GALBA are raising money now, for the first stages of…

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GALBA are raising money now, for the first stages of…

GALBA are raising money now, for the first stages of their challenge at the public inquiry
2022-02-14 11:12:00
In January the government announced a public inquiry into the expansion plans of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). It will take place in September. The airport wants to increase passenger numbers by 75%. Despite thousands of objections, including all of Leeds’ Labour MPs, Leeds City Council approved LBA’s planning application on 11 February 2021. LBA is owned by an Australian private equity company and is not short of cash. GALBA will be David to the airport’s Goliath at the public inquiry, so the campaign has launched a crowdfunding appeal and is asking supporters to make donations as soon as possible.  The first stage is to submit an opening ‘statement of case’, setting out the key legal reasons why LBA should not be allowed to expand, which GALBA will present to the inquiry. So raising funds to meet the legal costs is an urgent priority for the next few weeks. The second challenge is to find expert witnesses who will present evidence to the inquiry about the consequences of expansion, including climate damage, socio-economic issues, planning law, noise and more. GALBA hopes that some experts will donate their time for free or at a reduced rate. .Tweet   Even if people can only donate £10 or £20, it all helps! Leeds Bradford Airport expansion: what next? The government has announced a public inquiry into the expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport. Campaigners are now fundraising to cover costs. by Nick Hodgkinson  (GALBA) In January, the government announced there will be a public inquiry into the expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) – but what does that mean for anti-expansion campaigners? There have been many plot twists to this story since Leeds Bradford Airport’s announcement, in January 2020, of their plans to increase passenger numbers by 75%. Despite thousands of objections, including all of Leeds’ Labour MPs, Leeds City Council approved LBA’s planning application on 11 February 2021. The Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) immediately asked the government to ‘call in’ the decision and hold a public inquiry. Then everything went on hold until 19 January 2022, when Michael Gove, secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, agreed to GALBA’s request. So what happens next? Public inquiry will be costly: can you help? The immediate priority for GALBA is fundraising. Even with some experts hopefully helping free of charge and a legal team working at reduced rates,

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