Alan Dean

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by Alan Dean on 20 March, 2018

As a P.S. to my post of yesterday I provided a link to Stop Stansted Expansion’s press release and letter to the Secretary of State about Stansted Airport Limited’s (STAL) planning application for an increase in the airport’s capacity. The SSE letter provides some worrying allegations about the way in which Uttlesford District Council has been […]

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The following press release as issued today (PDF): Uttlesford’s Liberal Democrat group leader, Cllr Alan Dean, says “Uttlesford must step up to the mark over airport expansion at Stansted. Its approach so far has been too laid back and opaque. UDC has given the impression that the airport’s application to have 43 million passengers a […]

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We examined the proposed budget for Uttlesford District Council (UDC) at last Tuesday’s meeting of the scrutiny committee. There was no major objection or upset. It’s proposed that Uttlesford’s council tax rate rises by 2.99%, a whisker under the level at which a referendum would be needed by district councils. I asked for a better […]

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by Alan Dean on 1 July, 2017

Thursday evening saw a step forward towards ending the Ten Year Saga of Uttlesford’s Local Plan. The Planning Policy Working Group agreed unanimously – four Conservative, two Liberal Democrat and two Residents for Uttlesford councillors – to endorse the newly emerged draft. It now heads for Cabinet on July 6th and Full Council on July […]

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I have been silent for a couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I was in Cappadocia in Turkey. One morning we were out by 5 a.m. for a balloon flight at moon-set & sunrise over the strange landscape of that area; of eroded volcanic rock pock-marked with ancient houses and churches. You can see my […]

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Stansted Airport not on Davies Commission Shortlist

by Alan Dean on 17 December, 2013

Howard Davies’ commission’s shortlist for runway expansion in the south-east does not include Stansted. He has just published his interim report. The shortlist of three options has two at Heathrow and one at Gatwick. Heathrow could get a new runway to the north-west of the present airport or the doubling of the length of one of the […]

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BAA is dead. Stansted Airport has been sold to the Manchester Airport Group. The UK’s third largest airport has gone full circle from public sector to private sector and now back to the public sector, or at least to a company in which local authorithave are part owners, I believe. My main concern is that […]

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Credit is due to several Tory MPs who stand by their commitments and principles. Zac Goldsmith, the MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston thows down a challenge to his leader, David Cameron, in this Guardian article over what could be called election-thin commitments on a third runway at Heathrow – and against extra runways at […]

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Today’s “Evening Standard” says that Boris Johnson is backing a second runway at Stansted Airport. Maybe he hasn’t yet heard of SSE – Stop Stansted Expansion! Read the article here:

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