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  • News: Flybe’s Collapse

    12th Mar 2020 by

    Given Flybe’s collapse, it is worth re-reading Dr. James Dyke’s prescient article. Southampton airport’s owners (Ferrovial) will be attempting to seduce EasyJet and use this to ‘railroad’ Eastleigh Council’s approval of the runway extension that is required to profitably run the noisy, polluting A320 jets (Easy Jet does not run Turboprops). Time for a sustainable use… Read more

  • Eastleigh Councillors

    9th Mar 2020 by

    ACC=Airport Consultative Committee; ELAC=Eastleigh Local Area Committee – the planning panel that will decide on the expansion application ACC ELAC 5.5.20 Ward Lib. Dem. Con. Ind. David Airey X (Chair) V Margaret Allingham V Janice Asman X (Vice Chair) V Margaret Atkinson X Hiltingbury V Tim Bearder V Paul Bicknell (Vice-chair Cabinet) X X (Chair)… Read more

  • A320 take-off profiles

    16th Feb 2020 by

    Southampton airport is reported as having said that heavier planes taking off (if the expansion goes ahead) won’t be flying lower over Southampton. Hope this graph might make matters clearer. Basically this shows that the less loaded the plane (the greater the weight ‘decrement’) the steeper the take-off angle and the quicker the plane climbs… Read more

  • Tree Canopy Coverage

    5th Feb 2020 by

    A University of Southampton study reports that the 929 hectares of Southampton’s trees sequestre 2684 tonnes of CO2 annually. [https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/415849/2/Soton_i_Tree_report_final_v2.pdf page 7] This equates to 2.89 tonnes per hectare for the type and age of tree found in Southampton [note the 534 kg/hectare in the article refers to the number of hectares of Southampton that… Read more

  • Notes for Meeting Councillors

    21st Jan 2020 by

    We believe that the economic benefits of expansion have been over-estimated and do not outweigh the costs which include climate change, noise, air pollution and increased traffic congestion. THE ECONOMYThe airport claims of economic benefits are based on a 2017 report that assumes the runway extension would be built last year. Also that there will… Read more

  • AXO’s comments to Southampton City Council

    21st Dec 2019 by

    Re: 19/02021/CONSUL Airport expansion planning applicationSince almost all of the harm resulting from expansion is to be borne by residents of Southampton, mostly those living near the airport or under the flight path, we believe the City Council must scrutinise the economic case very closely to determine whether the benefits to the city are in… Read more

  • Arguments for Objection – Eastleigh

    18th Dec 2019 by

    Please feel free to use any or all of the following points in your personal objection. However an objection framed in your own words will be more powerful. AXO’s own Objection is also below for further information Airport expansion needs to be considered on a regional/national level rather than at local level – expansion of… Read more

  • Do nothing?

    10th Dec 2019 by

    Chapter 4 of the Environmental Statement (Consultation and Alternatives) threatens the locality with SIAL moving elsewhere [e.g. 4.3.6], but does not address the benefits of doing nothing, which “is not an alternative option that has been considered further”. [4.3.8]. Rather odd, as Appendix 6.1 refers to ‘business as usual’ leading to 3.3 million jobs and… Read more

  • Local aircraft NOx levels set to almost quadruple by 2027

    10th Dec 2019 by

    Southampton City Council’s Transport Policy team wrote in October 2018 (as part of its comments on the airport masterplan – page 5 para 2 see below): “SCC is making significant effort to reduce emissions associated with road transport and this should not be viewed as an opportunity to generate further capacity for other sectors.” Table… Read more

  • The Experts’ View: Prof F. Eigenbrod, Dr M. Hudson, Dr P Shaw, Dr J.G. Dyke, Prof C. Heady

    6th Dec 2019 by

    Response to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed runway expansion of Southampton International Airport Prof F. Eigenbrod, Dr M. Hudson, Dr P Shaw, Dr J.G. Dyke, Prof C. Heady Corresponding address: F.Eigenbrod@soton.ac.uk December 4th, 2019SummaryThe proposed extension of Southampton Airport runway and increase of annual passenger numbers to 3 million by 2021 and… Read more

  • Your next MP – candidates’ views

    15th Nov 2019 by

    Dear Candidate, The airport plans to extend its runway in order to accommodate more and bigger aircraft. It forecasts a doubling of passenger numbers by 2027. This will increase noise and air pollution affecting local people and make it much harder to avoid catastrophic climate change. 1. Southampton City Council {Eastleigh BC} has declared a… Read more

  • Southampton City Council Meeting 20/11/19: Join us!

    13th Nov 2019 by

    Thanks to your support in the AXO campaign so far, we have gained 1900 validated signatures in the petition to Southampton City Council. This will trigger a debate at Southampton City Council’s meeting on Wednesday 20th November 2019, 2pm. We will be presenting the following supportive evidence alongside the petition. For the PDF version, click… Read more

  • Local aviation NOx

    11th Nov 2019 by

    The LTO ( Landing and Take-Off) cycle figures quoted in EU and UK government sources refer to emissions emitted within a designated time frame and area up to 1000m height. They therefore seem the best indicator for noxious (or poisonous) emissions produced by aircraft that directly affect people living near the flightpath. Whilst CO2 has… Read more

  • SOU’s carbon footprint

    5th Nov 2019 by

    SOU (Southampton Airport) estimates that each passenger on a non-return flight to Bordeaux is responsible for 85.3 kg aviation CO2 emissions. [https://www.southamptonairport.com/media/6029/southampton-airport-public-information-session-materials.pdf page 8 ]. Assuming that only Bordeaux is served, this amounts to 170,000 tonnes CO2 each year that flights from Southampton airport account for, currently [this is more than 4 times what Eastleigh… Read more

  • Questions & Answers

    28th Oct 2019 by

    Won’t a longer runway allow more efficient planes to use the airport which will be better for the planet? The engine on the currently operated Embraer 195 jet (max. passengers 120) uses 328 Kg fuel over the standard TLO (Take-off Landing) cycle and produces 3341 g NOx [ICAO data sheet]. The engine on the Boeing… Read more

  • Flight Shame

    28th Oct 2019 by

    Flybe is already thinking of reducing its operations because many people are giving up flying because of its well-documented negative effects on climate change. https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2019/10/18/flight-shame-could-lead-flybe-to-cut-domestic-routes/?fbclid=IwAR0x4NO57qrsJgmUbgqzIH6zuhlMuspyO2IOFGwV0qj-zoELw87VkpAoHqk You can also sign up to the campaign “Are you one of the 100,000 who will be flight free in 2020?” http://www.flightfree.co.uk

  • Southern Damselfly at risk

    27th Oct 2019 by

    The soil where the runway will be extended is contaminated with asbestos https://www.asbestoslawpartnership.co.uk/news/26/Asbestos-Locomotive-Works-Railways and heavy metals (including arsenic) from the adjacent land which has housed railway works for many years. A tunnel underneath the runway will be required to access the development site to the north east of the airport site https://www.southamptonairport.com/media/5988/sou-a-vision-for-sustainable-growth.pdf [page 36] .… Read more

  • “Don’t be Fooled Again!”

    25th Oct 2019 by

    Summary of Reasons for Opposing Airport Expansion The airport plans to extend its runway in order to accommodate more and bigger aircraft. It forecasts a more than doubling of passenger numbers by 2027. This will increase noise and air pollution affecting local people and make it much harder to avoid catastrophic climate change. NOISE: The… Read more

  • Facts, Figures & Quotes

    19th Oct 2019 by

    The airport’s last masterplan in 2006 [https://www.southamptonairport.com/media/1051/southampton_masterplan_final.pdf ] claimed there would be 1541 people directly employed at the airport by 2015. In 2015 this number was actually 950. This time (2019) the airport claims there will be 1200 jobs at the airport by 2027. Taking the same % overestimation as was made in 2006, this… Read more

  • The Waterside also suffers

    12th Oct 2019 by

    Dear All, I wonder if you are aware of the extent to which residents of the Waterside area, on the other side of Southampton Water, have been affected by aircraft noise and pollution since the decommissioning of a navigation instrument several years ago. I live in Hythe and was totally unaffected when I moved here eight… Read more

  • Economics

    1st Oct 2019 by

    Missing Catalyst: According to a key representative of the aviation industry, the supposed increase in regional employment is not a major motive to let aviation grow: ‘The air transport industry’s most important economic contribution is through its impact on the performance of other industries and as a facilitator of their growth. These “catalytic” or “spin-off”… Read more

  • The Issues

    15th Sep 2019 by

    Southampton’s Airport Expansion is not conducive to the health and sustainability of the city’s residents nor its environment. If Southampton City Council is really aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030 then they should fully commit to this pledge.

  • Write to your Councillor

    12th Sep 2019 by

    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… Read more

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