Gambling with environment

PUBLISHED: 11:37 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 15:01 12 May 2010

AFTER reading BAA s latest Plane Talk with its usual emphasis on consultation Your views are important to us and its, as always, grand assumption that nothing but nothing will stop the building of the second runway at Stansted, one is left with the inev

AFTER reading BAA's latest Plane Talk with its usual emphasis on consultation "Your views are important to us" and its, as always, grand assumption that nothing but nothing will stop the building of the second runway at Stansted, one is left with the inevitable conclusions that the views of thousands of people do not matter.

We come now to the vital question of climate change and the part played in that by road and air travel.

It should come as no surprise that all the statements BAA makes on this enormously important issue for the future of our planet are contradictory: "We are determined to build on our success, 39% of our passengers travel here by public transport, reducing the growth in car travel", and a few paragraphs on "Providing extra road capacity after looking at the level of increased demand it is proposed to improve the M11 between the M25 and Stansted by widening the road to four lanes in each direction and build a new M11 junction to provide improved access to the airport".

What is this but increasing the numbers of vehicles using the motorways?

I can only suppose that the airport authority and the Transport Secretary can only regard the climate change legislation planned to be a whitewashing exercise, in an attempt to appear truly concerned while at the same time they do nothing whatsoever to reverse the situation.

Now is not the time to plough ahead regardless. It is the time to have the courage to acknowledge that in spite of growing passenger numbers, in spite of commercial interests, that is a time for responsible action both on the part of large companies and of individuals.

We are gambling with the well-being of many of the world's people and our natural environment if we prefer to go ahead regardless.

MARGARET HUNTER

High Street, Meldreth


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