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Airport eXpansion Opposition accepts the need for a small regional airport at Southampton, whilst acknowledging that the Climate Crisis means we must all fly less.

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Legal action on airport extension decision

Obviously we are very disappointed in the refusal of permission to appeal against the the judicial review decision. Our main concerns remain both the changing climate and local people who will end up suffering a lot more aircraft noise. We call on the airport to genuinely engage with the people who will be affected, and to do everything they can to encourage airlines to use less noisy jets. We also call on them to be honest about flying’s damaging effects on the climate (which extend far beyond the ‘direct operations’ they are promising to make ‘net zero’) and the implausibility of ‘green’ aviation being available on a large enough scale in time to avert climate catastrophe.

What can I do?

Now that the runway extension can now go ahead it is very important to engage with the airport on minimising the severe impacts of noise on local people.

Respond to the noise consultation

The airport is beginning its consultation on the new noise action plan and we urge our supporters to take part in this, as well as getting involved in the noise forum, when you can. Airspace modernisation is also underway. This means that flying corridors are altered and could see noise eased for some at the cost of much increased noise for a smaller number of people.

Complain if aircraft noise bothers you

Please email, giving the day, time and your postcode. They will be able to identify which plane it was, log your complaint, and check whether it was following the correct path. We are hearing comments that aircraft are using different flight paths from those used before the pandemic but the reason is not clear.

Write to your MP asking for a better aviation strategy

If you think we shouldn’t be relying on new ‘Jet Zero’ aviation strategy which encourages growth in flights just at the time when action on carbon emissions is so urgent, contact your MP through this campaign from Possible:

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Join us to find out how you can get involved. Please email and paste: “Please add me to your mailing list. I agree you can email me about Southampton Friends of the Earth.” ( The AXO mailing list is coordinated by Friends of the Earth Southampton.)

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Think tank calculates Southampton Airport extension will cost taxpayer £742m

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) says the cost of cleaning the extra carbon emissions generated at Southampton Airport as a result of extending its runway has been underestimated and will end up costing tax-payers £742 million. NEF’s latest analysis uses new government guidance which they say shows the true climate cost of Eastleigh Borough Council’sContinue reading “Think tank calculates Southampton Airport extension will cost taxpayer £742m”

Marlhill trees under threat again

Southampton Airport has appealed Southampton City Council’s Planning Committee’s refusal of permission to fell trees in Marlhill Copses southern edge, known as “compartment 1(a)(i)”. This compartment comprises tall pines and other trees along the edge of the woodland path and the application was to fell almost all of these trees and replant with low-profile plants.Continue reading “Marlhill trees under threat again”

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