About Us

What is GALBA?

The Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) is a group of concerned citizens in West Yorkshire. We come from a range of backgrounds and from across the political spectrum. We've come together to stop the proposed expansion of LBA for a number of reasons - see why oppose expansion?

On 10 March 2022, the Chief Exec of Leeds Bradford Airport announced he had withdrawn LBA’s planning application. This means the airport cannot start unrestricted flying at 6am, nor carry on till 11.30 pm, nor remove the limit on the number of night time flights. These are all changes that LBA wanted in order to allow them to make 16,000 more flights per year. This cannot happen now because the existing rules on daytime and night time flying will stay in place. This is a victory for our climate and our communities and it was won by people power!

But it’s not completely over yet. We know that LBA will do whatever it can to try and increase its Australian owners’ profits at the expense of our climate and our communities living near to the airport. So we’re keeping a close eye on what they do next and our legal experts are looking into claims made by LBA’s Chief Exec. And that legal advice means we still need to spend money.

Together we can still stop LBA expansion.
We can still choose a safer, cleaner, greener and quieter future.

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What has GALBA been doing?

In 2019, LBA was given permission to expand its existing terminal building in order to increase passenger numbers. Then the Council proposed building a new road to the airport - right over greenbelt land. GALBA started in 2019 as an informal group of individuals who were concerned about these expansion proposals. We were alarmed then by the same issues as now - greenhouse gas emissions, noise, air pollution, greenbelt destruction, traffic congestion. We reached out to other like minded people and held public meetings. Then we were surprised to learn that LBA intended to make a fresh planning application to the Council. This gave us another chance to stop expansion - so we grabbed it with both hands!

 

When LBA submitted its ‘pre-application’ to the Council in January 2020, we joined with others to protest outside and inside Leeds Civic Hall. Then Covid and lockdown arrived so we had to adapt to campaigning in very unusual circumstances. We got more organised and established GALBA as a formal association in April 2020, not long before LBA submitted their full planning application in May. It’s been all systems go since then! The Council approved LBA’s planning application – but we asked the Secretary of State to hold a public inquiry into LBA expansion. On 19 January 2022, he agreed to ‘call in’ LBA’s plans and hold a public inquiry. Then on 10th March 2022, LBA’s Chief Exec announced he had withdrawn the planning application! We’ve won a big battle but the fight goes on. We’re keeping a close eye on whatever LBA tries next so we still need your support! Please make a donation and Join us today.

No one is paid for their time in GALBA’s campaign - we are people power in action! Together we have stopped LBA expansion. We have chosen a safer, cleaner, greener and quieter future.

Who are GALBA?

GALBA’s supporters come from all over West Yorkshire and beyond, from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. Our committee members all live in Leeds and Bradford. We are:

  • Chris Foren, Chair

  • Ian Coatman, Secretary

  • Pauline Bailey, Treasurer

  • Nick Hodgkinson, Membership Secretary

  • Tim Goodall

  • Nicky Ford

  • Victoria Smith

  • Jane Thewlis

  • Manny McKenzie

  • Mike McGrath

  • Helen Pickering

  • Jess Fowle

Everyone on committee is acting in a personal capacity, not as a representative of any other organisation.

Our constitution

You can read GALBA’s Constitution below.