Support the AXO campaign by contacting your 3 ward councillors to share your concerns and asking them to object to the expansion. Visit Southampton City Council’s website here to find your councillor and their contact details.
We have written a template that you may wish to use, as below:
Dear [Councillor Name]
I am emailing to ask that Southampton City Council rethink its position in the light of Parliament’s declaration of a climate emergency and the 2019 amendment to the Climate Change Act target for zero net carbon by 2050, by publicly stating that the Council objects to the expansion of Southampton International Airport. Aviation is becoming responsible for an increasing proportion of greenhouse gas and other emissions.The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) identifies several aviation measures to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, including restraint on growth of airports.
Aviation growth both nationally and locally is inconsistent with UK emissions targets. In addition, an expanded Southampton airport will increase air pollution in our already polluted city, increase noise for those under the flight path with more flights and bigger aircraft.
There will be few, if any, benefits for Southampton residents (we get a worse quality of life to enable more people to fly – and nationally 70% of flights are taken by just 15% of people). The promise of low-paid jobs is not enough to cover the cost to us, as Southampton citizens, of all the above.
More flights by a Green City Charter signatory will undermine the Charter and make a mockery of the Southampton Council’s efforts to achieve a low carbon future for our city. I accept the need for a small regional airport at Southampton whilst acknowledging that the Climate Crisis means we must all fly less. Flights from Southampton are decreasing anyway, and if Heathrow is expanded regional airports will lose traffic, potentially making expansion of Southampton unnecessary. Carbon offsetting is not a viable solution. I assume that the airport is only making its own activities carbon neutral as there is no way they can make the activities of the airlines using the airport carbon neutral.
I know that the planning decision will be made by Eastleigh, but Southampton City Council will be a consultee and we would like you to stand up and say you oppose expansion (as Twyford has) for the above reasons. I want you to retract the support you have already given to the idea of airport expansion, as key stakeholders in the consultation for the airport’s master plan last year. I urge you to rethink your position.
Thank you for your consideration.