Simple Flying - Luke Bodell
Campaigners claim the airport's expansion plans will harm the local environment and hinder climate targets.
Local councilors have reaffirmed their opposition against Bristol Airport's expansion proposals due to concerns over its environmental impact. A High Court review later this year will determine whether the airport's expansion plans will go ahead. We take a closer look below.
The Bath & North East Somerset Council is the latest local authority to oppose the expansion, joining North Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority.
Councilor Shelley Bromley explained,
"The Inspector’s decision at appeal to allow Bristol Airport’s plans for an extra 2 million passengers a year has caused widespread local dismay. It not only flies in the face of local democracy, but also of all attempts to tackle the Climate Emergency, not least the government’s own stated aims of achieving zero carbon by 2050. Local residents already suffer from noise, pollution and traffic congestion related to the airport. These problems will only get worse with the planned additional flights and passengers. Bristol Airport Action Network are now taking the decision to the High Court, and I am delighted B&NES Council has agreed to back them."