Local resident’s join fight back against Bristol Airport expansion

Local resident’s join fight back against Bristol Airport expansion

Bristol Airport’s proposed plans for expansion have been met with resistance by local residents and anti-aviation groups.

The airport’s ‘Master Plan’ looks to accommodate an extra 12 million passengers a year by 2045.

National anti-aviation group Plane Stupid said: “There is no way that catastrophic climate change can be avoided if we continue on the current trends in aviation already without any expansion.”

The airport is seeking local opinions on their proposal and have hosted six ‘consultation events’, with a further seven scheduled in the new year.

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Bristol Airport has outlined three potential layouts for the airport; all propose an expansion of the main terminal, transport networks and aircraft taxiways.

The airport’s ‘Master Plan’ was originally proposed in 2006, but was met with resistance from local pressure group Stop Bristol Airport Expansion. While they have yet to make an official comment on the new plans, they have confirmed that their members are looking into it.

“Airport expansion in this context is totally irresponsible – and given the facts of who is causing climate change and who is affected – continuing a pattern of Co2Lonialim.”

National anti-aviation group Plane Stupid have spoken against the proposal; they are concerned over the environmental impacts of airport expansion.

Plane Stupid said: “Airport expansion in this context is totally irresponsible – and given the facts of who is causing climate change and who is affected – continuing a pattern of Co2Lonialim.”

Plane Stupid protesting against 'Co2Lonialim'. Credit: Plane Stupid
Plane Stupid protesting against ‘Co2Lonialim’. Credit: Plane Stupid

Local resident, Richard Lloyd, echoes Plane Stupid’s apprehension.

Lloyd said: “Aren’t we supposed to be not producing CO2? The worst thing we can do is go on holiday and produce more CO2. I think it’s good for business, but flying must be the worst, surely.”

Ivan Jackson lives in Westbury-on-Trym, he has also voiced his concerns over the proposals, but his main concern is the land acquisition needed for such a large scale development.

Jackson said: “The current terminal is busting at the seams. Its location is sadly not ideal but the option of relocation and starting again elsewhere has now sadly passed and we need to work with what we have. The expansion needs to proceed tastefully bearing in mind the airport’s relatively rural location.”


While many locals have spoken out against the expansion, some are in favour of having a larger airport nearby. Alan Graves, a film producer who travels internationally for work and lives in Long Ashton, welcomes the proposals. He said he moved to the area because of its strong transport links.

“I think regional airports should expand to give strength to regional areas and if it offers more places to be able to go, the better. It’s a far less stressful experience than going to Heathrow.”

Simon Earles, Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, is keen to hear locals thoughts during the consultation period which will end at midnight on the 26th January 2018.

Earles said: “We want to know what is important to our neighbours, passengers, airlines and business partners so we can take these opinions into account as we develop more detailed proposals.”

 

 

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