Rallying cry to protest against Heathrow third runway plans
Residents told proposed expansion could change village life for ever
PEOPLE living in South Bucks are being encouraged to go along to a rally later this year to protest against a third runway at Heathrow.
Britain’s biggest airport is keen to expand its site to include a new runway, and depending on where it decides to put it, the runway could have a major effect on people living in the area.
A major rally is being organised to take place in the capital on March 3 by people living near Heathrow to express concern at the plans.
Cabinet ministers, environmentalists, trade union leaders, party leaders and business leaders will join together to speak out against the plans.
It is being organised by the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN), and is being designed to give people the chance to tell the government their views on a third runway ahead of the general election in May.
One of the areas which could be affected by a third runway if it is built is Iver, and the parish council has posted a notice on its website, encouraging people to attend the rally.
Parish council chairman Wendy Matthews said: “Depending on where the third runway is built, the impact on Iver could be huge.
“It has the potential to change the village for ever, so it’s a really big issue, not just for Iver but for South Bucks in general.”
Speakers at the rally are set to include Vince Cable, secretary of state for business, leader of the Green party Natalie Bennett, former transport minister Steven Norris, John Sauven, chief executive of Greenpeace, and Andy Atkins, chief executive of Friends of the Earth.
is Airport in the process of assessing options for a new runway, and will report on its findings shortly after the general election.
The rally will go ahead on March 3 at 7pm at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster.