The end of the threat to ancient woodland, that is!
The Coalition Government has published its programme for governing. It includes, along with many other pledges, this:
‘We will refuse permission for additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted.’
Could this mean that G2 at Stansted is off the cards for BAA? We’re not the only ones who are cautious in welcoming this pledge. There are still wranglings to be dealt with between the Competition Commission and BAA about ownership, plus a potential public inquiry. And in any case a new runway at Gatwick is not an option until at least 2019. But there’s no doubt that the strength of feeling against increased aviation at Stansted or Gatwick, as well as at Heathrow, reaches the highest level of decision-making now. For the moment anyway, it’s good news for the campaigners – and most importantly for the environment.
Check out the full programme, and share your views through our website: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/coalition-headlines