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West of England leaders to formally oppose expansion of Bristol…

West of England leaders to formally oppose expansion of Bristol Airport
2021-09-15 10:55:00
Leaders of the west region (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) and North Somerset) are expected to change their minds, and instead of backing expansion of Bristol airport, now oppose it.  Metro mayor Dan Norris is tabling a motion at a special meeting on 21st September of the West of England Combined Authority’s (Weca’s) joint committee, which he leads, that would scrap its previous endorsement of the plans.  The motion could be carried by a majority vote of the 5 members, so the motion will be carried if Mr Norris (Bristol) and Cllrs Guy (B&NES) and Davies (North Somerset) support it as expected. Cllr Guy said: “Airport expansion is fundamentally incompatible with local councils’ commitment to tackling the climate emergency.”  Mr Norris’s motion includes the statements that:  There is a climate and biodiversity emergency … The West of England has ambition net zero targets for 2030 …The proposed expansion of Bristol Airport is one of the biggest carbon decisions in the region for the coming decade.  And “The Joint Committee resolves: To oppose the latest plans to expand Bristol Airport.” .Tweet   West of England leaders to formally oppose expansion of Bristol Airport 15TH SEPTEMBER 2021 LOCAL DEMOCRACY REPORTER POLITICS (Bath Echo) The region’s leaders are set to make a dramatic U-turn and formally oppose Bristol Airport’s expansion, it can be revealed. Metro mayor Dan Norris is tabling a motion at a special meeting of the West of England Combined Authority’s (Weca’s) joint committee, which he leads, that would scrap its previous endorsement of the plans. Labour’s Mr Norris, who succeeded Conservative Tim Bowles at May’s local elections, is calling on the leaders of the four local councils who sit with him on the committee – Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) and North Somerset – to “show moral leadership” on the climate emergency and vote in favour. It looks set to be approved after B&NES Lib Dem leader Cllr Kevin Guy, who is seconding the motion, and North Somerset Council’s leader, independent Cllr Don Davies, said they would back it. It is not known how South Gloucestershire Council’s Tory leader Cllr Toby Savage or Bristol’s Labour mayor Marvin Rees will vote at the meeting on Tuesday, 21st September. Both recently championed the airport’s claim at a business breakfast that it would become net zero by 2030, although this does not include aeroplane emissions. But the joint committee decision will be by a majority vote of the five members, so the motion will be carried if Mr Norris and Cllrs Guy and Davies support it as expected. This would follow the lead of B&NES and Bristol City councils which passed motions in 2019 and 2020 respectively opposing the expansion. However, it may have little bearing on the current public inquiry into the airport’s appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against North Somerset Council’s decision to refuse permission for the proposed increase in passengers from 10million to 12million a year. Mr Norris said: “We are in the midst of a climate and biodiversity emergency. The vast majority of people across North Somerset, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire know this and are rightly extremely concerned. “Regrettably some politicians are still to catch up with local public opinion. “The global pandemic has drastically shrunk the amount of air traffic. “Meanwhile extreme climate emergency events are seeing super high temperatures, fires, floods and melting sea ice around our fragile planet. “I believe these deeply concerning phenomena have fundamentally changed the wa

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