No to Bristol Airport expansion - Downloader
Much of the argument for the expansion has been based around the benefits to poorer people. However, people have looked at evidence from a study taken in Luton, and discovered that it is in fact not the people on low incomes who are mainly using cheap flights. We also looked carefully at studies that had been written on potential economic consequences if Bristol Airport were to grow.
These included the Tym Report which was carried out for Bristol International Airport in October 2005, as well as the Whitelegg Report which was done for the Parish Councils and Friends of the Earth in late 2005. They looked at previous events and forecasts, and made various predictions about financial growth, jobs at Bristol airport, in the supply chain for the airport, from incoming tourism, and from building.
Losses to the local economy
They also implied there would be losses to the economy of the West Country if more tourists use cheaper flights to go away for short periods of time. Many people argue that one solution would be to maximise upon the great tourist potential of this part of the world. There is the amazing, vibrant city of Bristol with its suspension bridge and docks, as well Bath very closeby which is known for its Roman baths and beautiful yellow-stoned architecture.
We were shocked to find that the predictions of financial benefit in the report were reached by pretty much not paying attention the future energy crunch, oil price rises, impending green taxes, alterations in business behaviour to cut down on carbon emissions, and the results of recession.
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This website is made in support of the opposition to the expansion of Bristol airport. It is being constructed in order to serve more of the south west, even though there are already international airports in Plymouth, Exeter, Bournemouth and Southampton.
Will the airport expansion be good for Bristol? The city’s Public Health medical advisors faced this question in 2006 during the discussion about more flights and broadened facilities.
The welfare of people in this city depends on many things, such as a thriving economy, the quality of the locations we live in, education for our kids, the food we consume, the opportunities for secure and fun physical activity, an equal and tranquil society and more. So as Public Health specialists we must look carefully at all the topics.
We all knew that growing Bristol Airport was said to be necessary because it would make jobs and because everyone apparently wants to take more flights. But the negatives were becoming tougher to ignore.
What are the negatives?
The amount of aircraft noise will increase, as will the volume of traffic and congestion through nearby communities. This will harm health, welfare and education for a large proportion of those living in the area.
We knew that the damage caused by sound, heavy traffic, and manmade climate change were well backed by proof.
But we had to be certain that we were not missing potential positive effects on health from newly created jobs, and from more people on lower incomes being able to now travel abroad.
The main argument in favour of this expansion is that it would bring many much needed jobs to Bristol and Somerset, as well as offer plenty cheaper holidays. While these are obviously good bonuses, they have to be weighed against the damage to the environment. For more information about US aviation click here