Lets ignore for a moment the 13 listed buildings at risk, lets ignore the affect on local people and lets ignore the fact that what this country needs is a major international airport oop North to serve Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham etc (of course my "Northern cousins" moan like heck that everything goes to London but then they want none of the impacts - like a flipping airport. RANT OVER.).
No, Stansted threatens Hatfield Forest
Hatfield is of supreme interest in that all the elements of a medieval Forest survive: deer, cattle, coppice woods, pollards, scrub, timber trees, grassland and fen, plus a seventeenth-century lodge and rabbit warren. As such it is almost certainly unique in England and possibly in the world …….The Forest owes very little to the last 250 years ….. Hatfield is the only place where one can step back into the Middle Ages to see, with only a small effort of the imagination, what a Forest looked like in use.Oliver Rackham, 1976.
I can tell you that in my part of the world Hatfield is incredibly special (it has trees over 600 years old). The development of Stansted has undoubtedly impacted on the Forest. Its a darn site noisier than it was when I was a lad for a start.
Now I'm not naive I know that we need good transport links BUT I remain unconvinced that Stansted is the place.
I know I've posted the link to the petition before but here we are again