Aviation expansion is wiping established communities off the map


At its seven airports across the UK BAA is proposing the biggest single programme of airport expansion that the UK has ever seen.

The industry is looking for new runways at Stansted, Heathrow, Edinburgh and possibly Glasgow, with significant increases in flights at Gatwick, Aberdeen and Southampton. (HACAN Clearskies)

These expansions, if approved, would see the demolition of entire swathes of countryside, as well as forced dispersals of large and established communities as the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee noted: the growth the government foresees will require "the equivalent of another Heathrow every 5 years." (Select Committee on Environmental Audit, 10th March 2004, Third Report)