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|"We are not prepared to be ignored any longer"|
|Saturday, 15 October 2005 09:12|
There was a packed public meeting at Bitterne Park Secondary School last night (Oct 14). As planes flew over the meeting hall towards the runway, local residents heard from invited guest speakers, and discussed the airport's plans for expansion and how to oppose them. Airport operator BAA, currently consulting with "all key stakeholders" until the end of the month over their plans, and Eastleigh Borough Council, the airport's planning authority, were noted by various speakers as being conspicuous by their absence from the platform.
John Denham MP, who chaired the meeting, summarised viewpoints aired by the community, saying: "We have actually had enough as things are at the moment. Whatever happens, we're not prepared to accept that it should get worse."
There was broad agreement when he concluded the meeting, noting what needs to happen now:
The meeting also heard from:
More reports from the meeting soon on bitternepark.info
Read the full closing speech here
Eastleigh Borough Council - Full council meeting
Thursday 20 October 2005 at 7.00pm Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9YN (not 6 pm as previously published!)
Telephone: 023 8068 8068
The Council will receive the recommendations of the Cabinet concerning the Council's response to the Southampton Airport Outline Masterplan Consultation Draft.
More info here
In the news:
The Southern Daily Echo today reported on its front page how a plane 'sucked tiles' from a local resident's roof.
Praise for Southampton Airport from Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne
Tim Knight, Hampshire County Councillor Executive Member for Environment, on the airport