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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Southend Airport protest

Press Release

12.20pm Saturday 29th October  for immediate use

Note:  new number for press information 07584955708


16 Protestors Arrested at Southend Airport


16 protestors, who occupied the runway at Southend Airport , have been arrested by Essex Police.  It is believed they are being held at Southend Police Station. Campaigners from Plane Stupid and Climate Rush entered the airport shortly after 9am this morning.  The protest is against the planned expansion of Southend Airport .

Plane Stupid installed solar panels on the runway.  Campaigners from Climate Rush, dressed as pilots and cabin crew, were on a nearby footpath performing a dance routine (1).

A spokeswoman for the protestors said: “Southend Council say the expansion will bring jobs.  But investment in renewable energy would create many more jobs without damaging the climate.  What we need is solar power not plane power.  The bigger runway is bad for climate change, bad for local residents under the flight path and is not needed to help the local economy.” 

Southend Airport has been bought by Stobarts, the logistics firm.  Easyjet has announced that it plans to start operating commercial flights from the airport in spring 2012.

There has been a major local campaign.  It has focused on the impact the airport would have on the thousands of people who will live under the flight paths.

ENDS

Notes for Editors:

(1). Climate Rush are dressed as pilots and cabin crew with a Britney dance routine and doctored words to TOXIC:

SOUTHEND CAN’T YOU SEE
THEY’RE ROARING
AIRPORT EXPANSION SHOULD COME WITH A WARNING
IT’S DANGEROUS
GLOBAL WARMING

AND THE LIES OF THE AIRPORT WE CAN’T ABIDE
THEIR TOXIC FUMES CHOKING OVER
WITH THE NOISE FROM THIS POISONED PARADISE
IT’S OUR WARNING TO YOU: DON’T YOU KNOW THAT THEY’RE TOXIC
AND YOU’LL HATE WHAT THEY DO: DON’T YOU KNOW THAT THEY’RE TOXIC.

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