PICTURES: Mass protests in Weston over airport expansion
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Hundreds of campaigners gathered in Weston on Saturday for a day of protest against Bristol Airport’s controversial expansion plans.
Campaigners from the Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) and members of Extinction Rebellion groups from across North Somerset came together for a day of activities at the Town Hall and beach.
The plans, which would see Bristol Airport expand its facilities to accommodate 12 million passengers a year, will be decided at a special meeting of North Somerset Council's planning committee, at the town hall, at 6pm, tonight (Monday).
Saturday's 'shenanigans' included the unveiling of a future statue dedicated to the councillors who voted against the expansion, a march through the town centre, and a mass heads in the sand protest on the beach.
Paula Birtwistle, from Extinction Rebellion Weston, said: "The aim of the day was to emphasise the connection for people between the airport's expansion plans and the climate crisis.
"We decided to use art to show people the real and tragic impact our actions have on the world, and the people and animals we share it with and that we do have choices in what happens and this decision is happening in our town."
A vigil is also being held outside the town hall on Monday evening, with more protestors expected to congregate outside the town hall in the run to the meeting.
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Tarisha Finnegan-Clarke, coordinator of BAAN added: "This peaceful vigil is the culmination of a year of extensive campaigning against Bristol Airport's destructive plans to expand.
"North Somerset Council has declared a climate emergency and it is crucial the councillors on the planning committee follow through with this commitment.
"This is one of the biggest decisions the council will make which will affect the lives of so many people in the region and beyond."
Council planning officers have recommended the plans for approval subject to subject to necessary transport, road and other environmental improvements, plus controls over noise and aircraft movements.
A spokesman for Bristol Airport said it 'welcomed the conclusions reached by the officers report' and 'hoped they would be echoed by members of the planning and regulatory committee'.