Campaigners anger over airport expansion sparks protest

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 September 2019

Ben Moss scales Bristol Airports monument on Thursday.Picture: Pete Brownlee

Ben Moss scales Bristol Airports monument on Thursday.Picture: Pete Brownlee

Pete Brownlee

A protest against Bristol Airport’s expansion was held on Thursday.

A protest against Bristol Airport on Thursday.Picture: Pete BrownleeA protest against Bristol Airport on Thursday.Picture: Pete Brownlee

More than 50 people took to the streets to fight against the company's blueprints to increase the size of its terminal, improve road access and bolster its parking capacity.

The number of passengers which pass through Bristol Airport's doors will rise to a maximum of 12 million per year by 2025, if North Somerset Council approves the plans.

Anti-expansion campaign leader, Bill Roberts, said: "The airport expansion would be terrible in terms of carbon emissions, traffic gridlock, noise and pollution in the area.

A protest was held outside Bristol Airport on Thursday.Picture: Bill RobertsA protest was held outside Bristol Airport on Thursday.Picture: Bill Roberts

MORE: Bristol Airport plans to increase size of terminal and to double passenger numbers



"Expansion relies on the belief that we can keep taking more and more from earth and act oblivious to the consequences, which are seen every week around the world in forest fires, heat waves and melting glaciers."

Airport bosses say an increase in routes available from Lulsgate would cut car emissions as fewer people would drive to London to fly across the world.

For more informations about the plans, search for 18/P/5118/OUT on North Somerset's planning portal.

A protest against Bristol Airport on Thursday.Picture: Pete BrownleeA protest against Bristol Airport on Thursday.Picture: Pete Brownlee

Ben Moss scales Bristol Airports monument on Thursday.Picture: Mary CollettBen Moss scales Bristol Airports monument on Thursday.Picture: Mary Collett


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