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Call on Greater Manchester councils to respect the Stansted decision

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Planes approaching Stansted Airport. Credit: Ronnie Macdonald from Chelmsford, United Kingdom / CC BY (

In January, Uttlesford District Council (UDC) decided to reject plans to expand Stansted Airport because of the adverse impacts on climate change, air pollution and noise.

But the airport’s owner, Manchester Airport Holdings (MAG), is now trying to overturn the decision.  

This will mean more public money wasted on legal fees, and more uncertainty for long-suffering local residents.

As MAG is part owned by the ten local authorities in Greater Manchester, our councils have real influence over what happens at Stansted.

The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, and Rochdale councillor John Blundell represent the ten Greater Manchester authorities on MAG’s board.

Call on Leese & Blundell to respect local democracy and accept the Stansted decision

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