Tory council whips through huge environmentally unsound Stansted airport expansion against wishes of residents and more than 40 parish councils

R4U is disappointed that the Conservative led Uttlesford District Council has pushed through a huge expansions of Stansted Airport against many residents wishes and without the estimated £1.2 billon of required rail and motorway upgrades, and mitigation of environmental and community impacts.

Stansted Airport has secured planning approval from Uttlesford District Council to significantly expand airport capacity to 43 million passengers a year; last year 25.9 million used it.

John Lodge (R4U) John Lodge (R4U)

Residents for Uttlesford chair Cllr John Lodge said “Uttlesford District Council has just approved Stansted Airport to grow to the current size of Gatwick. The airport is a large employer and economically important to the region, but it is a business that is run for profit. That means that on behalf of residents, R4U demands that it must pay its way as well as being environmental sound. The proposal that was whipped through by the Conservative council cabinet is poor and does not serve the future of the district well. That is why R4U, more than 40 parish councils, and 1/2 the district planning committee don’t support it.”

“At the planning meeting the 3 R4U committee members questioned, probed, and championed on behalf of residents. The council was not able to properly answer the most basic questions on the environmental and other impacts. The council leadership also failed to secure the estimated £1.2 billon of road and rail upgrades from the airport required to support the expansion – even though Department for Transport Secretary of State has confirmed to us that he expects the airport to pay for the required infrastructure improvements. As a result our local environment, communities and transport will all be worse off. We will now write again to the Secretary of State to ‘call in’ this application for national determination.”

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north-west Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for local people. The party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.

R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 it became the second party at Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. Success has been based on the group’s desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
Residents for Uttlesford also has numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt its finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards.

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3 thoughts on “Tory council whips through huge environmentally unsound Stansted airport expansion against wishes of residents and more than 40 parish councils

  1. Lynne

    We must take this further right to the top . They cannot be allowed to ignore the councils and voters who said NO! Thank you for all you are doing. Obviously it’s money talking and probably changing hands but unless the government want more trouble they must listen to the voters . All councillors who voted for this take note… your time is up your voters will vote you out

    • R4U Post author

      The district council elections are next May. We agree voters need to pay attention. All the Conservatives members on the planning committee hardly said a thing all meeting. They clearly had no questions or felt none of their constituents questions were worth answering. Apart from Mark Lemon, they all sat quietly and voted for it, following the party line.

  2. Angela hunt

    Stop the handshakes and dodgy deals with big business if they were made to play full taxes and decent wages and benefits this kind of deal behind closed doors wouldn’t happen.


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