Objection to airport’s water pollution application

To: psc-waterquality@environment-agency.gov.uk
Subject: London Southend Airport: Environmental Permit Application – Ref EPR/HB3790ND/A001

Dear Sir/Madam,

I write to object in the strongest terms to Environment Permit Application EPR/HB3790ND/A001 submitted to the Environment Agency by London Southend Airport. Granting this application will permit the airport to discharge up to 360 cubic metres of deicing chemicals into local watercourses each day. Continue reading

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Environment Agency releases airport application documents

After some difficulty, we have been able to obtain the documents relating to Southend Airport’s application to allow up to 360m3 of de-icer to flow into local watercourses each day. Thanks to Tolga Kulahcigil for obtaining these.

We will shortly prepare a response to the environmental application and post it on the SEEFoE website. Continue reading

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World War II shelter in Priory Crescent

Recent research by local campaign group Saxon King in Priory Park to establish what became of the tunnels under the former Ecko factory on Priory Crescent has drawn a blank as Bellway Homes and Southend Borough Council try to hide what they know about the site. We suspect that the tunnels were damaged or destroyed in the process of demolishing the buildings above them.

However, on 14th December 2001, Peter and Denis Walker arranged a visit to the site and took photos of what they found. These photos are shown below. Some of the tunnels had been used for storage and they learned that over the years, most of the interesting historical items – posters, signage, etc. had been removed. Continue reading

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Letter to Lord Smith re Environment Agency

Dear Lord Smith,

I wanted to draw your attention, as head of the Environment Agency, to what I regard as unacceptable behaviour from your agency.

I have been campaigning against the extremely damaging expansion of Southend Airport since 2008, as it turns out, unsuccessfully. The local authorities (Southend Borough Council and Rochford District Council) have done everything they can to suppress public engagement in the planning process and ignoring the will of the people proceeded to grant planning permission for an extended runway at the airport in 2010. Following completion of the runway extension, the aerodrome has been operating as a passenger airport for EasyJet and other low-cost airlines for the last two years. Continue reading

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Airport business parks…could the idea take off?

Growth - Southend Airport with, inset left, the site of the proposed Saxon Business Park and, inset right, Jon Fuller and Denis Walker

Growth – Southend Airport with, inset left, the site of the proposed Saxon Business Park and, inset right, Jon Fuller and Denis Walker


IS it a crucial plan which will generate jobs and prosperity for the towns near Southend Airport? Or a pie-in-the-sky, possibly damaging plan which should be thrown out?

Southend and Rochford councils have designed a Joint Area Action Plan for the future of the airport and the area around it for decades to come. Continue reading

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Airport pouring de-icer into river

An airport has been releasing almost 80,000 gallons of de-icer into a river every day this winter.

Southend Airport has been pouring the chemical into Prittle Brook, which flows into the larger River Roach in Essex. Stobart, the airport’s owner, has applied for a permit from the Environment Agency to allow 79,188 gallons of de-icer to be released into the stream daily.

Paul Gilson, of Leigh and Southend Fisherman’s Association, said: “I’m extremely concerned about it. This is serious.” A spokesman for Southend Airport said: “The Environment Agency reports little or no impact on watercourses and wildlife.”

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Fears airport growth could close golf club

Campaigners say concreting over flood plains would lead to regular flooding


BOSSES of a 120-year-old golf course fear for its future if plans to extend the area around Southend Airport go ahead.

Golfers and management at Rochford Hundred Golf Club say building further on to the flood plain could lead to severe flooding on the course and make it unplayable.

They gave evidence as the South East Essex Friends of the Earth group began its planning challenge in front of a Government inspector hoping to stop Rochford and Southend councils’ Joint Area Action Plan. Continue reading

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Improve sea defences at Shoebury but no new homes on the floodplain

Local residents, concerned by plans to improve the sea wall at Shoebury Common, have contacted this group for assistance. Their fear is that the council will improve the sea wall and then permit the construction of new homes on the floodplain.
With the gradual rise in sea levels (which will accelerate due to climate change) and increasing risk of storms, it is essential that flood defences are improved. However, the construction of new homes at or below sea level would be grossly irresponsible and must be opposed. Residents are advised to study this advice from the Environment Agency: – http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/33698.aspx

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The need for more traffic calming, not less.

It has been very concerning to see some ill-informed comments by a minority of local councillors complaining about speed bumps around the town. Surely everyone ought to understand that speed bumps play a vital part in reducing speeds, making it safer for people to walk and cycle and leave a polluting car at home.

This group has a very proud history of intervening at a national level to help secure the 1999 target to halve the number of children killed and seriously injured on our roads within 10 years. That target, which entailed the use of far more speed bumps, chicanes and 20mph zones resulted in saving the lives of over 520 children. All humane people will support it and the measures that made it possible. Continue reading

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The Energy Bill: Public Meeting

The group is holding a public meeting on the Energy Bill (energy we can all afford) on Friday 1 March at 7.45pm at the Leigh Community Centre, Elm Rd, Leigh. We will have two national campaign speakers and local MP, David Amess, to discuss the implications of the Bill. The format will be in question time style so people can pose questions on the crucial issues of the cost of gas and electricity, the need to decarbonise the energy supply and other issues of concern to them.

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