Ral­ly­ing cry to protest against Heathrow third run­way plans

Res­i­dents told pro­posed ex­pan­sion could change vil­lage life for ever

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

The Com­mis­sion

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.

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