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© Licensed to London News Pictures. 08/02/2020. Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, UK. "No Bristol Airport Expansion" weekend of protest in Weston-super-Mare, where North Somerset Council will decide on Monday 10 February whether to approve expansion plans for Bristol Airport which is situated in the local authority area of North Somerset. Picture a model ostrich with its head in the sand, joined by 100 other XR protestors with their heads in the sand. Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) is staging a 3 day peaceful vigil outside the Town Hall that will lead up to and include the time of the Planning Committee meeting on Monday at 6pm. Events include a beach art action, street theatre, and protest march. The event is co-hosted by Extinction Rebellion groups from Weston, Bristol and other groups around the region who oppose the expansion of Bristol Airport. Bristol Airport, situated in North Somerset, has plans to increase capacity for 12 million passengers a year, up from its current capacity of 10 million by 2026, and their application is due to be considered at a special meeting of North Somerset's Planning and Regulatory Committee on February 10. North Somerset Council officers have recommended the application be approved despite more than 5,400 objections and around 2,200 letters of support. Objections have highlighted the detrimental effects for the local communities including increased air and noise pollution, increased traffic congestion and the loss of Greenbelt land around the airport, but the urgent need to tackle climate change is one of the main reasons why people are objecting. Photo credit: Simon Chapman/LNP.
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