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Marchers brave the rain to protest against airfield closure

Posted on Sunday 19th February 2012 at 10:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Campaigners prepare to set off from Golf Course Lane

Several hundred marchers braved heavy rain on Saturday to protest against the planned closure of Filton Airfield by its owners BAE Systems.

The campaigners say the airfield’s closure will jeopardise jobs in the local aerospace industry and they are angry that South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has revised its Core Strategy planning blueprint to allow the building of 3,700 homes on the site.

Several hundred people gathered at the Golf Course Lane entrance to the Airbus site at 12pm before marching down Filton Hill (A38), passing the eastern end of the runway, before assembling to hear speeches near the Royal Mail depot.

Participants came from a broad spectrum of society, including union leaders and members, local Councillors (of many political persuasions), aerospace workers (past and present) and even families with young children.

Tony Burke, assistant general secretary of the Unite union, told the marchers:

“We view this as a key priority and need to protect the jobs of our members in the aerospace industry. We want to see the site growing and thriving and our main concern is the closure of the airfield could mean a rundown at Filton.”

More: Campaign has cross-party support; Debate at SGC this week »

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Campaigners and trade union to stage airfield protest march

Posted on Thursday 16th February 2012 at 9:46 pm by SH (Editor)

First landing of the Airbus A380 at Filton Airfield, Bristol

The Save Filton Airfield group and the Unite union are holding a march in protest at South Gloucestershire Council’s decision in their Core Strategy plan to allow the redevelopment of Filton Airfield.

The group believes that the inclusion of this development is deeply flawed as it not only jeopardises the future potential for aerospace and aviation in the North Fringe, it also involves the building of an additional 3,950 new homes without addressing the congestion and infrastructure problems that already plague the Filton/Stokes area.

Save Filton Airfield protest march

The extra housing is on top of already agreed plans to build 2,200 homes at Charlton Hayes in Patchway and a further 1,750 at Cribbs Causeway and land south of the airfield.

Supporters are invited to gather on foot by the entrance to Airbus on Golf Course Lane (off Southmead Road) [map] at 12pm on Saturday (18th February), from where they will march down Filton hill (A38) to the Rodney Gate, where union leaders and campaign members will make an address.

People are advised to park on the opposite side of Southmead Road to avoid congestion on Golf Course Lane.

For further details [PDF], click on the poster thumbnail image.

More: Closure would be "catastrophic" says Unite spokesperson »

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