On Sunday 4th August, as many as 8,000 people gathered at Notre Dame des Landes as part of a weekend of protest against the planned new airport for Nantes. People have again come from all over France to show their support for the airport opposition. In the morning, they flew some 1,000 or so kites, many that had been made in preceding weeks and many with slogans on them. The aim of the kite flying was symbolically to occupy the skies and show that the skies above the Notre Dame des Landes bocage countryside (the site chosen for the kite flying is due to be an airport terminal) are free; the campaigners intend these skies to remain free from planes. Some of the kites read, in French, “Pour que nos libertés occupent le ciel” and “Le ciel libre aux hommes libres” (“For our freedom occupy the sky”, “Free sky to free men” ). The two day gathering had a festival atmosphere, with music (musicians playing under a sign that read “Un aéroport à NDDL, jamais !”) and also lectures and speeches. ACIPA has been organized a summer gathering for 13 years on the same site, but this was the largest yet.
Notre-Dame-des-Landes: Opponents’ “occupy the sky “
4.8.2013 ( 20minutes.fr)
ECOLOGY – Thousands of people gathered Sunday to say no to airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes in a festive atmosphere …
An armada of kites against Airbus and Boeing: opponents of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project, which gathered thousands of supporters this weekend north of Nantes, chose to occupy the skies too, to influence the government.
Keep the air space
On a vast field of freshly harvested wheat there are concerts and conferences until Sunday evening, with the organizers working to make a thousand kites designed to symbolically keep the airspace above the Nantes countryside.
On the ground, two young women squatting write a message on a large red and white triangular kite “so that our freedoms occupy the sky.” “The open sky to free men,” reads one of these messages.
The ACIPA, the leading association of historical opponents of the airport project in the 1960s, claimed more than 8,000 participants in festive gathering Saturday from 20:00, while the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique were counted between 3500 -4 000 three hours earlier.
The ACIPA, which has organized this summer gathering for 13 years on the site which is planned for the future airport terminal, have never done things on such a large scale, with a bloated security service, capitals, and a giant scene which musicians parading under a sign proclaiming “An airport NDDL, never! “. (“Un aéroport à NDDL, jamais !”)
Tryo and Sanseverino
Other festival-goers were expected to attend the concerts of musicians known as Tryo and Sanseverino until late Sunday night. Many artists have rallied since the police attempted to evacuate the site in October to make way for excavators, observes Julien Durand, spokesman for the ACIPA.
This initiative has boosted the fight against the project entrusted construction group Vinci, and which should have been ready in 2017. At that point the government requested additional studies on the project and the police withdrew in April.
“Another model of society”
“The symbolism of this place is the resistance,” told AFP jazzman Lubat Bernard, a former musician Claude Nougaro happened Saturday. The mindset that prevails in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, “I knew the Larzac,” recalls the musician, who made the connection with jazz “music revolt of people who are released of slavery. ”
The rally saw as a separate society, where money does not reign. “It’s good to be with people who have the same desires, the same ideas, the same visions of society,” says Nicolas Dhervaux, 33, came from nearby Morbihan with his girlfriend Marie-Cécile, Assistant to education like him in a vocational school.
Access to the festival is free, but spectators are strongly encouraged on their arrival to contribute towards expenses. “People give an average of between 5 and 20 euros,” says Miriam, cashier installed in a trailer at the entrance. “It sometimes goes up to 50 euros, people are very generous,” she said.
Ayrault in the crosshairs
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault , Mayor of Nantes and former strong supporter of the airport project, is in the crosshairs. “It would be better to recognize that he lost on that shot,” slice Maria Theresa, a native of the nearby village of retired Bouvron, which carries a sticker with the words “Not to the airport and to the world” .
“We came here to defend our farmers colleagues. But the fundamental issue is calling for another model of society, “says the old farmer, who said he campaigned for the first time against the airport project” 43 years ago. ”
But nobody dares to comment on the government’s intentions. “Mystery,” says Marie-Therese.
ECOLOGIE – Des milliers de personnes se rassemblent ce dimanche pour dire non à l’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes dans une ambiance festive…
Une armada de cerfs-volants contre des Airbus et des Boeing: les opposants au projet d’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes, qui ont rassemblé des milliers de sympathisants ce week-end au nord de Nantes, ont choisi d’occuper aussi le ciel pour faire plier le gouvernement.
Garder l’espace aérien
Sur l’immense champ de blé fraîchement moissonné où sont organisés concerts et conférences jusqu’à dimanche soir, les organisateurs s’activent à confectionner un millier de cerfs-volants destinés à garder symboliquement l’espace aérien au dessus du bocage nantais.
A même le sol, deux jeunes femmes accroupies écrivent un message sur un grand cerf-volant triangulaire rouge et blanc «pour que nos libertés occupent le ciel». «Le ciel libre aux hommes libres», peut-on lire sur un de ces messages.
L’Acipa, la principale association d’opposants historiques au projet d’aéroport qui remonte aux années 1960, a revendiqué plus de 8.000 participants au rassemblement festif à compter de samedi 20h00, tandis que la préfecture de Loire-Atlantique en avait dénombré entre 3.500 et 4.000 trois heures plus tôt.
L’Acipa, qui organise ce rassemblement estival depuis 13 ans sur le site prévu pour la future aérogare, n’avait jamais fait les choses en aussi grand, avec un service d’ordre pléthorique, des chapiteaux, des secouristes et une scène géante sur laquelle défilent les musiciens sous un panneau proclamant «Un aéroport à NDDL, jamais !»
Tryo et Sanseverino
D’autres festivaliers étaient attendus dimanche jusque tard dans la nuit pour assister aux concerts de musiciens connus comme Tryo et Sanseverino. Beaucoup d’artistes se sont mobilisés depuis que les forces de l’ordre ont tenté d’évacuer le site en octobre pour laisser la place aux pelleteuses, observe Julien Durand, porte-parole de l’Acipa.
Cette initiative a relancé la lutte contre le projet confié au groupe de BTP Vinci et qui doit voir le jour en 2017. Au point que le gouvernement a demandé des études complémentaires sur le projet et retiré les gendarmes en avril.
«Un autre modèle de société»
«La symbolique de ce lieu, c’est la résistance», confie à l’AFP le jazzman Bernard Lubat, un ancien musicien de Claude Nougaro qui s’est produit samedi. L’état d’esprit qui règne à Notre-Dame-des-Landes, «je l’ai connu au Larzac», se souvient le musicien, qui fait le lien avec le jazz, «musique de révolte de gens qui se sont libérés de l’esclavage».
Le rassemblement se vit comme une société à part, où l’argent ne règne pas. «Ca fait du bien de se retrouver avec des gens qui ont les mêmes envies, les mêmes idées, les mêmes visions de la société», confie Nicolas Dhervaux, 33 ans, venu du Morbihan voisin avec sa copine Marie-Cécile, assistante d’éducation comme lui dans un lycée professionnel.
L’accès au festival est gratuit, mais les spectateurs sont fortement incités à participer aux frais à leur arrivée. «Les gens donnent en moyenne entre cinq et 20 euros», témoigne Myriam, caissière installée dans une caravane à l’entrée. «Ca va parfois jusqu’à 50 euros, les gens sont très généreux», dit-elle.
Ayrault dans le collimateur
Le Premier ministre Jean-Marc Ayrault, ancien maire de Nantes et fervent partisan du projet d’aéroport, est dans le collimateur. «Il ferait mieux de reconnaître qu’il a perdu sur ce coup-là», tranche Marie-Thérèse, une retraitée originaire du proche village de Bouvron, qui porte un autocollant avec la mention «Non à l’aéroport et à son monde».
«On est venus défendre nos copains paysans. Mais la question de fond, c’est qu’on réclame un autre modèle de société», explique cette ancienne agricultrice, qui dit avoir milité pour la première fois contre le projet d’aéroport «il y a 43 ans».
Mais personne ne se risque à se prononcer sur les intentions du gouvernement. «Mystère», résume Marie-Thérèse.
This gesture is listed as one of the highlights of the now traditional summer gathering organized by the anti-airport. A way for them to occupy the sky to make the government of this airport project, “Thousand Kites, to assert that the sky at Notre Dame will remain free!” announces ACIPA.
See the video
NDDL: release of kites
The kites were made throughout the week by volunteers. “For our freedom occupy the sky”, “Free sky to free men” are some of the messages that can be read on these kites. The summer anti-airport gathering today continues on Sunday with debates and concerts. Tryo Lo’Jo or Sanseverino share including the scene today. 5,000 people attended the event on the site yesterday.
Some earlier news about the Nantes airport campaign:
Nearly 40,000 people form a 25km human chain surrounding site of proposed new Nantes airport
May 12, 2013
A huge number of protesters from across France organised themselves into a human chain in the early afternoon on Saturday. There are likely to have been almost 40,000 though the authorities give a lower attendance figure. The human chain surrounded the site of the proposed new Nantes airport, at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, with its two planned runways and new passenger terminal. The airport has been intended as a replacement for the current Nantes airport. Large numbers of people had come long distances to be there, many travelling overnight by bus, and then shared their picnics in a good natured event with a festive, but determined, spirit. The opponents of the new airport say that it is not needed, the economic arguments don’t stack up, it will increase carbon emissions, and will destroy valuable farmland and biodiversity. At the moment, the project is considerably delayed, but it is still going ahead. Its opponents want it stopped, and they show no sign of reducing their intense opposition. Click here to view full story… with many more photos …
Dialogue Commission on Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport reports: project delayed but confirmed
April 10, 2013 The dialogue commission looking into the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project at Nantes has produced its report. There were also two reports on the impact on water and wetland and impact on local agriculture. The commission has said that substantial adjustments are needed to the original draft of new airport designed to replace the existing Nantes Atlantique airport. This means there is an indefinite postponement. It had been planned to open in 2017. The dialogue commission has had to decide on the usefulness of the project , and also on changes and improvements needed to the project, to which is strongly opposed locally – and also by many across France. There now needs to be a new assessment of redevelopment costs of the existing Nantes Atlantique airport, and whether it could be adapted to take larger planes. Also the impact of a new airport on other airports nearby. The commission has questionned the way in which wetland would be dealt with, and the impact of loss of farms and farmland. Opponents now believe their concerns and opposition has been vindicated, but they will continue to occupy the land and fight the plans. Click here to view full story…
Over 250 people from across Europe attended the European Aviation Campaigners Conference in Munich at the weekend, where they heard accounts of campaigners against expansion in many different countries. The conference produced a manifesto which included a call for an end to night flights and an end to tax-breaks for the aviation industry. They also called for no more runways to be built in Europe, and a shift from short-haul flights to rail, the abolition of subsidies for the aviation sector and active control of noise. The conference also had sessions on effective campaigning, including direct action. Those who attended the conference came away inspired. They were in no doubt that the conference will stimulate collective across Europe to campaign for change. The united call is to ‘tame the aviation industry’. They say health, independent living, and an intact environment must have higher priority than economic interests.An English version of the Manifesto.
Link to the key speeches at the Munich Aviation Campaigners’ Conference. Apart from
those from John Stewart, they are in German but, if you do understand German, the one from Alexander Mahler, the young man talking about tax subsidies to aviation, is
well worth listening to. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt–jorSCOpE65lvxF8c1_w?feature=watch
Forging Links: European Aviation Campaigners’ Conference
Blog by John Stewart, Chair of HACAN and of AirportWatch
Last weekend’s conference in Munich showed just how vibrant the European movement against airport expansion has become. On Saturday (22nd June) over 250 campaigners from across Europe packed the sports centre in the small town of Attaching, just outside Munich, sharing ideas and plan Europe-wide campaigns.
Ten years ago this sort of conference would not have taken place. There was little Europe-wide contact between grassroots campaigners.
But all that has changed over the past decade.Campaigners have been in regular contact with each other, building up a European network.
And success has followed. A third runway has been stopped at Heathrow. Plans for new airports in Siena and Viterbo in Italy have been abandoned. The residents of Munich voted against a third runway in a referendum last March. There is huge opposition to the proposed new airport for Nantes in Western France. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Berlin to protest against airport expansion. And, of course, every Monday night for the last 18 months thousands of people have occupied the airport terminal at Frankfurt to protest against the impact of the fourth runway.
People at the conference shared campaigning techniques, including an excellent session on the role of direct action, led by Plane Stupid.
But Saturday’s conference didn’t just hear stories of protest. There were experts talking about the climate change, noise and air pollution impacts of aviation. And a powerful talk from Alexander Mahler of the think-tank Green Budget Germany outlining the billions lost to the economy as a result of the tax-free fuel that airlines enjoy.
The conference issued a manifesto. Key demands included an end to night flights and an end to the tax-free fuel from which aviation benefits. These demands will form the basis of Europe-wide campaigns over the coming year.
Campaigners across Europe are forging links like never before. They are determined to see the aviation industry tamed.
No Third Runway badges, at Munich
Attachinger Manifest Everybody has the right to sleep at night
Europa braucht eine gesellschaftliche Diskussion über Luftverkehr.
Ungeplant und unkoordiniert werden europaweit Flughäfen auf
Kosten der Bevölkerung ausgebaut. Dabei ist der wirtschaftliche
Nutzen nicht darstellbar.
Überall regt sich regionaler Widerstand der Bevölkerung. Dabei geht
es um gesellschaftliche Fragen wie Klimaschutz, die Finanzierbarkeit
von Großprojekten, aber auch persönliche Betroffenheiten bei der
Frage des Rechts auf körperliche Unversehrtheit, Schutz des
Eigentums und Bewahrung der Heimat.
Wir stellen fest: Die Probleme sind überall die gleichen – daher muss
die Diskussion von der regionalen Ebene auf die europäische Ebene
gehoben werden. Die Anwohner der unterschiedlichen Flughäfen
dürfen nicht weiter gegen einander ausgespielt werden.
Überall haben wir ein Recht auf Gesundheit, ein Recht auf Heimat
und Schutz des Eigentums und die Pflicht, unseren Kinder eine
lebenswerte, intakte Welt zu hinterlassen.
Daher organisieren wir uns in der Ersten Internationalen
Flughafenanwohnerkonferenz und stellen an unsere nationalen
Parlamente und des EU-Parlament folgende Forderungen:
• Achtstündiges Nachtflugverbot
• Abschaffung der Steuerprivilegien bei Umsatz- und
• Abbau der Subventionen im Luftverkehr
• Aktiver Schallschutz vor passivem Schallschutz
• Kein Kapazitätsausbau des Luftverkehrs
• Verlagerung der Kurzstreckenflüge auf die Schiene
Die Gesundheit, ein selbstbestimmtes Leben und eine intakte Umwelt
müssen höhere Priorität genießen als wirtschaftliche Interessen.
Gemeinsam kämpfen wir für unsere Rechte und ein Europa der
Bürgerinnen und Bürger.
Europe needs to have a proper debate about air travel.
The current policy of growth and expansion is causing climate change, air pollution and noise problems. And its economic benefits are uncertain. The policy is being resisted by as growing number of people across Europe.
It needs a Europe-wide solution. Residents around one airport must not be played of against residents at other airports.
Everybody has the right to health, to live in a home free of constant noise and a duty to leave the planet in a fit state for their children.
We therefore organized an International Aviation Campaigners’ Conference in Attaching, just outside Munich.
We are calling on the European Parliament and our national parliaments to support:
an end to night flights, so that each airport has 8 hours free of planes;
an end to the tax-free fuel for airlines and an end to exemptions from sales taxes, such as Value Added Tax (VAT);
a reduction in all subsidies received by the aviation industry;
active measures to reduce the impact of noise on residents;
no additional airport capacity in Europe;
transfer of short-distance flights to rail.
The health and well-being of people and the planet must be given priority over economic interests.
Together, as citizens of Europe, we pledge to fight for our rights.
The first airport- residents-conference in Attaching near Munich ended at 23.06. with the group “Plane Stupid” campaigns carrying out training. The conference was organised by , and other groups invited by, the Coalition for Action “Aufgemuckt” ” which is fighting the construction of a third runway at Munich Airport. The invitation was accepted by representatives of airport residents initiatives from the UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and several German cities. Attaching (Freising) was chosen as the venue for the conference because the intention of the Bavarian state government and the local airport operator is for the planned runway to go through the middle of the location.
The highlight of the conference was the day before the adoption of the ” Attac Hinger Manifesto “. Accompanied by “standing ovation”, participants called for under the slogan “Everybody has the right to sleep at night” a night flight ban at least eight hours at all European airports, the abolition of privileges for air transport in revenue and energy tax, the removal of all subsidies for the air transport industry, the primacy of active from passive noise protection, the waiver of the further expansion of airport capacity and the consequent shift from short-haul flights to rail.
The manifesto will be handed over to the national parliaments and governments and the European institutions.
Prior informed speakers including the dramatic consequences of nocturnal aircraft noise on the health of neighboring residents. So after Bremer epidemiologists would face affected with an increased risk for high blood pressure and heart attack and subsequently with a higher mortality Prof. Dr. Greiser.
Thoughtful participants also agreed to the remarks on the effects of aircraft noise on the health of children and adolescents.
In the ensuing discussions, the attendees were in agreement that a good night’s sleep at least eight hours was an undivided human right that it applies also continues to urge demand. In this context, criticism of the decision of the Federal Administrative Court was loud, which seems to display a five-hour night’s sleep than adequate in a number of decisions.
The London Anti-aircraft noise activists John Stewart appealed to all participants that the fight against the aviation lobby and inhuman politicians is to win through absolute unity.
It was agreed that the conference would be repeated in future on a regular basis at different locations.
The German delegates from Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Cologne / Bonn were in agreement with the representatives from neighboring countries, that this conference was an important first step to oppose the lobbying interests of networked aviation industry by an effective networked European counter-power.
Also that in future the aviation industry’s arguments can be effectively rebuffed, and the industry or politicians cannot play off affected populationd against each other.
Stay connected and vigilant – Airport residents from six countries adopt the “Attac Hinger Manifesto”
(In the hall): About 250 citizens groups from six European countries participated in the conference in the Attac Hinger sports hall at the weekend.(Photos: ara)
Around 250 representatives of citizens’ groups from six European countries have met at the weekend in Attaching [ a village just north of Munich, and close to where a 3rd runway was planned] at the first international airport residents’ conference.
Better connected, they intend to fight for stricter night flight rules, stricter rules on aircraft noise and against the expansion of airports. The agreed goals for the aviation industry are summarized in the Attac Hinger Manifesto that should go to the national parliaments and the European Parliament.
The idea for closer cooperation between local initiatives emerged during a visit by John Stewart to Munich about a year ago. Stewart, best known activist in the successful fight against a third runway at London Heathrow, was also one of the speakers in the Attac Hinger gym – just a few hundred meters away from the fence of Munich airport. He looked back at the resistance to the expansion of the UK’s largest airport and made it clear how important it is to forge a broad alliance of stakeholders, politicians and associations.
“One must always remain vigilant,” warned John Stewart, best known activist against the third runway at London Heathrow.
Stiegl Helga Meier, spokesperson for the Coalition for Action, hopes a message will go out from the conference, “We want to signal that we are here, we adapt,” she says.In addition, the campaigners are agreed that they will not be part of attempts to play the various airports off against each other. It was important to formulate common goals.
Over a thousand people attended a rally in Barnes, against the possible expansion of Heathrow. The rally was organised by Zac Goldsmith, and attended by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Boris said he thought the Conservatives “would be utterly nuts to go into the next election with the possibility of a Heathrow third runway on the table.” [However, unfortunately Boris thinks the alternatives offered by Gatwick, Stansted and two sites in the Thames Estuary should be concentrated on. Worryingly, he seems to favour expansion at Stansted, and have little concern about aviation’s carbon emissions]. Boris told the rally that a 3rd runway at Heathrow was “just too difficult to deliver – 15 years at least it would take to bring about. “Above all you would be inflicting noise pollution not just on west London but on huge parts of London that don’t even know they are going to be affected. That is not the right way forward for the greatest city on earth.” Zac said the opponents of a 3rd runway will continue to make clear their opposition to further expansion, and he wants “ministers to be left in no doubt that if they give expansion a green light, they will face a campaign on a truly massive scale.”
Today’s impressive rally against Heathrow expansion, organized by Zac Goldsmith MP, demonstrated the formidable forces that are massing once again to prevent expansion of the airport. It will have given Heathrow Airport and their allies who want a third runway considerable pause for thought. In the space of 40 minutes 15 leading politicians from right across the political spectrum lined up to speak. They included the Mayor of London and two cabinet ministers, Justine Greening and Ed Davey. And many more politicians wanted to speak but had to be turned away.
Airport expansion – like every major decision – will be a political one. And the politics are moving away from Heathrow. Politicians of all parties are putting Heathrow expansion in the “too difficult” box. The Liberal Democrats are firmly opposed. The Labour Party, under Ed Miliband and shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle, has made it clear it no longer supports expansion. There is a powerful lobby within the Conservative Party which is urging the Party to rule out expansion for good. The London Assembly and the Mayor are united in their opposition to it.
Look around the cabinet table: the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Home Secretary Theresa May, the Secretaries of State for the Environment, International Development andNorthern Ireland, Ed Davey, Justine Greening and Theresa Villiers and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond are all known opponents.
This is a far cry from the opposition being confined to local authorities, local residents and environmental groups. Heathrow has become a London-wide, indeed a national issue, a national issue where politicians know there are votes and seats to be won and lost, where they are so aware of what happened to the last Labour Government’s attempt to expand Heathrow.
Astute people within the aviation industry like Willie Walsh, in charge of British Airways, have made their view clear that the tide has turned against Heathrow expansion. Today’s rally re-enforced that message.
April 27, 2013
Hundreds of people turned out for a rally today against proposals to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
The crowd at the anti-Heathrow expansion demonstration in Barnes. Picture: Nate Sibley/Twitter
The rally was organised by Conservative MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston Zac Goldsmith, and among those who attended this morning’s event in Barn Elms playing field in Barnes was Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
The Mayor has previously accused David Cameron of kicking the matter “into the long grass” by delaying an independent report on the future of aviation until after the next election.
He favours a new “Boris island” airport in the Thames Estuary or possible expansion at Stansted.
Mr Johnson urged the government to resist the “great Moloch of aviation capacity” and rule out a third runway at Heathrow before the next election. He said it would be “totally nuts” for the Conservatives to go to the polls without having buried the idea.
The Mayor told the gathered crowd: “It is just too difficult to deliver – 15 years at least it would take to bring about.
“Above all you would be inflicting noise pollution not just on west London but on huge parts of London that don’t even know they are going to be affected.
“That is not the right way forward for the greatest city on earth.”
Twitter user Veredorexport posted a picture of Mr Johnson at the rally and wrote: “Thank you @MayorofLondon and @ZacGoldsmith for standing up for the people of SW London!”
Nate Sibley, who helped Mr Goldsmith organise the rally, posted a picture of the crowd gathered at the rally, and wrote on Twitter: “Epic crowd at @zacgoldsmith and @mayoroflondon rally against Heathrow expansion!”
Former transport secretary Justine Greening made her first speech on Heathrow since she was moved to international development in September’s Cabinet reshuffle amid speculation that it was due to her stance on the issue.
Business Secretary Vince Cable, who has previously stated that expansion “will not happen”, was also at the rally.
Speaking about the event Mr Goldsmith said: “This rally is an opportunity for everyone living under the Heathrow flight path to come together and make clear their opposition to further expansion.
“We have done so in previous campaigns, and we will keep doing it until this government gets the message.
“I want ministers to be left in no doubt that if they give expansion a green light, they will face a campaign on a truly massive scale.”
Saturday 27th April – Heathrow ‘Mega Rally’ organised by Zac Goldsmith
At the Barn Elms Playing Fields, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London, SW13 9SA between 09:30 and 10:30
Zac Goldsmith MP joined by the Mayor of London, the former Transport Secretary Justine Greening, and other local MPs from all parties, and Council Leaders at a ‘mega rally’ to demonstrate the strength of feeling against possible expansion at Heathrow Airport, and to promote the Council’s referendum on the third runway. After a series of short speeches Boris cast the first ‘vote’ in a giant ballot box constructed by pupils and teachers at Richmond Park Academy.
This was an opportunity for everyone living under the Heathrow flight path to come together and make clear their opposition to further expansion. It demonstrated to Ministers that if they give expansion a green light, they will face a campaign against it, on a truly massive scale.
MPs addressing the rally include former Transport Secretary of State Justine Greening (Putney), Vince Cable (Twickenham), Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith), John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington), Mary McLeod (Brentford and Isleworth), Angie Bray(Ealing Central and Acton), and Viendra Sharma (Ealing Southall).
A group of protesters arrived at Luton Borough Council on 15th February to deliver a bed signed by people who are fed up with night noise from Luton Airport. The BANN (Beds Against Night Noise) protest was given good media coverage and made the point that it’s not only Hertfordshire which suffers noise and disturbance – plenty of residents in Bedfordshire are also woken up by late night arrivals, cargo planes and early morning departures. One of the protesters said the PR spin in Luton airport’s Master Plan claimed they would ”consult” the public, and they were taking noise seriously by adding 6 new noise mitigations. However, those so-called mitigations would only affect a fraction of 1% of the total flights – and Luton plans to double night flights between 10pm and midnight and start the morning departure rush at 5am, which is utterly unacceptable. Local people are now demanding that there is legislation to control night flights at Luton in the same way as at other London airports. There is currently a petition to significantly reduce night flights at Luton, not increase them. Tweet
Beds as in Bedfordshire ! (where Luton airport is located)
A group of protestors arrived at Luton Borough Council yesterday to deliver a bed signed by people who are fed up with night noise from Luton Airport. The BANN protest was given good media coverage and made the point that it’s not only Hertfordshire which suffers noise and disturbance – plenty of residents in Bedfordshire are also woken up by late night arrivals, cargo planes and early morning departures.
One of the protestors, Chris Nickolay, said “When the Airport stops listening and just rides roughshod over local communities, we have to make our point loud and clear. The PR spin in their Master Plan claimed they would ”consult” the public, and said they were taking noise seriously by adding 6 new noise mitigations. Well now we know the truth. Those so-called mitigations would only affect a fraction of a percent of the total flights – and they plan to double night flights between 10pm and midnight and start the morning departure rush at 5am. That’s utterly unacceptable, and hundreds of local people are now demanding that there is legislation to control night flights at Luton in the same way as at other London airports. Just letting market greed cause sleep disruption to thousands of people is simply not an adequate control: we want a night noise curfew backed up by strict planning restrictions.”
The petition launched by local campaign groups calling for a significant reduction in night flights from Luton Airport can be accessed by clicking here >> Night flights
Night flights at Luton Airport are currently unregulated and affect far more people than at London City Airport, which has a night movements curfew. Planes from Luton Airport are much bigger, and there are plans to almost double the existing 8,500 night flights per annum. There are more night movements at Luton than at Heathrow. The World Health Organisation links noise disturbance at night to serious health problems. We are calling for a significant reduction in night flights at Luton Airport instead of the further increase which is being proposed.
Glyn Jones, Managing Director, Luton Airport
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State
Planning Officer 12/01400/FUL, Luton Borough Council
An official response by Terence O’Rourke [Terence O’Rourke is a planning, design and environmental practice, which prepared the application summary for Luton Airport] to questions raised by the Hitchin Forum proves that the so-called noise mitigations proposed by Luton Airport are so feeble as to be almost worthless. The much-vaunted commitments to take seriously the noise concerns of local people have been exposed as hollow by the Airport’s own planning consultants.
Just look at what the Airport said in its September 2012 Master Plan – we have added emphasis to show the commitments which the Airport told us it would be making:
“10.13 The current national aviation policy is the Future of Air Transport White Paper 2003 (FATWP). In this White Paper, the government supports development at the Airport which makes full use of its single runway on condition that the overall environmental impacts of such development will be carefully controlled and adequate mitigation provided.” (Master Plan Sep 2012)
“10.17 Regarding land use planning and management, paragraph 4.34 states that ‘planning policies and decisions should aim to avoid noise from giving rise to significant adverse impacts on health and quality of life as a result of new development, and mitigate and reduce to a minimum other adverse impacts … including through the use of conditions’. As demonstrated in section 9, we are incorporating a robust package of noise mitigation as part of the proposed development, which aligns fully with the APF.”
Now look at Terence O’Rourke’s responses to the questions raised by Hitchin Forum:
Q: How many flights would have been affected in 2011 by the Chapter 2 ban? A: Less than 1% of night flights would have been banned in 2012.
Q: How many aircraft in 2012 exceeded the 82dB(A) night noise violation limit and would have exceeded the proposed 80bd(A) night noise violation limit? A: In 2012, less than 1% of aircraft (3) exceeded the 82 dB(A) night time noise limit. In 2012, less than 1% of aircraft (14) would have exceeded an 80 dB(A) night time noise limit.
Q: How many aircraft in 2012 were vectored out of the NPR swathes below 4,000ft? A: LLAOL estimates that less than 1% of flights are currently vectored off NPR swathes between 3,000 and 4,000 ft.
Q: How many flights in 2012 would have exceeded the proposed daytime noise limits? A: The total number and percentage of aircraft that would have exceeded each of the three proposed daytime noise limits in 2012 is summarised below. • 85 dB(A): 29 (less than 1%) • 82 dB(A): 62 (less than 1%) • 80 dB(A): 138 (less than 1%)
And in case you’re wondering, “less than 1%” is developer-speak for miniscule fractions of a percent: for example 138 aircraft per year in 2012 is about 0.1% of the total. And as a further insult to our intelligence, they describe the above as “a robust response”…
You can read the full set of questions and answers by clicking here >> Hitchin Forum Q&A
Luton local residents say “Enough is Enough” on aircraft noise – and do not accept the planned expansion
February 15, 2013 Luton airport has a consultation – that ends on 18th February – into their planning application, to almost double the number of passenger, from around 10 mppa now to 18mppa before 2030. The extra flights would mean a lot more noise for those living locally under flight paths. One of the local residents’ groups, LANAG, has now submitted its response to the consultation, and say that while local residents support the desire for Luton to have a top quality airport, the airport already has twice the number of people affected by noise than there were in 2002 and 4 times the number of aircraft movements at night. They therefore say, “Enough is Enough” and do not accept the increases in aircraft movements and noise that would result from expansion. LANAG wants no more people affected by noise than currently , and say there must be a plan to take 2,800 people out of an environment that, according to the WHO is deleterious to health – due to noise levels. Click here to view full story…
Luton airport planning application would increase night flights (11pm to 7am) by 50%
January 29, 2013 Local campaign group HALE (Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion) says that Luton Airport’s expansion plans are based on projections to increase flights at night by 50%. This is based on information in the airport’s planning application which shows that the number of take-offs and landings between 11pm and 7am is projected to rise to 52 by 2028, compared to 34 in 2011. HALE points out that this is just the average figure – during the summer peak there could be as many as 80 flights each night. There is a public consultation on the application until 18th February. HALE is urging people to respond to this planning application by demanding that Luton Borough Council forces its Airport to reduce, not increase, night flights; to monitor and fine night arrivals as well as night departures; and to install a noise monitor on the approach to runway 08 for the purpose. Click here to view full story…
A group of young people, calling themselves “Grow Heathrow”, set up a market garden and informal community on squatted land in Sipson in 2010. The land had been derelict and was not being used by its owner, Mr Malik. He has been attempting to remove the squtters, who are environmental activists, for the past two years or more. The case for their eviction went to the High Court on Tuesday 15th January. Grow Heathrow say their case is an important challenge to the idea that landlords can leave land empty in the middle of a housing crisis. Mr Malik was given the judgement of possession in July. The basis of Grow Heathrow’s appeal is Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which is the right to have a home and family life. On the one hand, Grow Heathrow say they have added “social value” of the garden while it is wrong to keep the owner out of land for which he had paid a six-figure sum. Given the widespread importance of the issues raised by the case, Lords Justice Ward, Lloyd and Toulson are expected to reserve their decision until a later date – probably 14th February. Tweet
Grow Heathrow campaigners fight eviction at High Court
ITS DO or die for the squatters at Grow Heathrow, as they await a high court ruling on their eviction appeal.
The environmental activists who set up and run the Sipson community garden made their presence known outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in The Strand, today (Tuesday), handing out fruit smoothies to passers-by and banging the drum for squatters’ rights.
They had a group of supporters in tow and spirits were high as the latest saga in the legal battle commenced in the courtroom.
Grow Heathrows William Ronan said: This case is an important challenge to the idea that landlords can leave land empty in the middle of a housing crisis.”
Imran Malik, the owner of the contested land in Vineries Close, was given the judgement of possession in July, nearly two years after first serving the eviction notice.
The basis of Grow Heathrows appeal is Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights the right to have a home and if successful, it could set a legal precedent for land use in this country.
The Grow Heathrow group took over the derelict site in March 2010 and created a community.
The “Grow Heathrow” group claim they have transformed a scruffy site once used by fly-tippers into an idyllic market garden and eviction will violate their human rights.
And, in the first case of its kind, Appeal Court judges are being asked to decide whether the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) should apply to private landowners.
Imran Malik, who paid £240,000 for the land to the north of Vineries Close, West Drayton, in 2003, said his private property rights should take precedence and the trespassers should be ordered to leave forthwith.
The campaigners were, in July last year, given six weeks to leave by Judge Karen Walden-Smith but are now challenging that decision before three of the country’s most senior judges.
The judge had acknowledged the “social value” of the garden lovingly grown by the squatters and controversially upheld their arguments that Article 8 of the ECHR – which enshrines the right to respect for privacy and family life – could be applied to a private landowner.
However, in granting Mr Malik a possession order, she said that it would be wrong to keep him out of land for which he had paid a six-figure sum and that she had no power to delay the group’s eviction on grounds of “exceptional hardship”.
To take into account the “socially useful” activities of the squatters on the site would “run entirely contrary to the principle of private ownership of land”, she said.
Challenging that ruling today, Jan Luba QC, for the campaigners, said that their Article 8 rights should have held sway and, at the very least, the judge should have given them substantially longer than six weeks to quit their homes.
The judges were told that, prior to the squatters moving onto the land in March last year, it had been the scene of fly-tipping and had been used by the previous tenant as a dumping ground for used cars.
The market garden now flourishing on the site had “significantly greater social advantages” than any previous or any likely future use of the land, argued the barrister.
However, Naomi Winston, for Mr Malik, pointed out that he has his own human right to freely enjoy his private property.
Judge Walden-Smith was right to rule that the eviction of trespassers was “a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”.
Subjective views on the social value of the group’s activities were of limited, if any, relevance, argued the barrister, who added that the court had no power to delay eviction of trespassers on hardship grounds.
Miss Winston said that the group had been granted “a further period of grace” whilst their appeal is heard and the time had now come to hand back to Mr Malik his private property.
Given the widespread importance of the issues raised by the case, Lords Justice Ward, Lloyd and Toulson are expected to reserve their decision until a later date.
“Grow Heathrow” in court facing eviction from their organic gardening site in Sipson – (now delayed a few weeks)
18.6.2012 The “Grow Heathrow” community, who have turned an area in Sipson that was once a “derelict mess”, into a thriving market garden, are facing eviction. However, the young people living there are popular with the local community, who want them to stay. When they arrived several years ago, they cleared as much as 30 tonnes of rubbish off the site, renovated greenhouses and now grow organic lettuces, courgettes,squashes etc. The site happens to be where a 3rd runway was to be built – a location in many of their neighbours’ interests to protect. The owner of the land wants his land back, and a hearing at Central London County Court began on Monday but the judge has decided to take more time, so they are not due back in court for several weeks. The court is expected to weigh up the human rights and hard work of those who have moved in against the simple fact the land is not theirs.
Transition Heathrow’s “Grow Heathrow” project were due to be in court on 17th November, for a hearing about having them evicted from the site they are occupying at Sipson. The judge took into account the human rights arguments and adjourned the case to the higher authority of Central London County Court where a two day hearing will take place in a few months time. The owner of the site wants the land back, though it had been neglected for years, and Grow Heathrow has turned it into a thriving community venture.
On Saturday 3rd November around 100 local residents and campaigners took part in a protest wildlife walk against the proposed £100m World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport. The protesters braved the cold to take a route around the 90 acre former greenbelt site, which is threatened by the plans to build 43 cargo sheds and almost 1,500 car parking spaces. Local residents, wildlife enthusiasts and environmental campaigners spoke at various points along the walk, sharing their experiences of fighting Manchester Airport expansion and highlighting the numerous ways that the plans would affect local people and the environment. The Wildlife Walk came the week after the Wythenshawe Area Committee ‘recommended for approval’ the World Logistics Hub plans, on the 25th October. The application will now be sent to the Planning and Highways Committee at Manchester City Council for a final decision on 22nd November 2012. Campaigners argue that job creation figures proposed by the airport are inflated.
3.11.2012 (Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport – SEMA)
On Saturday 3rd November around 100 local residents and campaigners took part in a protest walk against the proposed World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport. The protesters braved the cold to take a route around the 90 acre former greenbelt site, which is threatened by the plans to build 43 cargo sheds and almost 1,500 car parking spaces.
Local residents, wildlife enthusiasts and environmental campaigners spoke at various points along the walk, sharing their experiences of fighting Manchester Airport expansion and highlighting the numerous ways that the plans would affect local people and the environment.
The Wildlife Walk came the week after the Wythenshawe Area Committee‘recommended for approval’ the World Logistics Hub plans, on the 25th October. The application will now be sent to the Planning and Highways Committee at Manchester City Council for a final decision on 22nd November 2012. A number of attendees at the Wildlife Walk, keen for their concerns to be brought to this Committee, pledged to attend this November meeting at Manchester Town Hall.
Several Councillors of the Wythenshawe Area Committee backed the Logistics Hub plans based on the Airport’s promises of local job opportunities. However campaigners argue that job creation figures proposed by the Airport are inflated.
Jane Beetson from ‘Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport’ campaign said “When Manchester Airport first announced plans for a second runway, they claimed 50,000 jobs would be created. No-where near that number of jobs materialised. Just like then, they are misleading the public now.”
She added, “Local Councillors say they will force the Airport to give jobs to local people but in practice they will have no way of enforcing this on the firms that move into the new office and warehouse spaces. We need to create green jobs in sustainable industries not dirty aviation.”
The Wildlife Walk was also an opportunity for wildlife experts to explain that Airport’s promises of preserving wildlife are also unrealistic, and that creating a ‘mitigation zone’ is no substitution for leaving habitats untouched.
Along the route, campaigners encountered the threatened habitats of numerous plant and animal species. Several mature oak trees line Sunbank Lane, providing nesting opportunities for rare birds, and potential roosting spots for endangered bat species. The site is also home to 12 ponds occupied by Great Crested Newts, an endangered species found only in the North West of England. Walkers were also able to spot signs of protected animals for example badger snuffle holes and mole hills in the green space around Sunbank.
Residents plan protest against £100m Manchester Airport World Logistics Hub
CONTROVERSIAL: An artist’s impression of the proposed World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport
Residents living near the proposed site of a £100m logistics hub at Manchester Airport are planning a protest against the plans.
Hundreds of people are expected to gather near the proposed site on Saturday and take part in a protest with a difference – a wildlife walk.
The campaigners are furious at plans to build a ‘world-class’ cargo centre, which will form part of the £650m Airport City project and is expected to create more than 1,800 jobs.
They are objecting to it because they claim it could ruin their neighbourhood and destroy the surrounding countryside.
Now, they are planning to descend on the area for a family-friendly walk around the woodlands and fields earmarked for development.
They claim that the project could threaten animal and plant species, as well as increasing traffic congestion and carbon emissions.
Airport bosses say the centre will house cargo space for freight companies, offering businesses unrivalled access to air and motorway links.
An outline planning application has already been submitted and it is thought that construction could begin before the end of the year.
Audrey O’Donovan, local resident and chair of Ringway Parish Council, said “The World Logistics Hub, should it get final approval, would result in serious loss of amenity and environmental damage for local people.
“The impact upon local wildlife and ecology would have serious consequences for the biodiversity of this area.”
The walkers will set off on their route – which will cover land in Altrincham and Hale – at 2pm and want as many people as possible to support them.
The cargo centre has been recommended for approval by councillors from the Wythenshawe Area Committee, subject to conditions, including access to footpaths and minimising noise levels.
The final decision is expected to be taken by Manchester council’s planning and highways committee next month.
Airport bosses say they hope it will create more than 1,800 permanent jobs over the next 10 to 15 years, in addition to construction posts.
It will form the southern part of the Airport City’s Enterprise Zone, which was unveiled by the government last March.
An airport spokesman said: “World Logistics Hub will help existing airport businesses to expand as well as attract new businesses to the north west region. This will generate much-needed economic growth and many jobs.
“It is unfortunate that a significant amount of misinformation has been circulated by a small minority which has misled local people. For example, the land is not in the Green Belt. We will continue to talk to local people to deal with their concerns.”
£100m Manchester airport cargo centre ‘will ruin our homes’ say opponents
September 1, 2012 Residents living near the proposed site of a new £100m World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport have objected to it saying it could ruin their local area, destroy the countryside and devalue their homes. The airport has submitted an outline planning application for the ‘world-class’ cargo centre, which will form part of the £650m Airport City project – and claims it will create more than 1,800 jobs. The plans are for multiple freight units with 1.4 million sq ft of warehouse space, with 24-hour operations, creating considerable noise and light pollution on the surrounding area. The centre will provide cargo space for freight companies, with access to air and motorway links. its construction could start by the end of 2012. Click here to view full story…
Manchester Airport unveils plans to concrete former greenbelt land with ‘World Logistics Hub’
August 19, 2012 Manchester Airport has announced plans to concrete over former greenbelt land (removed form the greenbelt in July 2012) around Sunbank Lane to make way for a ‘World Logistics Hub’. The area currently contains residential houses and green fields and also borders onto an SSSI. The plans involve construction of around 43 warehouses and office units of various sizes on land adjacent to the A538, as well as 1,473 car parking spaces, and form part of the wider Airport City Enterprise Zone. Though the airport anticipates many jobs being created over 15 years, it is likely many of these are jobs displaced from elsewhere as businesses relocate due to lower business rates. The Airport have published an ‘informal’ consultation document and intend to submit a formal planning application during August with a 21 day consultation. Click here to view full story…
On 30th October there were more violent scenes as hundreds of French police battled against protesters at Notre-Dame-des-Landes as the authorities tried to evict people from areas that are intended as part of the new Nantes airport. A large area of good agricultural land is to be taken over, to build the second airport for Nantes. This means the eviction of a number of farmers from their land. There has been fierce opposition to the plans for months. Earlier in the year there was a hunger strike by some of the farmers, and their supporters, for a month. Hundreds of local people, as well as socialists and anti-globalisation protesters have fought hard to prevent this airport being built. They say it is not needed, there is not a good economic case for it, and at a time when France should be cutting its CO2 emissions, this new airport will only serve to increase carbon.
On Tuesday morning the police launched a new operation to remove opponents of airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes and sharp clashes occurred, captures by an AFP photographer. The clashes focus on the place called Le Sabot, one of the gathering places of opponents to this airport project, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The forces used explosive grenades, and pepper grenades, as well as tear gas, according to the same source. A helicopter was flying over the area permanently. Following sharp clashes, up to melee face to face clashes, a pause was brought about shortly before 8 h 30, the police apparently waiting for the arrival of reinforcements. Both sides faced each other less than 200 meters apart.
The announcement of the evacuation was filtered out on Monday evening. In anticipation of this, the opponents tring to slow down the evictions that started operations two weeks ago, had dug trenches in recent days and set up roadblocks to slow the progression of law enforcement, including felling trees across roads, fires were lit, including burningpallets.
At the call of several agricultural organizations, a meeting was scheduled Tuesday morning at Sabot, a place for growing vegetables, in support of farmers threatened by the new airport project.
Demonstration area cordoned off
New demonstrators from the village of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, tried to join the Sabot protest where there is the confrontation between police and opponents of the airport. They were stopped by the gendarmes, due to the violent clashes still in progress.
Notre-Dame-des-Landes: evictions turn to trench warfare
30-10-2012 (Article in English from Metro)
Opponents to the airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes defended their ZAD (“final area of autonomy”) against the forces Tuesday. Photo: AFP
Opponents of the construction of the airport clash with security forces since Tuesday morning in the grove Nantes. EELV elected officials came to support them.
“Nothing justifies this brutality.” Julien Durand, retired farmer and spokesman of the association ACIPA reached by Metro, assists since Thursday morning “harassment in spurts” of forces around the site of Sabot at Notre Dame des-Landes. The shared garden has become a landmark in the fight against the proposed new airport north of Nantes. Since early morning, opponents and mobile police violently confront each other: first dug trenches across the road and erected barricades, where they throw projectiles, the second replicate to teargas and rubber bullets.
“Neither heroes nor martyrs”
A few kilometers away, the police have evacuated a house in La Sauldre, despite resistance from several dozen people. “I was indoors. Twenty-five gendarmes returned. We are neither heroes nor martyrs. They took me out and threatened police custody, told Metro Geneviève Coiffard, President of ACIPA . But the young are not going to let it grow out without showing their determination. “
This 65 year old woman was wounded in the hand last week in clashes the same type. Indeed, evacuations have already taken place on 9, 15 and 16 October at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, to begin preparatory work at the site of the airport. Action called “Operation Caesar,” which is a lot Coiffard Genevieve laugh: “It is the arrogance of the Roman conquerors in the land of Asterix, I do not know what bureaucrat had this idea!”
A project championed by Ayrault
The critics are not against the new airport project, which must destroy hundreds of hectares of farmland 30 kilometers north of Nantes. But muscular evacuations have increased solidarity between farmers and grove of young people came to protest by sitting in abandoned farms.
The fight takes a turn as national, especially as the project is championed by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Mayor of Nantes old. “This new show of force against militants who have chosen to oppose an absurd project, including an environmental point of view, is a clear signal sent by the government, said Bruno Julliard, of Greenpeace . At eve of the debate on energy, it does not bode well for future discussions. ” A dozen NGOs have arrested Jean-Marc Ayrault an open letter last Thursday.
“The devastating impact of the images of civil war”
Fifteen elected EELV were present at the scene of the clashes.In a statement, the party “demands the immediate cessation of operations during destruction and calls for a return to reason.”Dominique Voynet, which was received at the Elysée as mayor of Montreuil, said on Twitter that she “could share a moment with François Hollande and tell him our incomprehension repression” and that the President was “aware of the devastating images of civil war in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. “
We salute the courage and tenacity of the defenders of the ZAD who resist the occupation forces government orders Holland / Ayrault despite obvious attempt isolation media and extreme violence of the police who want to expel those opposed to that 2000 hectares of groves of Britain are delivered to the multinational VINCI.
We emphasize here the dangers posed to the airport opponents Notre Dame des Landes who ordered the police to destroy houses and huts, hit it with a mechanical device in which a tree is an opponent, draw to fire rubber bullets to tense, wound with pieces of grenades at the demonstrators.
a comrade wounded by a grenade range.
firing of rubber bullets police government PS / EELV
We welcome the presence at the scene this morning of peasants and opponents alongside historical occupants of the ZAD.
We believe that their presence as support initiatives undertaken these last days to Chateaubriant, Vannes, Nantes, Rennes, Redon make visible a popular anchorage opponents including Britain.
We urge our members and supporters to participate in all initiatives support can come in the days ahead, we must constrain each component of the political position and to accept the consequences.
to the local PS Saint Brieuc today.
We hope that the trade unions and political associations translate their support to the occupiers of the ZAD into concrete actions on the ground, it will be possible November 17 at the event reoccupation. ZAD See press
There were violent clashes on Tuesday as police tried to clear a camp of protestors at Notre Dame-des-Landes, the site of a proposed new airport near Nantes in western France.
Witnesses say police used pepper grenades and tear gas as well as flashballs, to try to control the situation. There are unconfirmed reports of injuries.
“We were faced with very determined opponents, who have increased considerably in number over the weekend, following internet appeals. Security forces had to deal with violent projectile attacks and disperse groups of assailants using tear gas”, said a communiqué issued by the regional police.
The police intend to continue to dismantle the camps so that preliminary work clearing the undergrowth can begin.
Police began trying to evacuate the Le Sabot area, where the opposition to the camp first began. A group of about fifteen protestors remain on the roof at Le Sabot.
Around twenty tractors were ordered to turn back under threat of a charge by riot police, according to a passenger in one of the tractors.
Farmers are among those protesting against the construction of the airport, which is being built on protected swampland.
The project is financed partly by the state and partly by private investors, and the intention is to replace the current airport Nantes Atlantique, which is to the south of the city area.
The Minister of Housing, Cécile Duflot, questioned on Wednesday’s clashes around Nantes airport project, said that “repression and lack of dialogue” was not “the right way”, recalling her “disagreement on this project “. was the responsible environmentalist questioned by RTL on the eve of the intervention forces against opponents of the project at Notre Dame des Landes, supported by Jean-Marc Ayrault, former Mayor of Nantes and the Prime Minister.
” There is old and officially recorded disagreement on this project, nothing new under the sun, “she said. “I am not a minister of law and order but I do not think on subjects as complex as this, repression and lack of dialogue are the right way,” she added.
” I disagree on this point, and that is known by the prime minister, “added the minister. “This project, as well as other infrastructure projects” is “considered in the context of a commission under the responsibility of Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister of Transport, with whom I get along very well, to say that at a time when it is necessary to save public money, we will have to choose, ” argued the former head of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts.
“This debate exists, there is no taboo”. EELV protested yesterday after heated clashes in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, where, according to the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique there have been six minor injuries to the security forces who pursued the evacuation site.
La ministre du Logement, Cécile Duflot, interrogée mercredi sur les affrontements autour du projet d’aéroport nantais, a estimé que la “répression et le manque de dialogue” n’étaient pas “la bonne méthode”, rappelant son “désaccord sur ce projet”.
La responsable écologiste était questionnée par RTL sur l’intervention la veille des forces de l’ordre contre les opposants au projet de Notre-Dame des Landes, soutenu par Jean-Marc Ayrault, ex-maire de Nantes et premier ministre.
“Il y a un désaccord sur ce projet, ancien et acté, rien de nouveau sous le soleil”, a-t-elle dit. “Je ne suis pas ministre du maintien de l’ordre mais je ne crois pas que sur des sujets aussi compliqués, la répression et le manque de dialogue – ce qui est le cas – soient la bonne méthode”, a-t-elle ajouté.
“Mon désaccord sur ce point, il est connu par le premier ministre”, a poursuivi la ministre. “Ce projet éventuel, comme d’autres projets d’infrastructures” est “étudié dans le cadre d’une commission sous la responsabilité de Frédéric Cuvillier, ministre des Transports, avec qui je m’entends très bien, pour dire qu’à un moment où il faut économiser les deniers publics, il va falloir choisir”, a encore argumenté l’ex-responsable d’Europe Ecologie-Les Verts. “Ce débat, il existe”, il “n’y a pas de tabou”.
EELV avait protesté hier après les vifs affrontements à Notre-Dame-des-Landes, qui, selon la préfecture de Loire-Atlantique ont fait six blessés légers côté forces de l’ordre qui poursuivaient l’évacuation du site.
On Sunday, a year after the opening of the 4th runway at Frankfurt airport, thousands protested peacefully against the increasing noise in the region. There may have been as many as 8,000 people there. On a bright autumn day they assembled by the fence next to the runway and showed their anger partly by making loud music. They are demanding planned construction of a new third airport terminal to be ceased. They are also demanding the closure of the 4th runway, and an extension of the ban on night flights from 22:00 and 06:00 in the morning. The government insist that the expansion of the airport provides opportunities for economic growth. However, they realise they have a real problem with aircraft noise and the extent of persistent citizen opposition. In the past week,three new measures had been adopted on noise, including an increase in the angle of approach and an increase in altitude. The protesters to not intend to give up their opposition. Great photos.
On Sunday, a year after the opening of the new runway at Frankfurt airport, thousands protested against the increasing noise in the region. On a bright autumn day they drove by shuttle bus from the terminal to the fence next to the runway and showed their anger with music, using drums and trumpets.
The organizers, a coalition of some 60 citizens’ groups spoke of 8,000 participants. They demanded to bury the construction of the planned third terminal. “Finally stop greed and megalomania,” shouted one speaker – addressed to the airport operator Fraport.
Vigil outside the departure terminal
Previously, several hundred protesters were demonstrating against the airport’s expansion at a vigil outside the departure terminal. The protest musician “Klaus violinist” from Cologne summarized the displeasure of noise opponents: “What can I say except that it’s shit.”
The road next to the runway lit up with yellow of the protest movement. Banners read: “Today is Black Sunday”, “Aircraft noise makes you sick” or “Dirty Landing”.
Guest speaker John Stewart, president of the European aircraft noise opponents (UECNA) stressed the solidarity of the airport noise-plagued residents in other regions. “You are not alone,” he said, pointing to successful protests against runways in Munich, London Heathrow and Sienna in Italy. “In none of these airports was an extension necessary.” If all plane journeys shorter than 500 km could be moved by rail, you can save 45% of the total air traffic in Europe.”
The number of participants shows that the protest are not diminishing, but go on, said an activist. “Fraport does not believe that there is a custom process or movement sleep,” said the spokesman of the organizers, Michael Wilk. [meaning people do not just get use to the noise, and cope with sleeping through it].
Protests do not stop
Since the opening of the new runway, exactly one year ago, the protests have been continuous. The citizens’ initiatives demonstrate every Monday in the departure hall of Terminal 1. They go there with whistles and horns through the terminal’s hall, and, there are rarely less than 1,000 demonstrators.
According to police, there were no incidents on Sunday. The street of the rally was closed to public traffic. The airport operator Fraport urged their passengers to plan for delays in arrival.
Runway anniversary. With violin and big band against aircraft noise
Several thousand people protested against the runway.
Exactly one year ago, that the Northwest runway at Frankfurt Airport went into operation. The protests against aircraft noise tear since coming: Several thousand people demonstrated on the anniversary of the airport.
For the first “birthday” of Runway Northwest were on Sunday afternoon, police said around 3,500 aircraft noise opponents pulled before the fence in Kelsterbach Forest. The organizers – a coalition of citizens’ groups from across the Rhine-Main area – said there were up to 8,000 participants.
With trumpets and drums, banners and flags to protest against the increase border noise in the region – this will experienced by the subject as physical and mental violence, said a spokesman for the Alliance. The health effects from noise and exhaust fumes were immeasurable.
Thousands noise opponents demonstrate
“Stop greed and megalomania”
“Fraport need not believe that there is a habituation process or movement sleep,” said Michael Wilk, the spokesman for the organizers and announced that would continue the so-called Monday demonstrations in one of the airport terminal. The demand of the aircraft noise opponents is clear: the extension of the ban on night flights from 22:00 and 06:00 in the morning and the closing of the new runway.
Also, set the demonstrators for a construction freeze on the third terminal of the airport. “Stop finally greed and megalomania,” shouted one speaker at Fraport addressed.
Heralded the actions were musical: The start was the protest musician “Klaus violinist” from Cologne. “What can I say, except that it’s crap,” concluded the musicians along the displeasure of the demonstrators. Also, a big band from Mainz, which has also suffered aircraft noise showed solidarity with the demonstrators.
At noon, the protests had begun a vigil in front of the departure hall of the airport. “Enough! Off! Basta!” was the motto under which around 60 were called citizens’ initiatives for the demonstration.
100,000 takeoffs and landings less
Another key demand of the protesters is a reduction in air traffic by 100,000 to 380,000 takeoffs and landings per year. Support there was on this point by the President of the European aircraft noise opponents, John Stewart. “You are not alone,” he said, pointing to successful protests against runways in Munich, London Heathrow and the Italian Sienna. If all the flights that are shorter than 500 km, would be shifted to rail, in any of these airports need an extension, said Stewart.
Police said the protests were peaceful, and a slip road to the airport had been closed. The airport operator Fraport had warned passengers in advance before the effects of the rally. Travelers should plan for delays in arrival, Fraport had recommended.
Government emphasizes growth opportunities
After decades of debate, the runway was opened on 21st October 2011. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), was the first person who had landed on the 2,800-meter runway. Thus, not only the protest of airport expansion opponent marks from the adjacent municipalities, for a year the leaders in politics and business have repeated how important the airport development is to the region.
For the black-yellow state government to restrict air traffic is not in question. Economy Minister Florian Rentsch (FDP) was rather ahead of Jubliäums defended the new runway and stresses the positive effect of the ban on night flights. “Thus, the state government found a balance between the interests of residents and those of aviation,” said Rentsch.
The CDU stressed that the expansion of the airport have a new growth opportunity. At the same time, the reduction of noise pollution remains a constant task, said the economic policy spokesman of the CDU, Walter Arnold. On Thursday, three new measures had been adopted on noise, including an increase in the angle of approach and an increase in altitude.
Greens and the Left support protests
The opposition in parliament renewed its criticism of the state government. Even after a year, they have not taken effective measures against noise, the Greens declared in advance that plan to a report of the “Frankfurter Rundschau”, according to a further attempt to have the fourth runway at the airport closed. The party will therefore examine whether “public order” is threatened by aircraft noise.
The Social Democrats also accused the state government for mainly acting too late and not adequately.
Mehrere tausend Menschen protestierten gegen die Landebahn.
Genau ein Jahr ist es her, dass die Nordwestlandebahn am Frankfurter Flughafen in Betrieb ging. Die Proteste gegen Fluglärm reißen seitdem nicht ab: Mehrere Tausend Menschen haben zum Jubiläum am Flughafen demonstriert.
Zum ersten “Geburtstag” der Landebahn Nordwest waren am Sonntagmittag nach Polizeiangaben rund 3.500 Fluglärmgegner vor den Zaun im Kelsterbacher Wald gezogen. Die Veranstalter – ein Bündnis von Bürgerinitiativen aus dem gesamten Rhein-Main-Gebiet – sprachen dagegen von bis zu 8.000 Teilnehmern.Mit Pauken und Trompeten, Transparenten und Fahnen protestierten sie gegen den zunehmenenden Fluglärm in der Region – dieser werde von den Betroffenen als physische und seelische Gewalt erlebt, sagte ein Sprecher des Bündnisses. Die gesundheitlichen Schäden durch Lärm und Abgase seien unermesslich.
“Stoppen Sie Gier und Größenwahn”
“Fraport braucht nicht zu glauben, dass es einen Gewöhnungsprozess gibt oder die Bewegung einschläft”, sagte Michael Wilk, der Sprecher der Veranstalter und kündigte an, die sogenannten Montagsdemonstrationen im Terminal eins des Flughafens würden weitergehen. Die Forderung der Fluglärmgegner ist klar umrissen: die Ausweitung des Nachtflugverbots auf die Zeit zwischen 22 und sechs Uhr morgens und die Schließung der neuen Landebahn.Außerdem setzen sich die Demonstranten für einen Baustopp am dritten Terminal des Flughafens ein. “Stoppen Sie endlich Gier und Größenwahn”, rief ein Redner an Fraport adressiert.Eingeläutet wurden die Aktionen musikalisch: Den Auftakt machte der Protestmusiker “Klaus der Geiger” aus Köln. “Was soll man sagen, außer dass es Scheiße ist”, fasste der Musiker den Unmut der Demonstranten zusammen. Auch eine Bigband aus Mainz, das ebenfalls unter gestiegenem Fluglärm zu leiden hat, zeigte Solidarität mit den Demonstranten.
Am Mittag hatten die Proteste mit einer Mahnwache vor der Abflughalle des Flughafens begonnen. “Schluss! Aus! Basta!” lautete das Motto, unter dem rund 60 Bürgerinitiativen zu der Demonstration aufgerufen hatten.
100.000 Starts und Landungen weniger
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Eine weitere Hauptforderung der Demonstranten ist eine Reduzierung des Flugverkehrs um 100.000 auf 380.000 Starts und Landungen pro Jahr. Unterstützung gab es in diesem Punkt vom Präsidenten der europäischen Fluglärmgegner, John Stewart. “Ihr seid nicht allein”, sagte er und verwies auf erfolgreiche Proteste gegen Landebahnen in München, London-Heathrow und im italienischen Sienna. Wenn sämtliche Flüge, die kürzer als 500 Kilometer seien, auf die Schiene verlagert würden, sei an keinem dieser Flughäfen ein Ausbau nötig, meinte Stewart.Für die Proteste, die nach Polizeiangaben friedlich verlaufen sind, war eine Zubringerstraße zum Flughafen gesperrt worden. Der Flughafenbetreiber Fraport hatte Passagiere im Vorfeld vor Auswirkungen der Kundgebung gewarnt. Reisende sollten Verzögerungen bei der Anreise einplanen, hatte Fraport empfohlen.
Landesregierung betont Wachstumschancen
Nach jahrzehntelangen Debatten wurde die Landebahn am 21. Oktober 2011 in Betrieb genommen. Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) war die Erste, die auf der 2.800 Meter langen Landebahn Nordwest gelandet war. Damit jährt sich nicht nur der Protest der Flughafenausbaugegner aus den angrenzenden Kommunen, seit einem Jahr wiederholen die Verantwortlichen aus Politik und Wirtschaft, wie wichtig der Ausbau für die Region war.Für die schwarz-gelbe Landesregierung kommt eine Einschränkung des Flugverkehrs keinesfalls in Frage. Wirtschaftsminister Florian Rentsch (FDP) hatte vielmehr im Vorfeld des Jubliäums die neue Landebahn verteidigt und die positive Wirkung des Nachtflugverbots betont. “Damit hat die Landesregierung einen Ausgleich zwischen den Interessen der Anwohner und denen der Luftfahrt gefunden”, erklärte Rentsch.Die CDU hob hervor, dass der Ausbau des Flughafens neue Wachstumschancen eröffnet habe. Gleichzeitig bleibe die Reduzierung der Lärmbelastung eine beständige Aufgabe, sagte der wirtschaftspolitische Sprecher der CDU-Fraktion, Walter Arnold. Erst am Donnerstag waren drei neue Maßnahmen zum Lärmschutz umgesetzt worden, darunter eine Anhebung des Anflugwinkels und eine Erhöhung der Flughöhe.
Grüne und Linke unterstützen Proteste
Die Opposition im Landtag erneuerte ihre Kritik an der Landesregierung. Auch nach einem Jahr habe sie keine wirksamen Maßnahmen gegen Lärm ergriffen, erklärten die Grünen im Vorfeld, die einem Bericht der “Frankfurter Rundschau” zufolge einen weiteren Anlauf planen, die vierte Piste am Flughafen schließen zu lassen. Die Partei will demnach prüfen lassen, ob die “öffentliche Sicherheit und Ordnung” durch Fluglärm gefährdet ist.Auch die Sozialdemokraten warfen der Landesregierung vor, zu spät und vor allem nicht ausreichend gehandelt zu haben.http://www.hr-online.de/website/rubriken/nachrichten/index.jsp?rubrik=71831&key=standard_document_46420497
A major evacuation operation by security forces of houses squatted by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes took place on Tuesday morning. Eleven houses and land that had been occupied on the site of the future airport were evacuated without incident by more than 500 gendarmes. At the first home some 150 protesters, some of whom are locals and some anti-globalisation activists, had gathered. Homes that have been evacuated are now subject to enhanced surveillance before being demolished “in the coming days.” The airport developers want preparatory work for road improvements serving this “inter airport” between Nantes and Rennes to begin by the end of the year. Work on the airport itself must begin in 2014 for commissioning in 2017. The airport plans have been approved by the State and local socialist party, but the new airport’s usefulness is disputed, on economic grounds as well as its environmental impact.
There is also a website about the ZAD (Zone A Défendre) with passionate defence by the local people, whose land is being taken and whose home area is being irrevocably damaged by this new airport project. Some of it is in English, as is this letter to the Prefect of the Loire-Atlantique Department on 22nd October at http://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article380
It is a very sad situation, with many people battling passionately to preserve land, the farming community, and this peaceful rural area, as it is today – against what they see as an unnecessary, mega-project imposed on them by forces outside their control.
Airport project: first house destroyed Notre-Dame-des-Landes
Airport project: first house destroyed Notre-Dame-des-Landes. 17th October 2012
Occupants evicted from future site of Nantes airport
NOTRE-DAME-DES-LANDES, Loire-Atlantique (Reuters) – Eleven houses and illegally occupied land on the site of the future airport …
evacuation by the police of illegally occupied land and houses on the site of the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, near Nantes.
Photo taken October 16, 2012
/REUTERS / Stephane Mahe
NOTRE-DAME-DES-LANDES, Loire-Atlantique (Reuters)
-Eleven houses and illegally occupied land on the site of the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique) were evacuated without incident on Tuesday at dawn by more than 500 gendarmes.
First home, to which had converged since Saturday evening more than 150 anti-globalization activists and radicals opposed, was evacuated on Monday by security forces.
“The operation went without clashes characterized, there simply was corrupt delay as barricades on fire or some people mounted on the roof,” said the prefect of Loire-Atlantique, Christian de Lavernée, after evacuation.
The police did not conduct any inquiry, he said. Homes evacuated are now subject to enhanced surveillance before being demolished “in the coming days.”
“For over a year, the area declared a public utility for the creation of future airport west of the great harbors of the illegal occupants,” was justified earlier, the prefecture said in a statement. “They have invested spaces and undeveloped acquired by the concessionaire and the state.”
A PROJECT FUNDED BY AYRAULT
Preparatory work for road improvements serving this “inter airport” between Nantes and Rennes must begin by the end of the year. Those of the airport itself must begin in 2014 for commissioning in 2017.
Evictions were decided by judges at the end of judicial proceedings by Aéroports the Great West (AGO), a subsidiary of Vinci.
“This should not be confused with persons lawfully present site before the date of declaration of public utility project in 2008 and involved an expropriation procedure whose execution is not valid “said the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique.
Construction and concession of the future airport, located 30 km north of Nantes, were assigned to the Vinci group, which evaluates its cost €560 million. It will pay €320, the rest being paid by the state (€125.5 million) and local (€115.5 million).
The project, which environmentalists claim abandonment is supported by the State and supported by local elected socialists, including the prime minister and former deputy mayor of Nantes Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Presented by its promoters as a “transfer” of the current Nantes-Atlantique Airport, located in the immediate vicinity of the city and threatened in their saturation future equipment designed to reduce nuisance in terms of noise and the feeling of insecurity a portion of the inhabitants of the city overflown by aircraft.
The French countryside on Tuesd ay morning as police prepare to evict activists.
Expulsion of future opponents Nantes airport
The police began to evacuate this morning in which several houses were installed adversaries airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
A major evacuation operation by security forces in squatted houses by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes, took place on Tuesday morning. Dozens of police vehicles and riot police converged during the night from several directions in convoy to this area and the first evacuations began shortly before 7 am, according to opponents of the airport. More than 500 policemen and CRS were involved, it according to the police.
Several helicopters hovered overhead and opponents had ignited a dam/barrage across a road in the middle of a grove of dense hedges and ditches. To 7:15, at a place called the Bel Air, CRS approached to ask the occupants to leave. After the evacuation of their furniture these, twenty people were forcibly evacuated by chanting “we are not thugs” and “we live here, we are staying here”
Operation “concerns seven illegal occupations of built spaces and built four undeveloped zones of illegal occupation” , said the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique in a statement. “This should not be confused with persons lawfully present on the site since before the declaration of the public utility project in 2008 and involved an expropriation procedure whose execution is not valid “ , said the prefecture.
Work planned for early 2013
For the occasion, opponents locally put out information on intervention on the frequency 107.7, usually the highways of Vinci, the dealer group of the airport project, and confirmed that first house started to be evacuated around 6:45 am. A first expulsion of fifteen people was held on 9 October in a town near Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Another took place on Monday evening in a closed and guarded house, by the concessionaire of the project du Grand Ouest Airport (AGO), reoccupied since Saturday by hundreds of activists, at Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
Preparatory work for the construction of the airport (archaeological assessment, construction of road bar) should begin in early 2013 with completion expected in 2017 and imply that the houses purchased by the dealer and those who have undergone a expulsion procedure are largely empty.
The airport project 30 km north of Nantes, is intended to replace in 2017 the existing Nantes Atlantique airport, which is located south of the city, has been approved by the State and local socialist collectives, but the new airport’s usefulness is disputed by many associations, which also highlight its environmental impact and cost.
In addition to the farmers affected by the expropriation procedures, hundreds of activists opposed to the project and close to anarchist movements have been permanently installed for over three years. These opponents have already called for the “reoccupation” in deportation cases.
La gendarmerie a commencé ce matin à évacuer plusieurs maisons dans lesquelles se sont installés des adversaires de l’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
Une importante opération d’évacuation par les forces de l’ordre de maisons squattées par des opposants au projet d’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes, au nord de Nantes, a eu lieu mardi matin. Plusieurs dizaines de véhicules de gendarmerie et de CRS ont convergé dans la nuit de plusieurs directions en convoi vers cette zone et les premières évacuations ont débuté peu avant 7 heures, selon les opposants à l’aéroport. Plus de 500 gendarmes et CRS étaient engagés, a-t-on appris sur place auprès des forces de l’ordre.
Plusieurs hélicoptères tournaient au dessus des lieux et les opposants avaient enflammé un barrage en travers d’une des routes, au milieu d’un bocage très dense de haies et de fossés. Vers 7h15, au lieu-dit le Bel Air, des CRS se sont approchés pour demander aux occupants des lieux de partir. Après l’évacuation de leurs meubles ces derniers, une vingtaine de personnes, ont été évacués de force en scandant «on n’est pas des voyous» et «on vit ici, on reste ici».
L’opération «concerne sept occupations illégales sur des espaces bâtis et quatre zones d’occupation illégales non bâties», a indiqué la préfecture de Loire-Atlantique dans un communiqué. «Cette situation ne doit pas être confondue avec celle des personnes présentes légalement sur le site depuis avant la date de déclaration d’utilité publique du projet en 2008 et concernées par une procédure d’expropriation dont l’exécution n’est pas d’actualité», a ajouté la préfecture.
Travaux prévus début 2013
Pour l’occasion, les opposants émettaient localement des informations sur l’intervention sur la fréquence 107.7, d’ordinaire celle des autoroutes Vinci, le groupe concessionnaire du projet d’aéroport, et affirmaient qu’une première maison avait commencé à être évacuée vers 6h45. Une première expulsion d’une quinzaine de personnes s’était déroulée le 9 octobre dans une commune proche de Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Une autre a eu lieu lundi soir dans une maison fermée et gardée par le concessionnaire du projet d’Aéroport du Grand Ouest (AGO), réoccupée depuis samedi par une centaine de militants, à Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
Les travaux préparatoires à la construction de l’aéroport (bilan archéologique, construction du barreau routier) doivent commencer début 2013 pour un achèvement prévu en 2017 et impliquent que les maisons rachetées par le concessionnaire et celles qui ont fait l’objet d’une procédure d’expulsion soient en grande partie vidées.
Ce projet d’aéroport à 30 km au nord de Nantes, destiné à remplacer en 2017 l’actuel aéroport de Nantes Atlantique situé au sud de l’agglomération, a été validé par l’Etat et les collectivités locales socialistes, mais son utilité est contestée par de nombreuses associations, qui mettent aussi en avant son impact environnemental et son coût.
Outre les agriculteurs touchés par les procédures d’expropriations, une centaine de militants hostiles à ce projet et proches des mouvances anarchistes se sont durablement installés depuis plus de trois ans. Ces opposants ont déjà appelé à la «réoccupation» en cas d’expulsion.
Monday evening saw a large convoy of police vehicles through Nantes on their way to the evictions.
7h ce matin : 500 gendarmes et CRS, plusieurs dizaines de véhicules et hélicoptère convergent vers le lieu-dit le Bel Air, à 30km de Nantes, pour procéder à l’évacuation d’une centaine de militants hostiles au projet d’aéroport destiné à remplacer d’ici 2017 celui de Nantes Atlantique. Le dispositif, baptisé “Opération César”, est le plus important déployé jusque ici sur les lieux.
“On vit ici, on reste ici”
Evacués de force avec leurs meubles, les militants scandent “On n’est pas des voyous“, “On vit ici, on reste ici“. Depuis trois ans, ces opposants au projet, agriculteurs concernés par les procédures d’expropriation ou proches des mouvances anarchistes, se sont installés sur le site dans des maisons désaffectées et des yourtes, décidés à empêcher la construction de l’aéroport. Un projet dont ils dénoncent l’impact environnemental et le coût.
Les travaux doivent commencer au début de l’année prochaine, et impliquent que les maisons rachetées par le concessionnaire et celles qui ont fait l’objet d’une procédure d’expulsion soient en grande partie vidées. 1.600 hectares attribués au groupe Vinci sont concernés par la procédure d’expropriation.
Les “squatteurs” appellent à la réoccupation des lieux
Les forces de l’ordre avaient déjà procédé à une première expulsion d’une quinzaine de personnes le 9 octobre dans une commune proche, tandis qu’une autre a eu lieu lundi soir dans une maison fermée et gardée par le concessionnaire du projet d’aéroport, réoccupée depuis samedi par une centaine de militants.
Ce matin, au milieu d’un bocage de haies et de fossés, ceux qu’on appelle là-bas les “squatteurs” ont enflammé un barrage, en appelant déjà à la “réoccupation” du site en cas d’expulsion.
Notre-Dame-des-Landes: evacuation of squatted houses
NOTRE-DAME-DES-LANDES (Loire-Atlantique) – A major evacuation operation by security forces in squatted houses by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes took place Tuesday morning, noted journalists from AFP.
afp.com / Damien Meyer
Dozens of police vehicles and riot police converged on the night several directions in convoy to this area, noted AFP, and the first evacuations began shortly before 7:00 am, according to opponents of the airport. More than 500 policemen and CRS were involved, it was learned on the premises of the police.
Several helicopters turned over places and opponents had ignited a dam across a road, found the AFP journalists in the middle of a grove of dense hedges and ditches.
To 7:15, at a place called the Bel Air, CRS approached to ask the occupants to leave. After the evacuation of their furniture these, twenty people were forcibly evacuated by chanting ” we are not thugs “and” we live here, stays here . ”
Operation ” for seven illegal occupation of spaces and built four zones of occupation illegal undeveloped , “said the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique in a statement.
” This should not be confused with persons lawfully present on the site since before the declaration of public utility project in 2008 and involved an expropriation procedure whose execution is not valid“said the prefecture.
For the occasion, opponents locally emitted information on intervention on the frequency 107.7, usually the highways Vinci, the dealer group airport project, and claimed that first house began to be evacuated to 6:45 am.
First expulsion of fifteen people was held on 9 October in a town near Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Another took place on Monday evening in a house closed and guarded by the concessionaire of the project du Grand Ouest Airport (AGO), reoccupied since Saturday by hundreds of activists, Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
Preparatory work for the construction of the airport (archaeological assessment, construction of road bar) should begin in early 2013 with completion expected in 2017 and imply that the houses purchased by the dealer and those who have undergone a procedure deportation are largely empty.
The airport project 30 km north of Nantes, in 2017 to replace the existing Nantes Atlantique airport located south of the city, has been approved by the State and local socialist, but its usefulness is disputed by many associations, which also highlight its environmental impact and cost.
In addition to the farmers affected by the expropriation procedures, hundreds of activists opposed to the project and close movements anarchists are permanently installed for over three years. These opponents have already called for the ” reoccupation “in deportation cases.
Major evacuation of squatted houses by opponents Nantes airport
The Monde.fr with AFP |
A major evacuation operation by security forces in squatted houses by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes, began Tuesday, October 16 in the morning. Dozens of police vehicles converged on the night train to this area, and the first evacuations began shortly before 7 am, according to opponents of the airport. More than 500 policemen and CRS were involved, according to police.
Several helicopters hovering over places and opponents had ignited a dam across a road in the middle of a grove of dense hedges and ditches. 7 to 15 h, at a place called Bel-Air, gendarmes approached to ask the occupants to leave in five minutes. After the evacuation of their furniture, these, twenty people were forcibly evacuated by chanting “we are not thugs” and “we live here, stays here” .
Operation “for seven illegal occupation of spaces and built four zones of occupation illegal undeveloped” , said the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique. For the occasion, opponents locally emitted information on the frequency response 107.7, usually the highways Vinci, the dealer group airport project.
First expulsion of fifteen people was held on 9 October in a town near Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Another took place on Monday evening in a house closed and guarded by the dealer of the proposed Airport West Grand , reoccupied since Saturday by hundreds of activists, Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
SQUATTERS AND FARMERS AGAINST AIRPORT
Preparatory work for the construction of the airport (archaeological assessment, construction of road bar) should begin in early 2013 with completion expected in 2017 and imply that the houses purchased by the dealer and those who have undergone a procedure deportation are almost all empty.
The airport project 30 km north of Nantes, for replace the existing airport in 2017 from Nantes Atlantique in the south of the city, has been approved by the State and local socialist, but its usefulness is disputed by many associations, which also highlight its environmental impact and cost.
In addition to the farmers affected by the expropriation proceedings, hundreds of activists opposed to the project and close movements anarchists, nicknamed the “squatters” were permanently installed in over three years, investing tens of deserted houses or building huts. A significant portion of these houses could be evacuated Tuesday morning, but for several months the opponents at the airport who were preparing evacuations have already called for the “reoccupation” in deportation cases.
Over the weekend, the very active and energetic protest group against a new airport at Notre Dame des Landes, near Nantes, took their protest to Paris. This coincides with an environmental conference taking place in Paris, but which will not discuss the airport issue. The protesters managed to quickly get a tractor close to the Eiffel Tower, the main symbolic image of Paris, and erect a pen for some sheep they had brought with them, which they grazed on the grass around the tower in the Champ-de-Mars. All this was watched with great interest by bemused tourists, who took loads of photos, as seeing sheep, tractor and protesters under the Eiffel Tower is not something one expects to see every day. The protest is against President Hollande’s support for building the airport, and his refusal to meet them. The protest continued over night.
Below is a very poor translation of the French (blame Google translate) but you can get an impression ….)
The opening of the conference with the omission of Environmental sensitive subjects (Notre Dame des Landes and shale gas) could leave us without reaction. Because a show was scheduled to come to the palace Jena on September 14, just to remind the President Holland Project Notre Dame and request meetings; further action was needed and unexpected as evidence. And we’re off Thursday morning with tractor and sheep in Paris.
Facing the impressive safe deployment deployed around the palace Jena, we chose a symbolic place: the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars.
Wink at Larzac course that would have led TV journalists seeking an original approach to the Conference to visit us. The only TV to meet us was “free TV” whose journalists have a long story and seemed very interested in the subject. We also had radio (France Inter, RTL) and some journalists Presse (AFP newspaper).
Draw attention to put Notre Dame des Landes in the order of environmental issues, such was our ambition. Noticed, we were!
Installation commando operation carried out in minutes: tractor landed (it only remained to decorate), dropped in sheep nimbly mounted enclosure. All this under the eye rather amused and amazed passersby, tourists nimbly unsheathed their camera and photographing everything goes: sheep and a tractor in front of the Eiffel Tower, it does not see every day!
Different services are rapidly authorities. First men in charge of the green lawn: “You must remove the sheep lawn is at rest! And your pegs? You must have damaged the sprinkler heads buried in the grass … “.
Then the men in blue safety of Paris and those of the police. All course want to speak to a manager who is found since we are all responsible! Then we overhear telephone conversations between surrealist employees and their chefs: “OK, we seek the license plate of the tractor! “Dominique hastened immediately to cover it with a sheet triangle not at the airport. Fortunately, there are the remains of an old plate cut in two occupying the overzealous police not (that one should find us friendly). “Yes, (leader), we verbalize sheep. But then the batch or individually?“. As soon as he hung up, the employee says, “I do not see a plate, I take it into my head that photo for me alone.The police are there … It does look as … “. Disagreements between men in blue we serve.
Of telephone negotiations … We undertake thirty: is it enough to resist and stay? Our strength is to be under the eye of tourists whose passage is incessant. This is what keeps us moving surely forcibly. The monitoring device is lighter: we now unmarked car with officials of the Directorate of Public Order and Traffic monitor us. Therefore, we take every opportunity arise:
–the arrival of a married couple we photograph the tractor
–a parade of two horses who park in front of us a long time waiting for the people that drivers should take the restaurant. The tractor is then inserted in the procession and will even several times around the place to start cars.
–The same operation is extended with scooters but they are fast and let go fast enough Dominique … Whatever, it is still the opportunity to ride and even go strolling through the aisles …
–affixing stickers ACIPA all the tourist buses that stop in front of us …
(Gaspilage means wastage or squandering)
Opponents of airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes settle the Champ-de-Mars in Paris.
A group of 25 opposition to the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes arrived in Paris today , 30 to 15 h. Parties Notre-Dame-des-Landes with a tractor and sheep, they moved to the Champ-de-Mars. These opponents criticize the environmental conference on 14 and 15 September “censor taboo subjects, including the draft Notre-Dame-des-Landes.” They also intend to “denounce the financial abyss that is this project, so that the economic crisis is the fiscal restraint that should be imposed, and condemn the decision to build an airport in destroying farmland, rather than develop the existing if needed. “
This Friday, another group of fifty people should join the marathon energy sobriety, place d’Iena, 9 am 30.
Tractors on the Champs Elysees! Sheep grazing beneath the Eiffel Tower! Great protest in Paris by the campaigners against the new airport in Nantes against the support of the Hollande Government for the proposed new airport.
Des opposants à l’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes s’installent au Champ-de-Mars.
Un groupe de 25 opposants au projet d’aéroport à Notre-Dame-des-Landes est arrivé à Paris, aujourd’hui, vers 15 h 30. Partis de Notre-Dame-des-Landes avec un tracteur et des moutons, ils se sont installés au Champ-de-Mars. Ces opposants reprochent à la conférence environnementale des 14 et 15 septembre de « censurer les sujets tabous, dont le projet de Notre-Dame-des-Landes ». Ils entendent aussi « dénoncer le gouffre financier que serait ce projet, alors qu’en pleine crise économique, c’est la sobriété budgétaire qui devrait s’imposer ; et condamner le choix de construire un aéroport en détruisant le bocage, plutôt que d’aménager l’existant si besoin ».
Ce vendredi, un autre groupe de cinquante personnes devrait rejoindre le marathon de la sobriété énergétique, place d’Iéna, à 9 h 30.