R4U disappointed by Stansted Airport expansion approval that prioritises business profits over our environment

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is disappointed in the approval of a large-scale expansion of Stansted Airport, and calls on the Secretary of State to reverse the decision so that the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget law emission targets can be met.

Dan Starr (R4U Chair) Dan Starr (R4U Chair)

R4U party chair Dan Starr said “R4U is bitterly disappointed with the appeal decision because we believe that growing Stansted Airport to the size of Gatwick is incompatible with the new UK legislation that limits emissions to well-below 1990s levels. We have no argument with the airport itself; we just believe that our environment should be put ahead of the profits of one business. It is a sad day for Uttlesford and the UK as a whole.”

Dan Starr continued “All over the world we’ve seen people-power stepping in where governments fail in their obligations to protect our planet. At Residents for Uttlesford we fully support the decision made by the vast majority of Uttlesford District Councillors from all parties who voted to do just that with respect to this damaging expansion. It was always going to be a challenge for any new UDC administration to overturn the poison-pill that was the prior approval granted by the previous Conservative administration, but it was important to do so.”

Dan Starr concluded “We believe that green-lighting both the Stansted and recent Heathrow expansions prevents the government from meeting its legal obligations under the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget law; and undermines its credibility for hosting the COP26 Climate Change summit in Glasgow. We shall now urge UDC to write to the Secretary of State to ask that the decision be reversed, as was recently done for a proposed coal mine in Cumbria. It is time that the government put our environment first.”

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties. R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In the May 2019 R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK. In 2021 the party won half the Essex County Council seats in Uttlesford district.

R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.