This story by Sinead Holland What's next for Stansted Airport and SSE? appeared in the Herts and Essex Observer on May 27, 2010. BAA still intends to expand Stansted airport by increasing the number of passengers who use the airport each year.
This story and video Campaigners rejoice as Stansted Airport bosses scrap second runway plan appeared in the Herts and Essex Observer on May 27, 2010. BAA has finally announced that it is withdrawing its plan for a second runway at Stansted Airport.
The newly elected coalition government has made it clear that it will refuse extra runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. See this BBC page for a summary of the new government's policy: Coalition sets out plans for on runways and nuclear
This story: MPs 'not convinced' about Stansted second runway appeared in the Herts and Essex Observer of December 10, 2009.
These two stories: Ryanair calls for Stansted sale and BAA bids to keep Stansted appeared in the Herts and Essex Observer on October 22, 2009. BAA and Ryanair were both giving evidence at the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
On April 29, the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign (SSE) was informed that its written application to the Court of Appeal, which sought permission to appeal against the High Court's decision to uphold expansion approval, had failed. The Right Honourable Lord Justice Laws ruled the appeal should not be allowed because there was no real prospect of success. Despite this setback, SSE spokesman Peter Gowan confirmed that SSE wanted an oral hearing to give evidence against BAA's permission for plans to expand from 25m to 35m passengers a year.
The full story appeared in the Herts and Essex Observer of April 3: New court defeat for SSE.
Stop Stansted Expansion issued this press release on 28 April 2009, detailing its analysis of how the most recent budget would affect expansion plans for Stansted airport.
This story: Competition Commission rules that Stansted Airport must be sold within two years appeared in the Herts and Essex Observer on March 19, 2009.
Stop Stansted Expansion has welcomed the decision of the Competition Commission to compel the British Airports Authority to sell Stansted Airport within two years: Press release (19 Mar 2009) from Stop Stansted Expansion.
This story: Stansted second runway inquiry delay appeared in the Herts and Essex Observer at the beginning of March.
This story: Fury at airport lobby links to No 10 appeared in The Observer on 18 January.
Despite the reasoned protests of local residents and environmental groups and despite the government's declared aim of reducing carbon emissions, transport secretary Geoff Hoon granted written permission (on 9 October) for Stansted airport to increase the number of flights by 23,000 per year.
For the latest news on this issue, see the Stop Stansted Expansion website.
For the full report, see the Planning Inspector's report on the Stansted G1 appeal.
Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly and Communities Secretary Hazel Blears have signalled a further delay in deciding BAA's 2006 planning application for the removal of the 25 million annual passenger limit at Stansted Airport.
For more details on this, see Stop Stansted Expansion website: Inquiry delay.