Airport appeal brews up a storm

PUBLISHED: 10:11 08 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

Pic: Dick Harding

Pic: Dick Harding

A GIANT barometer will measure the progress of Stop Stansted Expansion s £100,000 fundraising efforts for its fight against the airport s owners at a public enquiry in the New Year. The pressure group launched the appeal in Thaxted Churchyard on Saturday

A GIANT barometer will measure the progress of Stop Stansted Expansion's £100,000 fundraising efforts for its fight against the airport's owners at a public enquiry in the New Year.

The pressure group launched the appeal in Thaxted Churchyard on Saturday, in response to BAA's decision to appeal against Uttlesford District Council's rejection of their application to remove a passenger cap last week.

Campaign director Carol Barbone said: "Over £10,000 has already been pledged by the community in the last week, even before the appeal was announced and offers of support from other communities affected by airports around the country are also being made.

"We intend to play a full and active role in representing the community at the public inquiry through its established volunteer team and in the form of expert witnesses and legal advisers.

"Estimates are that to fund this it will cost about £100,000 - a sum which will need to be raised quickly to enable us to commission the specialists who will be vital in challenging BAA."

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can visit www.stopstanstedexpansion.com or send a cheque, payable to SSE, to SSE, PO Box 311, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, Herts CM22 6PY.

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