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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 December, 2003, 13:19 GMT
Ancient church is saved
St Laurence's Church
The church is 1,000 years old
Campaigners fighting to save a 1,000-year-old Essex church have won their battle.

The plans to expand Southend Airport would have meant the Grade 1 listed St Lawrence's Church either being demolished or moved.

The plan, rejected by the town council in August, was being taken to appeal by the airport owners.

Now the airport authorities have come up with a fresh plan for a bigger terminal which would not involve the demolition of the church.

Aerials removed

Campaigners' spokesman Martin Newman said they were delighted that the controversial plan had been dropped.|

Mr Newman, a church warden and chairman of the Friends of St Lawrence group, said the move was the best possible outcome for everyone.

The move follows the council's approval of new safety measures which mean large aerials at the lower end of the runway can be removed.

Airport director Roger Campbell said he hoped the new agreement would please everyone.

The original scheme had been dogged by local opposition with almost 6,000 letters to the council from objectors.

Council rejects runway expansion
03 Apr 03  |  England

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