Protestors set up camp at airport

A GROUP of environmental campaigners were setting up a permanent camp last nightto protest against the proposed expansion of an airport.The camp was being set up on land near Stansted Airport which would, under planning proposals, be used to develop a new runway to help cope with the anticipated increase in air traffic over the next few years.

A GROUP of environmental campaigners were setting up a permanent camp last nightto protest against the proposed expansion of an airport.

The camp was being set up on land near Stansted Airport which would, under planning proposals, be used to develop a new runway to help cope with the anticipated increase in air traffic over the next few years.

Around 100 protesters were expected to set up camp on common land in the village of Molehill Green and have vowed to stay put until the expansion plans have been dropped.

Frances Duncan, 57, of the protest group Runway Noway, said if the new runway went ahead it would have a devastating impact on the environment.


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She said around 100 homes in Molehill Green would be lost including many listed buildings, an ancient monument and a wet woodland of special scientific interest.

"These plans will mean the loss of a whole village as well as a massive increase in global warming. At the moment 85% of pollution is caused by cargo and passenger flights.

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"We want to see flights and fuel more heavily taxed. Why should people be able to fly across the continent for less than £10?"

Ms Duncan said under the plans six square miles of common law land are under threat, to make way for an estimated increase of 10million flights per year.

"They say it will create jobs but we have full employment in the area. We do not need to concrete over the south east,' she said.

Ms Duncan said the protesters were expecting police to try to stop them setting up the camp.

"We are anticipating that police will be there but we won't let that stop us,' she said.

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