SAEN agrees with Council

For immediate release

SAEN[1] has learned this morning that Southend Borough Council is publishing their legal costs in defending their decision to permit the runway extension at Southend Airport. We too have spent tens of thousands of pounds on the legal action and agree with them that it is a waste of money.

Had the Council taken any notice of the consultations they held on both the Joint Area Action Plan for the airport and the planning application, they would not have pursued this incredibly damaging scheme and we would not have had to fight it.

At no stage has the plan received proper independent scrutiny and all of the evidence considered by the Council in making its decision was supplied by the airport themselves.

The Council has poured over £14m of public money into the airport since they sold it for one pound in 1994 and the town has seen absolutely no benefit from this money. Instead, the money could have been spent on vital public services which are now being cut.

SAEN spokesman, Denis Walker, said “The big claim made by the airport and councillors alike was that this would bring over a thousand jobs to the area. The airport now say it will be 500 and at least 150 of those will be existing easyJet staff relocating from Stansted.

“We are getting a sixth London airport by stealth and the so-called benefits are completely outweighed by the misery it will bring to those living under the flight path.”

SAEN’s lawyers are exploring the options that remain, including taking the case to the European courts.

ENDS.

Notes to Editors

  1. “Stop Airport Extension Now” (SAEN) was formed to campaign against the runway extension at Southend Airport. The group is not opposed to the Airport itself, which has co-existed with the residents of Southend for many years. SAEN is against the runway extension, which would lead to a massive increase in flights and destroy the lives of the people living, working or going to school anywhere near the flightpath.

For further information:

  • Contact Denis Walker, Press Officer SAEN (Stop Airport Extension Now)
  • Visit the SAEN website – http://saen.org.uk/

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