a tourism deficit.

We urge the Conservative Party to act on the proposals, which are directly relevant to expansion plans for Bristol International Airport.

Read our press release » press release pdf document (152 Kb)

SBAE is supporting Climate Friendly Fortnight

September 10, 2007

The South West Wildlife Trusts (SWWT) are declaring September 15-30 as Climate Friendly Fortnight, creating regionwide opportunities to show and share the ways in which the South West is rising to the challenge of climate change.

Read more »

Cut the Carbon March in Bristol on Saturday 15 September

August 23, 2007

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion campaign is joining the Cut the Carbon March picnic and rally from 12- 2pm on College Green, Bristol.

The Cut the Carbon March has been organised by Christian Aid and is passing through Bristol as part of a 1000 mile trek around the country to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change.

Find out more about the march »
Download the flier » press release pdf document (176 Kb)

A Message from Aqqaluk Lynge, Inuit Leader

August 8, 2007

Inuit leader Aqqaluk Lynge recently visited Britain to give evidence to the Stansted Airport Public Inquiry about how people in the Arctic Circle are already feeling the effects of climate change. He even had a message for North Somerset Council.

Watch a video about Aqqaluk Lynge and his message to NSC »

Council Motion In Support Of A Transport Authority For Greater Bristol

August 8, 2007

Strategic Transport Authority lobbyThe decision to set up a STA (Strategic Transport Authority) was made with unanimous support at a full council meeting on July 24th. Bristol City councillors were due for an officers' briefing yesterday on the issue and there will be a report going to the West of England Partnership's next meeting.

Bristol Development Framework - Core Strategy

July 17, 2007

Bristol City Council is currently holding a public consultation on the Core Strategy, a key document in the Bristol Development Framework. It will set out the council's strategic approach to shaping the future of the city, and will play a key role in whether proposals for new development will be considered over the next 20 years.

Clearly, it is very important that all Bristol residents, as well as those affected by developments in Bristol, should express their opinion. Of key significance to SBAE supporters, though, is spatial option 3 which specifies development of the South Bristol Ring Road and expansion of the airport. We encourage our members to opt for something other than option 3!

Read the main page on the BCC website regarding the Core Strategy document »

Read the full proposals »

Download the questionnaire to complete and return to BCC »

The consultation ran to August 17th.

Council Motion In Support Of A Transport Authority For Greater Bristol

July 17, 2007

Come and show your support on July 24th »

Manchester airport expansion plans rejected, Luton airport expansion plans scrapped

July 10, 2007

Hot on the heels of Luton airport's decision to scrap plans for a replacement runway and new terminal facilities at its Bedfordshire site on Friday, Manchester airport's plans to expand on to green belt land in Cheshire were today rejected by a government planning inspector, who supported the objections of Macclesfield Borough Council. These decisions follow a similar triumph for Warwick District Council, whose opposition to ambitious development plans at Coventry airport have halted plans to double passenger numbers.

Read the Independent article about Manchester's rejected expansion plans »
Read the Guardian article about Luton's scrapped expansion plans »

"...one of the most impressive protest groups is Stop Bristol Airport Expansion campaign..." - The Independent

July 10, 2007

Front page of The Independent 10 July 2007

Today's Independent featured the recent successes of anti-airport-expansion campaigns on its front page, and Bristol was included.

The article went on to say "By general consensus, one of the most impressive protest groups is Stop Bristol Airport Expansion campaign, which has the support of North Somerset District Council "

Read the article in The Independent »

 

ICM poll finds that 60% of the British public say NO to more airport expansion

June 27, 2007

Advert in The Times

Figures released from an ICM poll today show that 60% of the public think increasing flights from UK airports is a bad idea in the light of the impact of climate change. New Prime Minister Gordon Brown needs to take heed since the Government's policy of encouraging UK airports to expand is clearly flying in the face of public opinion. Airportwatch have published a full-page advert in The Times to publicise these findings.

Read the findings of the ICM poll »icm poll pdf document (60 Kb)
See The Times advert in full » (232 Kb)

Shadow transport minister acknowledges Bristol airport is at capacity in meeting with campaigners

June 18, 2007

shadow transport minister Julian Brazier

In a private meeting, Shadow Minister for Transport Julian Brazier MP told representatives from SBAE campaign “It is clear that there are huge infrastructure constraints on Bristol airport's expansion. The airport is at capacity in terms of the road network."
Read the press release press release pdf document (148 Kb)

2nd European Day Of Action On Aviation

June 17, 2007

A big THANK YOU once again to all who took part in this - either cycling or helping out. Thanks also to The Better Food Company, White Lake Cheese (Shepton Mallet) and Ruddle Court Farm (Newnham On Severn, Gloucester), for their discounts on cheese for the cyclists' lunch. Over 30 cyclists rode the 9 mile back lane route from Bristol Temple Meads to BIA - where police stopped the traffic to allow them to cycle round the roundabout at the airport's entrance. The event was covered by ITV, who filmed both the start and finish of the route, and broadcast on the 5pm news. It was also covered by Radio Bristol, GWR, the Bristol Evening Post on Monday (2nd edition) and is likely to be in this week's Clevedon Mercury and Weston Mercury, and July's Chew Valley Gazette.
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European Union Emissions Trading System

June 8, 2007

The inclusion of aviation into the European Union Emissions Trading System (EUETS) is one of the big talking points in Brussels at the moment. The European Commission has proposed legislation which will be debated and voted on in the European Parliament this Autumn. Friends of the Earth and other environment groups have published a joint position paper which explains what should happen to make EUETS as effective as possible in tackling climate change and what other measures should be introduced.
Read the Friends of the Earth briefing »

SBAE delivers eco 'welcome pack' to new airport boss

June 5, 2007

SBAE delivering the eco welcome pack to Paul Kehoe

Campaigners from the Stop Bristol Airport Expansion group yesterday greeted BIA's new boss Paul Kehoe by presenting him with a 'Welcome Pack' designed to highlight the campaign's environmental concerns.
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Petition For A Transport Authority For Bristol

May 26, 2007

Bristol City Council's Green Party councillor Charlie Bolton has set up an online petition urging the Council to get behind an integrated transport policy for Bristol headed by an independent Transport Authority for the Greater Bristol Area (a campaign run by the Transport Alliance).
Sign the petition »
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Planning proposals mean less democracy and more climate change

May 21 2007

We wish to condemn the Government's plans for reforming the planning system to speed up the building of major infrastructure projects, including airports. The reforms would mean that local communities would be consulted less about proposals that affect them, and could also lead to an increase in carbon emissions.

Read the press release press release pdf document (152 Kb)
Email Gordon Brown from the www.planningdisaster.org.uk website »
Email the Dept. for Communities and Local Government from the FoE website »

Government consultation on the Climate Change Bill

May 18, 2007

The Government is currently holding a public consultation on the draft climate change bill:
Read more on the DEFRA website

Once passed, it has the power to transform the way the UK operates, certainly with respect to our CO2 emissions. However, we believe that the bill is not adequate as it stands and needs to be strengthened. Specifically:

1) The targets for cuts must keep up with the science, and the bill should require 80% cuts in emissions (not 60%) by 2050;

2) The Government needs to set annual budgets and reviews, whereas the bill currently proposes reviews once every 5 years, effectively devolving responsibility to the next parliament;

3) International aviation and shipping must be included from the start.

More information and details as to how to respond are available on the Friends of the Earth website

The consultation runs until June 12th so please respond before then!

Conservative Party policy: aviation policy consultation

April 30, 2007

The Conservative Party is currently consulting the public regarding its policy with on aviation, particularly with respect of taxation. Please respond - the consultation ends on June 11.

Read about the consultation on the Conservative Party's website »
Read our response to the Green Skies consultation Green Skies consultation response (pdf document) (160 Kb)

SBAE's comments on the Local Government Climate Change Commission

April 26, 2007

Read our press release Local Government Climate Change Commission comments (pdf document) (156 Kb)

BIA boss resigns

April 19, 2007

Bristol International Airport managing director Andrew Skipp has announced his resignation from the company. We wish him all the best for the future and hope his successor immediately abandons the disastrous plans to expand the airport.

The Global Warming Swindle Swindle

March 26, 2007

The controversy behind this recent Channel 4 'documentary' (described by C4 itself as a 'polemic') has reached new heights with the revelation that MIT Professor Carl Wunsch, who provided key contributions to the programme's evidence, has publicly complained about the gross distortion of facts:
"Fundamentally, I am the one who was swindled"

Read Professor Wunsch's response »

A guide to the facts and fictions of climate change from the Royal Society »

A critical analysis by the John Ray Institute of the 'facts' presented in the programme »

A scientific response to the programme compiled by University of Cambridge Programme for Industry »

Background about the scientists quoted in the programme from George Monbiot »

North Somerset Council sends strong
message over significant concerns

Feb 21, 2007

At a full council meeting of North Somerset Council on February 20th, the council raised significant concerns about:

Read the motion in full »
Read our response to the motion »
Read our press release NSC feb 20 meeting press release (pdf document) (160 Kb)

More than 4000 objections to the Master Plan have been registered with North Somerset Council

Feb 19, 2007

The official count currently stands at:

Objections: 4757
Support: 250

Read our press release More than 3000 objections press release (pdf document) (160 Kb)

Full Council to Finalise View on Master Plan: Meeting on 20th Feb 2007

Feb 13, 2007

North Somerset Council will be finalising their views on Bristol International Airport's Master Plan when the Full Council meet on Tuesday 20th February at 6 pm in the Town Hall, Weston super Mare.

More about this important meeting »

Council Decision (so far): Plan Requires Independent Assessment

Jan 19, 2007

At a meeting of North Somerset Council's Planning and Regulatory committee on January 18th, a motion requiring independent assessment of the expansion plans for Bristol International Airport (BIA) was passed. It is strongly welcomed by us.

Read the motion »

Special SPED Meeting a Success!

Dec 22, 2006

A motion recommending the delay of expansion at Bristol International Airport (BIA) was passed by North Somerset Council at the special meeting held on December 20th.

Read about the panel's recommendations

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Setting the record straight – further questions & answers

We've prepared an alternative view to expansion at Bristol International Airport. The points are the same ones addressed by BIA in their ‘setting the record straight' Q&A Sheet.
Read our version of "Setting the record straight"

Master Plan Launched!

The Master Plan has been launched and consultation ran on it until 22nd December 2006.

You can see the master plan and summaries at:
http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/about_us/masterplan.aspx

See how the UK has warmed in the past century

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Climate change to cost £trillions

"If the Government is truly listening, the findings of this report should influence national policy on aviation away from expansion and this in turn will have huge implications for the planned expansion at Bristol International airport" - Jeremy Birch, SBAE

Read the HM Treasury press release »
Read the full report on the HM Treasury website »
Download our press release Stern report press release (word document) (108 Kb)

"Airport's Expansion Crash Lands with MPs"

Local Conservative MPs Liam Fox and John Penrose launched a scathing attack on the proposed expansion plans.

Read Dr Liam Fox MP and John Penrose MP's letter in full »
Read the article in the Evening Post »

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Friends of the Earth report further undermines economic case for expansion

Pie in the SkyPie in the Sky (pdf document) (419Kb)
Pie in the Sky (summary) Pie in the Sky, summary (pdf document) (65Kb)

Stephen Williams MP backs the campaign

The latest copy of "Bristol Reporter" - the newsletter produced by the Liberal Democrats for Bristol Residents - features a major article describing Stephen Williams' opposition to expansion plans. "Climate chaos is 'too important to ignore' says Lib Dem MP".

Bristol City Council: "serious concern" about Bristol Airport expansion plans

Bristol's first Green Party councillor Charlie Bolton's motion opposing Bristol Airport Expansion was passed with amendments at the Council meeting on September 12th. Bristol Friends of the Earth's Jeremy Birch described this as "a historic position for the council to take". The amended motion was approved unanimously.

Read the motion passed by BCC »
Read the article in the Evening Post »
Read the press release Green Belt press release (word document) (111 Kb)

AirportWatch launches Rethink! campaign

rethinkThe aviation white paper is driving the expansion of regional airports, including Bristol. AirportWatch's "Rethink!" campaign aims to persuade the Government that it must radically review this disastrous policy.

Visit the AiportWatch Rethink! website »
Download the Rethink! leaflet »

earthmovers awardStop Bristol Airport Expansion campaign wins an award!

Bristol Friends of the Earth - a key member of the coalition - has been awarded the Earthmovers Campaign of the Year 2006 at the Friends of the Earth national conference.

Read more about the award »

"Clearing the Air - the Myth and Reality of Aviation and Climate Change"

On 3rd July The European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) and CAN-Europa released a report that gives a damning overview of the impact of aviation on climate change, and also examines the economic importance of the aviation sector.

Download the report in full from the T&E website
Read a summary of the report »

"More Flights, More Floods" - Public Meeting in Bristol, Thursday 6th July

The Stop Bristol Airport Expansion coalition organised a public meeting to allow everyone to hear the arguments and express their views. The speakers were Jeremy Birch from Bristol Friends of the Earth, Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West, and Ian Ross from Bristol University's department of geographical Sciences.

Read The Evening Post's article online »
Read or download Jeremy's and Ian's presentations »

Bristol Airport bans protesters

Bristol Friends of the Earth is fiercely opposing plans by BIA to outlaw any demonstrations, protests or public assemblies being held on the airport site.

Read the press release about the proposed changes Green Belt press release (word document) (104 Kb)

European Day of Action on Aviation, Saturday 10th June

Campaign groups from all over Europe took part in local events to highlight the rapidly growing level of opposition to airport expansion across Europe and to show national governments, the European Commission and the aviation industry that there is co-ordinated Europe-wide opposition. The SBAE campaign held a protest event on the morning of June 10th to join in with the Day of Action.
Read the press release »

"No Flightpath over Bath" - Public Meeting, 18th May

This well-attended public meeting proved to be a great success and resulted in all present, including Bath MP Don Foster, signing up to support the campaign.
Read or download Jeremy Birch's presentation »

Airport car park plan turned down

Bristol Airport cannot expand car parking at the southern side of the site for the next five years, a government planning inspector ruled.
Read more on the BBC website »

Bristol Airport consultation report published

Jeremy Birch's response: "Lots of 'need to communicate' and not much 'need to change', most critically BIA hasn't looked at the biggest issue - climate change - at all"

Download the full report from the Bristol Airport website Bristol Airport consultation report (pdf document) (1.5Mb)
Download the executive summary Bristol Airport consultation report exec summary (pdf document) (36Kb)

SBAE recently hit the local press to let the public know about the issues

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Times poll shows half of voters are in favour of new taxes on air travel

Read The Times article online »

13 Year Old Demonstrates at BIA

13 year old Ellie Silk of Redhill led a demonstration at Bristol Airport against its plans. Her protest was covered by the Evening Post.
Read the Evening Post article online »

Bristol Friends of the Earth's response to the Draft Masterplan

Jeremy Birch of Bristol FoE has drafted an official response to the proposals.
Read the response to the expansion masterplan »

Peter Ainsworth's speech to the Royal Aeronautical Society

Peter Ainsworth MP gave an excellent speech at the Greener By Design Conference held by the Royal Aeronautical Society on Wednesday 2nd November 2005. It highlights the fundamental flaws of the Governments aviation white paper.
Read the text of Peter Ainsworth's speech »

Special SPED Meeting a Success!

A motion recommending the delay of expansion at Bristol International Airport (BIA) was passed by North Somerset Council at the special meeting held on Decmber 20th.

Read about the panel's recommendations

Petition Tony Blair to stop Stansted Airport expansion

The group "Stop Stansted Expansion" (SSE) would very much appreciate your help in signing their e-petition against further Stansted expansion.

Tony Blair has set up a website for e-petitions and one of SSE's members has created one on Stansted expansion. The wording is:

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Stop the further
expansion of Stansted Airport beyond 25 million passengers per annum."

To sign, go to http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Stansted

uk warming 1914-2005See how the UK has warmed in the past century

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Climate change to cost £trillions

"If the Government is truly listening, the findings of this report should influence national policy on aviation away from expansion and this in turn will have huge implications for the planned expansion at Bristol International airport" - Jeremy Birch, SBAE

Read the HM Treasury press release »
Read the full report on the HM Treasury website »
Download our press release Stern report press release (word document) (108 Kb)

Liam Fox MP and John Penrose MP: "Airport's Expansion Crash Lands with MPs"

Local Conservative MPs Liam Fox and John Penrose launched a scathing attack on the proposed expansion plans.

Read Dr Liam Fox MP and John Penrose MP's letter in full »
Read the article in the Evening Post »

Stephen Williams MP backs the campaign

The latest copy of "Bristol Reporter" - the newsletter produced by the Liberal Democrats for Bristol Residents - features a major article describing Stephen Williams' opposition to expansion plans. "Climate chaos is 'too important to ignore' says Lib Dem MP".

Bristol City Council: "serious concern" about Bristol Airport expansion plans

Bristol's first Green Party councillor Charlie Bolton's motion opposing Bristol Airport Expansion was passed with amendments at the Council meeting on September 12th. Bristol Friends of the Earth's Jeremy Birch described this as "a historic position for the council to take". The amended motion was approved unanimously.

Read the motion passed by BCC »
Read the article in the Evening Post »
Read the press release Green Belt press release (word document) (111 Kb)

whitelegg reportThe Whitelegg Report

World authority on sustainable transport Professor John Whitelegg dispels the myth that airport expansion is good for the economy.
Read the Whitelegg report »