methods of redress had been tried prior to the protest action in May 2010.
if the previous government had pressed ahead with plans to add a third runway
to Heathrow Airport – joined forces with Manchester campaigners in a
currently earmaked for demolition if expansion plans go ahead.
because ordinary people came together, joined forces and took on the aviation
industry. We’ve linked up with residents in Manchester and Heathrow and we’ll
continue to challenge Manchester Airport’s expansion plans."
making our views heard had been tried. Whilst the Council continues to impose
expansion of the airport onto local people, we will continue to oppose it."
given that other methods of redress had been explored. The witness statements
of Manchester Councillor Martin Eakins and Hasty Lane resident Peter Johnson were read out verbatim by the Defence Counsel. In the statement, Eakins described
his close involvement in the campaign to Save Hasty Lane, including making official
representations to the Wythenshawe Area Committee, petitions and letters to national
"I feel that all democratic avenues were exhausted and I think it is reasonable
to say that the only way avenue to achieve carbon reductions through traditional
politics in this case was closed."
"We are now in a position where help and support from other areas in continuing
to oppose the decision means that another route must be used if we are to halt
this and/or further expansion already proposed or identified by the airport."
– for a cause we should all be worried about. This isn’t just a matter of concern
for those of us living at Hasty Lane – the expansion of the Airport will have
effects on the whole of Manchester, and the world too. Sadly, actions like these
are seldom recognised as being right at the time, but the fight continues."
plus were ordered to pay £460 in costs each plus a £15 ‘victim surcharge’ each.
Manchester Airport protest trial: Day 1
fines of on average £300 each. The trial continues as 2 defendants plead not guilty, and argue that due to the local democratic deficit and the threat to local homes,
biodiversity spots and the climate from the expansion of the airport, their actions
constituted a reasonable use of the highway.
Manchester activists in Court for runway closure
temporarily shutting it down. They did this to reduce CO2 emissions that the airport
is responsible for annually and in opposition to plans to destroy family homes
at Hasty Lane, and local biodiversity, to expand the World Freight Centre. The
first trial, of 11 people who face charges of obstruction of the highway of the
road access to the World Freight Centre starts on 6th Dec. 6