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 Tuesday, 21 January, 2003, 13:26 GMT
Meet our campaigners
Norman Mead
Chairman

"In 1977 we moved from Harlow to the relative peace and quiet of a country village at Great Hallingbury, near Stansted Airport.

I live a mile from the airport runway and to one side of the flight path. During peak hours, planes can pass at the rate of every two to three minutes.

If expansion goes ahead the fivefold increase in capacity which is being predicted will mean the noise will be almost continuous. My home isn't threatened by expansion but my quality of life - like that of many thousands of local people - certainly is.

Since I retired in 1986, have played an active role in containing the impact of the airport - most recently becoming chairman of Stop Stansted Expansion in response to the government's proposals for Stansted announced last summer."


Maggie Sutton
Campaigner

"I live in Broxted village in a Grade II listed cottage with my husband and five children.

We have lived here for over six years and it was our choice to move to a more rural area because we believed the quality of life for our children would be better.

In that time we have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside and picturesque villages and which characterises the area.

This part of rural Essex has one of the highest concentrations of surviving timber framed buildings - including my listed cottage. If expansion goes ahead, we will lose our home, our community and friends and family will be scattered.

We will be robbed of the life we wanted for our children when we came here and there will be nothing to hand onto future generations."

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