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Countryside Watch

The main task of the group's Countryside Watch is to help to implement, at a local level, the aim of the Ramblers' Association of defending the beauty of the countryside by watching out for all kinds of development which adversely affect the countryside and to respond and campaign appropriately. The Countryside Watch also builds close links with the group's footpath care team, the planning department of the local authority and parish councils, and with organisations such as CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England).


As walkers we are all users of the countryside and should help with its protection. Through WEP (West Essex Programme, the members' news sheet) the Countryside Watch has been keeping members informed of special campaigns and consultations seeking their help where appropriate. This website should add to this.


During 2005 Countryside Watch was actively involved in the “Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign” and in protesting against the government plans to build low cost houses in the M11 corridor.

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE)

The Stop Stansted Expansion campaign group operates as a working committee of NWEEHPA (North West Essex and East Herts Preservation Association) and is actively supported by the following organisations:


Albury Parish Council

All Saints Nazeing Wives Group

Ashby Rise Trust

Bengeo Rural Parish Council

Berden Parish Council

Birchanger Parish Council

Bishop's Stortford Civic Society

Bishop's Stortford & District Footpaths Association

Boreham Conservation Society

The Braughing Society

Brent Pelham & Meesden Parish Council

Brickendon Liberty Parish Council

Broad Oak Aircraft Noise Group

Broxted & District Community Association

Broxted Parish Council

Campaign Against Unsustainable Stansted Expansion

Chantry Community Association

Chrishall Parish Council

The Clare Society

Colne/Stour Countryside Association

CPREssex

Debden Parish Council

Dedham Vale Society

Duxford Parish Council

Elsenham Parish Council

Essex Wildlife Trust

Felsted Parish Council

Friends of the Earth (Saffron Walden & District)

Friends of the Earth (Stort Valley)

Fyfield Parish Council

Good Easter Parish Council

Great Bardfield Parish Council

Great Canfield Parish Council

Great Chesterford Parish Council

Great Dunmow Town Council

Great Easton Parish Council

Great Hallingbury Parish Council

The Hadstock Society

Hatfield Broad Oak Parish Council

Hatfield Heath Parish Council

Hempstead Parish Council

Henham Village Magazine

High Easter Parish Council

High Ongar Parish Council

High Roding Parish Council

High Wych Parish Council

Hockerill Residents Association

The Hoddesdon Society

Ickleton Parish Council

The Ickleton Society

Leaden Roding Parish Council

Little Bardfield Parish Council

Little Canfield Parish Council

Little Dunmow Parish Council

Little Easton Parish Council

Little Hadham Parish Council

Little Hallingbury Parish Council

Long Distance Walkers Association (Essex Herts Group)

Manuden Parish Council

Margaret Roding Parish Council

Matching Parish Council

Moreton, Bobbingworth & The Lavers Parish Council

Much Hadham Parish Council

The National Trust

Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society

Newport Parish Council

North Weald, Bassett & District Rural Preservation Society

Parish Council of Ugley

Quendon & Rickling Parish Council

Roydon Parish Council

The Roydon Society

Saffron Walden Library Society

Saffron Walden Town Council

The Sampfords Parish Council

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council

Stansted Preservation Association

Stapleford Abbotts Parish Council

Stebbing Parish Council

The Stebbing Society

Stocking Pelham Parish Council

Takeley Local History Society

Takeley Parish Council

Thaxted Parish Council

The Thaxted Society

Thorley Manor Residents

Thorley Parish Council

Toppesfield Parish Council

Ugley Parish Council

The University of the Third Age (Bishop's Stortford Branch)

Uttlesford District Council

Uttlesford Group of the Ramblers Association

The Ware Society

Watermill Estate Residents Association

Watton-at-Stone Conservation Society

West Essex Ramblers Association

Widford Parish Council

Willingale Parish Council

Wyddial Parish Council


Publication of the Air Transport White Paper in 2003 allowed the Government to take a step backwards. BAA can no longer hide behind the Department for Transport and is the prime target for SSE's campaign to prevent expansion. On behalf of tens of thousands of residents, Stop Stansted Expansion will pursue a relentless campaign of challenges against BAA – legal, commercial, planning and regulatory. SSE expects its campaign to continue for years rather than months until proposals for a second runway are eventually abandoned or rejected on environmental or economic grounds. The more immediate task is to fight the environmentally unsustainable proposals to expand use of the existing runway beyond the approved limit of 25 million passengers per annum.