No new runways – time to get active

Green Party Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali

Green Party Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali

This autumn, the Government will decide whether to build a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow.

The Commission it appointed to advise on this difficult question concluded that the new runway should go at Heathrow – but also said that Gatwick presents a “plausible case for expansion”.

Expansion at either airport would be a disaster – in terms of climate change, noise, air pollution and community blight.

No new runway needed

We don’t need a new runway at Gatwick, Heathrow, or anywhere else.

Already more passengers fly in and out of London than any other city in the world.

Nine of the ten most popular destinations from Heathrow are short-haul flights. Existing rail services offer workable alternatives on most of these routes, freeing up landing slots for longer haul flights, addressing airport capacity problems. As trains are ten times less polluting than planes this would also be better for the environment.

While local campaigners fight against expansion at ‘their’ airport, Greens are bringing all anti-airport-expansion campaigners together to call for no runway expansion anywhere.  Please join us!

How you can get involved

Reigate & Banstead Green Party co-Chair Sarah Finch at Redhill Common

Reigate & Banstead Green Party co-Chair Sarah Finch at Redhill Common

We will be discussing aviation and airport expansion at our local members’ meeting on Monday 17 August – doors open at 7:30pm for 8pm start – the Friends Meeting House, 47 Reigate Road, 47 Reigate Road, RH2 0QT. We’ve got some ideas for action – it would be great to hear yours too.  All are welcome.

The regional Green Party is hosting an event in London on Saturday 12 September to explore a new direction and proposals to stop airport expansion once and for all.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Alice Bows-Larkin (Tyndall Centre); Jonathan Essex (South East Green Party chair); Leo Murray (A Free Ride); Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth); Brendon Sewill (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign); John Stewart, Hacan; Christine Taylor (Stop Heathrow Expansion); and Keith Taylor MEP.

Upload your photo to our Map of Plane Misery

Green Cllr Bryn Truscott

Please support our campaign. Take a photo of yourself with our #NONEWRUNWAYS sign (click here to download the sign as a PDF you can print) in a location special to you which is blighted by aviation. This might be down to noisy planes, poor air quality, roads congested with airport traffic, threatened buildings or countryside.

Upload your image to this page

We will use the pictures to create a Map of Plane Misery to present at our event on September 12.




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