West leaders vote to oppose Bristol Airport expansion

The West of England Combined Authority’s Joint Committee has today voted to officially oppose the latest plans to expand Bristol Airport.

The move has been welcomed by environmental groups including Friends of the Earth South West and Bristol Airport Action Network.

It marks a change in direction for the Combined Authority which is now led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris and who proposed the motion to oppose the expansion.

Bath & North East Somerset Council leader Kevin Guy, South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage and the leader of North Somerset Council Don Davies voted in favour of the motion, while Bristol’s Deputy Mayor Craig Cheney, representing the city council, abstained.

The Metro Mayor will now send the motion to the Planning Inspectorate. A public inquiry is currently under way into the airport’s appeal against North Somerset Council’s decision to refuse major expansion plans.

Tonight Mr Norris said: “I am delighted that my motion has been passed. I oppose the latest plans to expand Bristol Airport. The plans badly-judged, badly-timed, and bad for our planet.

“Bristol Airport has not hit previous passenger targets, and now is certainly not the time to seek to expand its flight numbers still further.

“This vote sends an important signal to people living across the West of England that politicians are prepared to show moral leadership and listen to public opinion.

“The vast majority of people understand we are in the midst of a climate and biodiversity emergency, and that we must take action now, instead of sitting on our hands and doing ‘more of the same’.”

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