Southampton Airport legal challenge hits £10k target

AXO members protesting outside Eastleigh’s Swan Centre

Southampton Airport runway extension objectors have hit their £10,000 target since setting up a crowdfunding page on GoFundMe on June 1.

The money raised goes towards funding a Judicial Review of Eastleigh Borough Council’s approval of the plan.

So far there have been just over 200 donations, which campaign group AXO (Airport Expansion Opposition) has confirmed would be used for the “start” of the legal process though a spokesperson for AXO acknowledged that more money is likely to be needed “to see it through to the end.”

As previously reported, AXO believes the decision taken by the Liberal Democrat controlled council, both in terms of the way it was taken, and the arguments to justify it, “was wrong” and that it should “undergo independent scrutiny”.

Steve Szalay, operations director at Southampton Airport has told the BBC:

“We are extremely disappointed that the challenge from the opposition group may potentially add further delay to not only the project but also the creation of over 250 jobs as part of the construction phase. We are resolutely committed to these runway extension plans and the 2500 jobs it will protect and enable.”

Eastleigh Council has said that it’s “confident that both the way in which the decision was taken, and the arguments to justify it, are sound.”

Comments on AXO’s GoFundMe page include one from donor Gavin Millar who quotes Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey as saying:

 “The UK cannot combat the climate crisis if we continue to expand our airports.”

Yesterday, local members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) handed out leaflets and picketed a nature walk organised by Southampton Airport timed to coincide with World Environment Day with the theme of “with the theme of Ecosystem Restoration”,

While speaking to a reporter from community news website Bitterne Park Info a spokesperson for XR  described the event as stunt organised by the airport to ‘greenwash’ their environmental credentials.

 

Orignal source. Bitterne Park Info